Credits: Leo Eloy and Júnior Franzin


On show from September 4th to November 10th, 2019.

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the Museu da Casa Brasileira (MCB), an institution of the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo, bring to the capital the exhibition BRUNO MUNARI: change is the only constant in the universe, on display between September 4th and November 10th. Curated by the historian Alberto Salvadori, the show features 117 works by the Italian designer and artist, giving an overview of what was produced from the 1930s until the end of his career. The show has the support of Ferrero.

Credits: Leo Eloy and Júnior Franzin

For the exhibition at the MCB, rare editions of art books were selected, which reveal Munari’s performance in the field of editorial design, in addition to a series  of children’s books for which he won the Hans Christian Andersen Prize, in 1947. also experiments that Munari carried out with the use of light on different surfaces – such as projection on a wall, photocopies and studies on polarized light. Other examples of the diversity of his production are the graphic series “Negativo Positivo” and the sculptures “De Viagem” and “Côncavo Convexo”, a work that stood out in the artist’s career, as well as two of his best-known pieces: “A chair for short visits” and “Habitáculo”, a multifunctional bed for children – a project that won the Compasso d’Oro Award in 1979.

Opening of the Show

Credits: Junior Franzin

Bruno Munari (1907-1998) was one of the multifaceted figures of 20th century art and design who, during his career, built a true idea of ​​alternative reality. He was a graphic designer, artist and educator, and during his professional career he was in constant dialogue with different artistic forms and currents. His projects were recognized with four Compasso d’ Oro awards, the oldest and most prestigious award for Italian industrial design, in 1954, 1955, 1979 and, in 1995, for the work as a whole. He was also honored by international awards, such as the Japan Design Foundation in 1985. Munari has collaborated intensively with graphic and editorial production, having published several books aimed at children. The Munari method, developed by him and aimed at education for art, is still applied worldwide today.

Bruno Munari Productions

Credits: Disclosure Bruno Munari

Alberto Salvadori, responsible for the selection of works, is specialized in the History of Modern and Contemporary Art in European countries, having studied at the University of Pisa (Italy) and worked in some of the main art institutions such as the Gallery of Modern Art of the Pitti Palace in Florence. Salvadori will give a lecture at IED – European Institute of Design, on 29/08, entitled Multi Munari – Molti Munari, alongside prof. Rafael Toledo, coordinator of the Design of Products and Services (IED) area, in which he will present the different streams of Munari’s work. The curator will also make a special visit to the exhibition on September 4th, at 6:30 pm, with limited spaces – registration through the MCB website from August 27th.

Bruno Munari Productions

Credits: Roberto Marossi
Book ‘Fantasy, Design and Literature for Children’ by Michaella Pivetti

As part of the program parallel to the exhibition, the MCB will promote a series of workshops through its Educational Program, aimed at the different fields of activity of Munari. The activities will focus on childhood between October 12th and 19th, when the book ‘A Fantasia, Design and Literature for Childhood’ by Michaella Pivetti (Editora Limiar) will be released. Michaella will talk about fantasy in children’s literature, sharing a conversation with illustrator Odilon Moraes and Professor Free Docente from the Project Department at FAU-USP Clice de Toledo Sanjar Mazzilli.

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About MCB
The Museu da Casa Brasileira, an institution of the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020, is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the material culture of the Brazilian house, being the only museum in the country specializing in architecture and design. The MCB’s program includes temporary and long-term exhibitions, with an agenda that also includes educational service activities, debates, lectures and publications contextualizing the museum’s vocation for the formation of critical thinking on themes such as architecture, urbanism, housing, economy creative, urban mobility and sustainability. Among its numerous initiatives, the MCB Design Award, the main award in the segment in the country, held since 1986, stand out; and the Casas do Brasil project, to rescue and preserve the memory of the rich diversity of living in the country.

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