Kwadraat–Bladen: a series of graphic experiments (1955-1974) tells the story of the Kwadraat–Bladen, journals for graphic design, visual art, literature, architecture and music – a revolutionary publishing venture founded by Dutch graphic designer Pieter Brattinga.
This week we are looking at Bruno Munari's An Illegible Kwadraat–Blad. Bruno Munari (1907–1998) was an Italian artist, designer and writer. At the start of his career he was inspired by Marinetti and the Futurist movement. He was one of the founders of the Movimento Arte Concreta a few years later. His work is extremely varied, from manifestos, advertising, children's books, sculptures to lamps, toys and forks. He wrote books on a wide range of subjects, such as Munari's Machines, Design as Art
(now available as a Penguin Modern Classic) and Speak Italian:
The Fine Art of the Gesture.
The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London is currently (until 23 December 2012) hosting an exhibition entitled Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past.
Munari's Kwadraat–Blad is ingeneously wrapped in a large sheet of paper printed with handwritten text in several languages. Inside lies a sixteen–page booklet of unprinted and cut-out sheets of red and white paper, bound in a grey cover. At first glance the booklet looks rather conventional, but once opened it demonstrates an entirely new approach: different geometric shapes can be made with the cut-out pages.
Essay: Dingenus van de Vrie
Foreword: Wim Crouwel
Editors: Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook