Bruno Munari - The Circle
The Circle Bruno Munari, 1964
"God is a circle whose center is everywhere but whose circumference is nowhere." The circle is associated with perfection, cyclicity, superiority of the divine, but also instability and motion. In nature spherical soap bubbles and circular tree growth rings; it is said to be a perfect circle of O Giotto, while perfection is tangible in the Tondo Doni of Michelangelo and in the Virgin with the Child of Botticelli. The Knights of King Arthur gathered around a round table to symbolize their equality, so today we gather in the circle to make decisions or see a show. Bruno Munari collects and describes in this extraordinary small encyclopedia tens of uses in the centuries of this fascinating and mysterious form, as unstable as ieratical. Along with The Square and The Triangle, it is part of a special Munari trilogy dedicated to these forms, to their history and their meanings and uses.
Bruno Munari (1907-1998) was an Italian artist, designer and inventor. "Since his very first experiences in the 30s among the artists of the Second Futurism, he always dedicated his creative activity to every form of “experimentation”, with a particular attention to the world of children and their games and toys. Never separating content from form and materials, what he designed were at once books, book-objects and games that would make us think."
88 pages, Softcover 15.5 x 15.5 cm English text Re-edition
Printed in Italy