From Monday June 15th it is possible to visit the highly anticipated exhibition Between Munari and Rodari at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. A unique initiative strongly desired by the Committee for the celebrations of the Rodarian Year established by Biblioteche di Roma. The project is the result of the collaboration with Biblioteche di Roma, with which Biblioteche di Roma– Italian illustrator and designer, precursor of the times, artistic pride of our country – has always worked in a steadly. It is not just a tribute to two great people of the Italian twentieth century but it is a recognition of their artistic encounter, a real human and intellectual collaboration that deserved an appropriate celebration.
On the one hand Gianni Rodari, timeless writer, giant of Italian literature, on the other hand Bruno Munari, father of revolutionary industrial design and creator of memorable illustrations – many of whom have precisely punctuated Rodari’s small masterpieces. The writer would have turned 100 this year. Many initiatives organized throughout Italy to commemorate it. Him and his timeless works. Filastrocche in cielo e in terra, Il libro degli errori, Favole al telefono, C’era due volte il barone Lamberto, who are milestones of literature, and not only for children. The exhibition is a maze of panels set with real jewels: original works, unpublished archival photos, found correspondence. A bright window on the kaleidoscopic personality of the two Italian geniuses.
But in addition to genius, the project highlights the human component, the inexhaustible commitment to the world of childhood. Both strongly believed in the importance of an education based on the fusion of art and play. In compliance with this common inclination, part of the exhibition is dedicated to the animated nursery rhymes project. A digital laboratory set up in advance by the Palazzo delle Esposizioni during the lockdown period. Main objective: to stimulate and artistically involve the little ones, precisely through the drawing and retracing the footsteps of the master Munari, whose simple and stylized forms recall precisely the first strokes of the children on the sheets. The most famous Italian illustrators willingly participated in the workshop, for each of whom Bruno Munari is and will remain the undisputed master. Their works, together with those of children, complement the already rich path of the exhibition.
The exhibition can be visited until October 24, 2020 each Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 8pm. Friday and Saturday from 10am to 10.30pm. It is closed on monday. Of course, given the emergency, reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online. In compliance with the safety rules, the temperature will be measured before entering the Palazzo delle Esposizioni. Admissions will be quoted and staggered every half hour. In the museum it is mandatory to wear a mask and respect social distancing. But this is really a small thing, an insignificant disturbance to the beauty that you can enjoy, step by step, drawing after drawing, word after word. It is Italian culture to be really proud of. Ignoring it would be a crime.