Italian artist/designer/inventor Bruno Munari published his “Libro Illeggibile” in 1949.
He continued to create artist’s books —and many other things— until his death in 1998. Tonight’s flick from Edicion de Arte shows page-throughs of three of his artist’s books: An Unreadable Quadrat Print, Libro Illeggibile N.Y. 1, and Le Forchette di Munari.
Although they may not derive directly from Munari’s first libro illeggibile, you can see reflections of it in works as disparate as Claire van Vliet’s Aunt Sallie’s Lament
and children’s books by Antonio Ladrillo.
If you have a few spare minutes this weekend and would like to look through the seventh edition of Libro Illegibile, you can watch a video here. There are instructions for making your own version included.
(Libro Illeggibile is still in print in its seventh edition. You can purchase a copy here for the excellent price of only $9.50 USD.)