LIBER LIBRI
Exhibitions, Italy, Pisa, 12 January 2013
Paolo Albani, Katia Alicante, Fernando Andolcetti, Valentino Barachini, Francesco Barbieri, Carlo Battisti, Leonora Bisagno, Sergio Borrini, Emma Caprini,Cosimo Cimino, Piergiogio Colombara, Mario Commone, Bruno Conte, Andrea Crosa, Anita D'Orazio, Fiorito & Fluturel, Felice Galli, Delio Gennai, Anna Guillot, Elisabetta Gut, Emilio Isgrò, Theodoros Lalos, Alfonso Lentini, Dario Longo, Juan Pablo Macìas, Mauro Manfredi, Paolo Marchi, Alberto Martini, Anna McCarthy, Francesco Moretti, Cesare Nardi, Nadia Nava, Giancarlo Pavanello, Martina Riescher, Paola Romoli Venturi, Clara Rota, Massimo Salvoni, Max Schmölz, Danilo Sergiampietri,
Lorena Sireno, Renato Spagnoli, Clea Stracke & Verena Seibt, Giacomo Verde.

In people's memories, the book is an object consisting of many pages, on the pages there is always a literary text, technical, scientific, artistic, and so on. The telephone book is considered a book, too, and in some houses it is the only book .
So a person who wants to make a joke can ask herself: the book by itself as an object, lacking any text, a book without pages filled with words, a book that can only be looked at or touched, may it communicate something?
Even without reading the text, a "large" book most likely is a dictionary or an encyclopedia, a small book with a yellow cover a detective story. A children's book is full of colors and shapes.
A scientific book is full of numbers ........
In 1932 Tullio Mazzotti Albissola created a book made of cans as a support for Marinetti's Futuristic poems. Instead, the book "The Watermelon Opera" in 1933 made by Munari and Tullio Albissola can be called a composition with two hands.

About the same time, Depero made his bolted book (bound with two true bolts). Since that time, the books began to turn into objects, no longer needing many words to fill their pages, and in the late forties Munari created a whole series of Unreadable Books made by using the material properties of all kinds of cards and all the possibilities of editorial technology such as the binding, the punches, the format of the pages, and so on.

Today, many artists have invented a large number of objects in the form of books so that only taking into account the different materials, we have books of marble, glass, cloth, rubber, shaving cream ........ .....
All these books communicate a message about the material and the content of poetry made up also of words and colors.
Of course it is about knowing how to "read" it.

Milan, October 27, 1993 Bruno Munari

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