Bruno Munari’s Imaginary Museum of the Aeolian Islands (1955)

This proposal to expand and diversify the domain of “art” is analogous to Bruno Munari’s Imaginary Museum of the Aeolian Islands (1955), which in turn was inspired by the Readymade* and Situationist movements.

*Term applied from 1915 to a commonplace prefabricated object isolated from its functional context and elevated to the status of art by the mere act of an artist’s selection (MoMA).

In addition, more theoretical information and resources – questioning the meaning of art itself – can be found at:

Books & Articles (updated 10.2016)

  1. Rudolf Arnheim, Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye (2004)
  2. Vladimir Arkhipov, Home-Made: Contemporary Russian Folk Artifacts (2006)
  3. John Berger, Ways of Seeing, (1973)
  4. E. H. Gombrich, Art and Illusion (2000)
  5. Bruno Munari, Fantasia (1977)
  6. Bruno Munari, Design as Art (1966)
  7. Constant Nieuwenhuis: New Babylon. Opus International #27 (September 1971)
  8. Constant Nieuwenhuis: Internationale Situationniste #2 (December 1958)
  9. Yuriko Saito, Everyday Aesthetics (2008)
  10. Lucy Lippard, Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 (1997)
  11. Keri Smith, The Wander Society (2016)
  12. Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers (2008)


  1. Gene Weingarten “Pearls Before Breakfast”, Washington Post Staff Writer (2007)
  2. SerraGlia “A rear view mirror to see Art”, Art is Everywhere (2013)
  3. SerraGlia “Art is the process”, Art is Everywhere (2012)
  4. SerraGlia “Do we perceive beauty?”, Art is Everywhere (2012)
  5. SerraGlia “Art vs Museums”, Art is Everywhere (2012)
  6. SerraGlia. “Art needs time”, Art is Everywhere (2012)
  7. Maura Judkis, “$1.1 million sculpture damaged by cleaning woman in German museum”, Washington Post (2011)
  8. “Cleaner bins rubbish bag artwork”, BBC News (2004)
  9. “Found object”, Wikipedia
  10. Alan Kaprow, Art Which Can’t Be Art (1986) Ubuweb
  11. Douglas Huebler, Statement (1969) Ubuweb
  12. “Overzealous cleaner ruins £690,000 artwork that she thought was dirty”, The Guardian (2011)
  13. Brain Eno, Encounter documentary (1993) (@ 17:12 Brian Eno explains why he pissed into Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain”)
  14. “Cleaner clears up Hirst’s ashtray art”, The Guardian (2001)