R. Buckminster Fuller
American, 1895-1983
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Vernacular Environments, Part 2,
Edward Cella Art and Architecture
Architecture of Life,
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Atrium Gallery

Best known for popularizing the geodesic dome, R. Buckminster Fuller produced theories and contributions to science, architecture, and design that amounted to a sweeping and utopian vision for the future. Self-described as a “comprehensive, anticipatory design scientist,” Fuller sought to alter the landscape of daily life with his prefabricated homes and cutting-edge vehicles. “My objective was humanity’s comprehensive success in the universe,” he once said. His projects include the “Dymaxion” house and car, whose simplicity and adaptability to different landscapes were intended for mass production and efficient living, though neither was ever made widely available. The spirit of Fuller’s inventiveness remains influential to present-day entrepreneurs, artists, and inventors alike.