CategoryTriennale di Milano
Dates01/03/2019 - 01/09/2019
ThemeBroken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival
The XXII International Exhibition of La Triennale di Milano is taking place from 1 March to 1 September 2019, under the theme "Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival". The XXII Triennale di Milano is curated by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design and Director of R&D at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
It received formal recognition from the General Assembly of the BIE on 12 June 2018, and is supported by the members of Fondazione La Triennale di Milano: the Italian Government, the Lombardy region, the City of Milan, and the Milan, MonzaBrianza, and Lodi Chamber of Commerce.
The XXII Triennale di Milano is composed of a thematic exhibition and a number of international participations.
Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival is an in-depth exploration of the strands that connect humans to the natural environment, which have been intensely compromised, if not entirely severed, over the years. By casting a wide net on architecture and design projects, the exhibition underlines the concept of restorative design, highlighting objects and concepts at all scales that reconsider human beings’ relationship with their environments – including both natural and social ecosystems.
The thematic exhibition includes a number of directly commissioned works and multiple loans. The commissions highlight design approaches aimed not only at correcting humanity’s self-destructive course, but also at replenishing our relationship with the environment and with all species – including other human beings. These projects are often continuations of a body of work previously started and are meant to encourage designers to consider their practice as long-term research. The XXII Triennale di Milano believes that design should be accorded as much respect and trust as science, especially when it comes to dealing with major revolutions that involve humans and their behaviors.
The loans represent a selection of circa 120 design and architecture projects from the last three decades, examples and in some cases milestones of restorative design. This is the first time these projects are placed within the same conversation, and in fact the same space, with the aim to unearth design’s potential to mediate societal and behavioral changes.
The international participations are broadly diverse in topics, perspectives, contexts, and geographies. The projects hail from some of the world’s leading institutions and universities, and countries as far afield as Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Haiti, and Australia to name just a few.
All the exhibitions are installed within the spaces of La Triennale di Milano and the surrounding areas. The international participants occupy the ground floor of the Palazzo dell’Arte, while the thematic exhibition is located on the first floor.
Conceived by Paola Antonelli as a project that extends well beyond the walls of La Triennale site, Broken Nature also consists of: an online platform for dynamic discourse and to unveil the curatorial process; a public programming and symposia; and a catalog with essays from scientists, scholars, designers, and critics, as well as a section devoted to international participations.
AlgeriaThe SongExhibition produced by Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Housing, Urban Planning and the City, and the Algerian Agency for Cultural Influence AARC
AustraliaTeatro Della Terra AlienateExhibition produced by the University of Technology, Sydney
AustriaCircular Flows – The Toilet RevolutionProduced by MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
ChinaEnvironmental Consciousness in DesignExhibition produced by Tsinghua University, Tongji University, College of Design and Innovation, Shanghai University, Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts
CubaArte e Revoluzione – Las esculeas de la arte, La HabanaExhibiton produced by Norma Rodríguez Derivet – Consejo Nacional Artes Plásticas
Czech RepublicOut of Power Tower – LithopyExhibition produced by The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
FinlandEveryday ExperimentsCurated by Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
FranceDe la pensée au visible. Design As A Large Ring.Exhibition produced by Institut français.
GermanyCarceri d’InvenzioneExhibition produced by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin
HaitiKay Casa Maison HomeExhibition produced by Francesca Rava Foundation – NPH Italy
Italy 4 Elements / Taking CareExhibition produced by Politecnico di Milano
LebanonTawaf – A Genealogy of a TreeExhibition produced by Lebanese Ministry of Culture
LithuaniaManifoldExhibition produced by Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
MyanmarHarmony between Nature and Human BeingExhibition produced by Republic of the Union of Myanmar
The NetherlandsI See That I See What You Don’t SeeExhibition produced by Het Nieuwe Instituut
PolandMYCOsystemExhibition produced by Adam Mickiewicz Institute
RussiaThe Moscow River AgeExhibition produced by Meganom, architectural practice Moscow Architectural Institute
SloveniaThinking the Conditions of our TimeExhibition produced by University of Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design Industrial Design and Applied Arts Department - Master’s degree program
Sri LankaA Piece of Sky – Restoring the Life CycleExhibition produced by Promolanka Holdings
TunisiaGenesis and Development of a Local Culture
United KingdomMaps of DefianceExhibition produced by V&A In collaboration with Art Jameel; supported by British Council; additional support provided by Arts Council England