Triennale di Milano

01/03/2019 - 01/09/2019

Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival

Participants (Countries)


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

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.

International Participants

The Song
Exhibition produced by Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Housing, Urban Planning and the City, and the Algerian Agency for Cultural Influence AARC

Teatro Della Terra Alienate
Exhibition produced by the University of Technology, Sydney

Circular Flows – The Toilet Revolution
Produced by MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Environmental Consciousness in Design
Exhibition produced by Tsinghua University, Tongji University, College of Design and Innovation, Shanghai University, Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts

Arte e Revoluzione – Las esculeas de la arte, La Habana
Exhibiton produced by Norma Rodríguez Derivet – Consejo Nacional Artes Plásticas

Czech Republic
Out of Power Tower – Lithopy
Exhibition produced by The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague

Everyday Experiments
Curated by Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture

De la pensée au visible. Design As A Large Ring.
Exhibition produced by Institut français.

Carceri d’Invenzione
Exhibition produced by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin

Kay Casa Maison Home
Exhibition produced by Francesca Rava Foundation – NPH Italy

4 Elements / Taking Care
Exhibition produced by Politecnico di Milano

Tawaf – A Genealogy of a Tree
Exhibition produced by Lebanese Ministry of Culture

Exhibition produced by Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius

Harmony between Nature and Human Being
Exhibition produced by Republic of the Union of Myanmar

The Netherlands
I See That I See What You Don’t See
Exhibition produced by Het Nieuwe Instituut

Exhibition produced by Adam Mickiewicz Institute

The Moscow River Age
Exhibition produced by Meganom, architectural practice Moscow Architectural Institute

Thinking the Conditions of our Time
Exhibition produced by University of Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design Industrial Design and Applied Arts Department - Master’s degree program

Sri Lanka
A Piece of Sky – Restoring the Life Cycle
Exhibition produced by Promolanka Holdings

Genesis and Development of a Local Culture

United Kingdom
Maps of Defiance
Exhibition produced by V&A In collaboration with Art Jameel; supported by British Council; additional support provided by Arts Council England

United States