Triennale Milano revealed today the details of its 23rd International Exhibition, themed “Unknown Unknowns. An introduction to mysteries”.

In an online press conference, Stefano Boeri, President of Triennale Milano, presented the theme and introduced the key figures behind the 23rd International Exhibition, which will take place from 20 May to 20 November 2022 and which was recognised by the 167th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) on 1 December.

Palazzo dell'Arte, home of Triennale Milano

The 23rd International Exhibition of Triennale Milano will be curated by Ersilia Vaudo, astrophysicist and Chief Diversity Officer at the ESA European Space Agency. The design of the installations will be carried out by Francis Kéré, architect and founder of Kéré Architecture. As with previous editions, the International Exhibition of Triennale Milano will consist of thematic exhibitions – curated by Ersilia Vaudo – and exhibitions produced by international participants invited by the Government of Italy.

The Secretary General of the BIE, Dimitri S. Kerkentzes made a video address during the event alongside Italy’s Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Dario Franceschini, and Undersecretary of State of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Manlio Di Stefano. Attilio Fontana, President of Regione Lombardia, Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan and Carlo Sangalli, President of Milan, MonzaBrianza and Lodi Chamber of Commerce, also took part in the press conference.

The speech of Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) during the press conference for the XXIII International Exhibition of Triennale Milano

Stefano Boeri indicated: “The 23rd International Exhibition, “Unknown Unknowns”, will be an opportunity to carry out a collective reflection on the near future. With Broken Nature we have told how the bonds that unite humans to the natural environment over the years have been profoundly compromised, if not completely destroyed. The present time and the coronavirus epidemic have given us a profound fragility, due also to the fact that the sphere of phenomena that we do not know – and that we did not know we did not know – has expanded enormously. Humanity as a whole is faced with a challenge that is both to expand our knowledge – of the laws of the universe and nature, of the vital world of plants and animals, of the submerged continents of the psyche and the oceans – and to change our perspective on the role that our species will play in deciding the future of planet Earth. A beautiful and difficult challenge that Triennale, as it has always done in its history, wants to transform into a collective and proactive reflection."

Stefano Boeri, President, Triennale Milano

Dimitri S. Kerkentzes stated: “The 23rd edition of the Triennale Milano International Exhibition will advance the mission, shared and recognised by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) since 1933, of pushing the boundaries of human endeavour in search of new perspectives and answers to the pressing questions of our time. In today’s world, faced with so many challenges and uncertainties, this unique and transparent platform will go beyond the questions we know and ask those that we do not. In doing so, artists, scientists, designers and creators will explore and present new angles on the world we inhabit and forward-thinking outlooks on our shared future.”

For more information on the XXIII International Exhibition of Triennale Milano, visit the official website.