Mr. Andrea Cancellato, Director General of the Triennale di Milano

Triennale Takes Milan

La Triennale di Milano has, for the first time since its official opening on 2 April 2016, presented its Progress Report to Member States of the Bureau International Expositions (BIE), during their 159th General Assembly on 15 June.

Back after a 20-year-hiatus, the XX1 Triennale is different from past editions, and is based on the theme ‘21st Century. Design After Design’. While past Triennale exhibitions were always held in a single location and focused on the future, the current edition has a presence in 19 sites and simultaneously addresses the past, present and future.

Mr. Andrea Cancellato, Director General of the Triennale di Milano

The different exhibition sites include museums (the MUDEC Museum of Cultures , the Triennale Design Museum), Universities (the University of Milan and Milan Politecnico) and symbolic locations including La Fabbrica del Vapore, the Hangar Bicocca, and the Pirelli Tower. Furthermore, since last month, the ‘City after the City’ exhibition has been hosted at the heart of the former site of Expo 2015 on a surface covering 17,000m2.

Twenty-seven thematic exhibitions exploring the theme of design are spread throughout the city of Milan and its surroundings. These exhibitions look at the tradition and history of design, its definition today, and its future applications and implications, accompanied by a rich and diversified cultural programme.

Following Expo 2015, Milan changed its colours into those of the XX1 Triennale and welcomed a new “mascot”, a symbolic object that resembles a sort of a yellow totem, reminiscent of the East-Berlin Fernsehturm. The object, presented in different situations of daily life, is a reminder of the importance, in the 21st century, of the presence of Design in our lives.


As with the World Expo in 2015, Milan is once again opening the doors to the world with the Triennale. This 21st edition of the exhibition reflects the growing role of new countries in the world of design; 33 countries are participating in the Triennale with 39 exhibitions. Alongside known and renowned countries in the field of design, such as Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany and Japan, the XX1 Triennale also lets visitors discover design from Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Lebanon, Myanmar, Liberia and South Sudan, all participating around the theme ‘Design after Design’.

Between the beginning of April and end of May, the XX1 Triennale welcomed over 258,700 visitors. The XX1 Triennale Delegation reminded the BIE General Assembly that workshops, conferences, shows, events and meetings will continue taking place in and around the city until 12 September, when the XX1 Triennale will close.

The XXI Triennale 2016 with Clarice Pecori Giraldi

La Triennale di Milano - Vice President Clarice Pecori Giraldi

Last week, the XXI Triennale 2016 was granted recognition by the BIE. This means the Expo organisers can officially prepare for the event and start inviting participants. This recognition has special historic significance since XX1 Triennale will mark the rebirth of this iconic Milanese design event after a gap of 20 years.

In a flash interview, Ms Clarice Pecori-Giraldi, Vice President of the Triennale di Milano (the organizer of the event), tells us about the content of the Expo and how it will interact with Expo Milano 2015.


How is the Triennale preparing the content of the 2016 Expo?

The Triennale has hosted several weeks ago the first of several meetings between the Scientific committee of the XXI Triennale, the general public and institutions. It was very interesting. What has come back is that the theme of the Triennale, Design after Design has implications that go beyond the object designed and question what is behind the object. And that is labour. So XXI Triennale 2016 will not only be addressing "Design after Design" but maybe also "Labour after Labour".

The Triennale will be hosting Expo Milano 2015's Art and food area. Could you tell us about this participation in the Expo?

The art and food area is going to be set in the building of the Triennale. It will be the Expo's only location inside Milan. We expect a lot of traffic to this exhibition. It will be very interesting to see Expo 2015 finding its own voice in our building.

Will you use Expo 2015 to communicate on XXI Triennale 2016?

Definitely we will. We will be presenting the history of Triennale in the art and food area, and we will also be inviting visitors to come back in 2016.

The Triennale 2016 to tackle the role of design in a globalized world

The Triennale di Milano

The Triennale di Milano 2016 hosts today its first meeting dedicated to its theme “XXIst century - Design after Design”. This meeting will allow the scientific committee of the Triennale to explain the philosophy behind the theme, its objectives and the questions that it raises.

Today’s event is essential in the preparation of the Expo as it will present the theme to international experts and participants and sharpen the vision of the organizers themselves. The meeting will be inaugurated by Claudio de Albertis - president of the Triennale Institution and Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales - Secretary General of the BIE, who will give the opening speech.

The Triennale was the first Exhibition held under the auspices of the BIE in 1933. Since then, and until 1996, 13 editions have been organized under the BIE competence. The Expo is managed by the Milan Triennale Insitution, a unique cultural body dedicated to exhibitions and events in the field of architecture, design and crafts. According to the Secretary General of the BIE "The Triennale has been an engine of culture and society reflecting and interpreting the transformation of the 20th and 21st centuries.”

After a break of almost 20 years, the BIE and La Triennale are working together again to prepare the 2016th edition of this inspiring event. The theme “XXIst Century - Design after Design” will address key issues such as the impact of globalisation and communication technologies on design, the transformations following the 2008 crisis, the relationship between cities and design, design research as a circular activity or the art of design and anthropology.

For more information on the Triennale di Milano 2016 click here.  

The renaissance of the Triennale di Milano - Interview of Claudio de Albertis (video)

Claudio de Albertis, President of the Triennale

Claudio de Albertis, at the General Assembly of the BIE in november 2013

The last International Triennale di Milano took place in 1996. 2016 will be its rebirth. Claudio de Albertis, President of the Triennale di Milano answers our questions on this new edition.

In a few words :

After a pause of 20 years, the Triennale di Milano will resume its international exhibitions in 2016. As part of the DNA of the Triennale, it was only a matter of time before they started again. 2016 will offer a new and improved version of the Triennale as the exhibition will no longer be limited to the Palazzo dell'Arte but will be spread all over the city engaging with more visitors and more participants. As the first edition of this century, the 2016 event will be held under the theme "21st century, design after design". With this theme, the Triennale hopes to present the new trends in design today, and how they are intrinsically linked to the evolution of the world. The organizers of the exhibition are currently working on the recognition process and developing a strong cooperation with Expo Milano 2015.