Triennale di Milano

01/03/2019 - 01/09/2019

Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival



The XXII International Exhibition of La Triennale di Milano will take 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 will be 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 will underline 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 will include a number of directly commissioned works and multiple loans. The commissions will 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 will 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 will be 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 will be 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 Senegal, Sri Lanka, Australia, and Cameroon, to name just a few.

All the exhibitions will be installed within the spaces of La Triennale di Milano and the surrounding areas. The international participants will occupy the ground floor of the Palazzo dell’Arte, while the thematic exhibition will be 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.