The Triennale di Milano

The Triennale di Milano is the only BIE-regulated Expo that is always organised in the same city: Milan. It is a unique global meeting place for the key players of the design industry and the general public. As the nature of the Triennale matched the criteria set by the Convention of 1928 to describe an Expo, it was brought under the scope of the BIE's regulatory activity as early as 1933.

It takes place every 3 years, with a break between 1996 and 2016.

The Triennale di Milano Identity Card:

Trademark: Its top design pieces

Who creates the event: The Triennale di Milano is organised by the Triennale di Milano Institution.

Who participates to the event: Countries, regions, municipalities, universities, firms, design centers, art associations, museums, non profit entities, young groups of designers and more are invited to participate and exhibit their work.

Who visits the event: The event is open to the general public, but target number 1 is the design industry. The XXI Triennale in 2016 attracted over 475,000 visitors.

Why: The Triennale di Milano intends to reflect upon the role of design in our society and how it can improve our quality of life.

How: Each Triennale focuses on a theme, a vision, that will fuel the participants' exhibitions and stimulate discussion. The Triennale provides each participant with an exhibition space in which they can showcase their work, ideas and innovations on the theme. The exhibits can take multiple forms: objects, installations, audio-visual material, clothes, paintings, sculptures etc.

When: The Triennale takes place every 3 years, with a break between 1996 and 2016.

Where: The Triennale historically took place in the building of the Institution, in the Palazzo dell'Arte in Milan. For the first time in 2016, the Triennale also took over other emblematic buildings located throughout Milan and its suburbs.

The latest Triennale di Milano: 2016

Urban Impact: The Triennale is hosted in existing buildings in Milan and exhibition areas go back to their usual purposes after the Expo.