The Experience

Design spread throughout Milan

While all previous editions of the event took place in the historical building of the Triennale - the Palazzo dell'Arte – the 2016 edition extended to the entire city of Milan in several prestigious venues. Participants had over 22,000 m2 spread throughout Milan and Monza to exhibit their works in a wide variety of settings.

Nineteen different locations, mixing historical venues as well as contemporary art centres, were selected to host the exhibition. These included Villa Reale di Monza, the contemporary Ansaldo Museum of Cultures designed by David Chipperfield, the Hangar Bicocca dedicated to the production, display and promotion of contemporary art, the youth centre for cultural production Fabbrica del Vapore, the 150 year-old Politecnico University, the former site of Expo 2015 Milano, and the Bovisa Campus that houses Europe's major school of design.

Design spread throughout Milan

A wide variety of participants

The second novelty of the XX1T compared to previous editions was the nature of its participants. To increase the scope of the event and generate true variety in terms of exhibits, ideas and stimulating discussions, new actors participated in the Triennale, including cities, regions, universities, firms, design centres, art associations, museums, non profit entities, young groups of designers and more.

In total, over 30 countries participated in XX1 Triennale. Click here to see the list of international participants.

A cross-disciplinary and engaging event

The XX1T consisted of many events on photography, film, new media, architecture, urban planning, ecology, design, fashion, communication, graphic design, art, theatre as well as temporary exhibitions, conferences and lectures. Visitors were able to participate in training courses, workshops, master courses and seminars organised with international training centres, design teams and top-quality manufacturing facilities.

The programme included 23 exhibitions; 11 of which were curated by the Advisory Committee of the XX1T and 12 which were organised in cooperation with external institutions (museums, public authorities, institutions and companies).