Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival

This is the title of the XXII Exhibition of Triennale di Milano running from 1st March to 1st September 2019. Curated by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design and Director of Research & Development at the New York Museum of Modern Art, the XXII Triennale explores the relationship between man and nature, which is deeply compromised nowadays

Paola Antonelli portrait

The XXII Triennale consists in a themed exhibition, 22 international participations, the installation The Great Animal Orchestra made by Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists, commissioned by Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, and the special exhibition La Nazione delle Piante – The Nation of Plants, curated by Stefano Mancuso. Three international participations have been awarded with the Bee Awards: Australia has won the Golden Bee, Austria the Black Bee and Russia the Wax Bee.

As explained by Paola Antonelli, Broken Nature invites to reflect on the measures we should take to recreate the broken link between man and nature. Design can help unleash imagination, adopting concrete solutions to reestablish those connections with everyday gestures.

XXII Triennale: the themed exhibition

The themed exhibition consists of four works commissioned to international designers: Formafantasma (Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin), Neri Oxman and her Mediated Matter research group of the MIT Media Lab, Sigil Collective (Khaled Malas, Salim Al-Kadi, Alfred Tarazi and Jana Traboulsi), Beirut and New York-based collective, and Accurat, a research and innovation firm (project by Giorgia Lupi and Gabriele Rossi).In addition to the commissioned works, the themed exhibition includes a selection of about 100 architecture, art and design projects from the latest 30 years. Among them we can mention the Quinta Monroy housing project by Elemental and Martino Gamper’s 100 Chairs in 100 Days.

The Nation of Plants

Stefano Mancuso, neurobiologist, has created the exhibition “The Nation of Plants,” an articulated path to better understand what plants are and their importance for life on Earth. The exhibition shows how plants are made, their working, their organization, their function, and indicates what we can learn from them.The XXII Triennale is a project consisting of a digital platform,, that will be active during the whole exhibition, a public program, a series of conferences and a bilingual (Italian/English) catalogue published by Triennale di Milano in partnership with Electa, including essays by scientists, researchers, designers and critics as well as a section dedicated to international participations.

In the video by DDN TV, Paola Antonelli tells us about the XXII Triennale.

XXII Esposizione della Triennale, Palazzo della Triennale di Milano, viale Alemagna 6. Until 1st September 2019

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