23rd International Exhibition Triennale Milano: travel with 400 artists

More than 400 international artists, designers and architects from 40 countries confront the theme of mystery and the unknown at the 23rd International Exhibition Triennial in Milan. To see, slowly, until December 11, 2022.

A constellation of exhibitions exploring the mysteries that surround us has taken over the Milan Triennial for the 23rd International Exhibition, open to the public from 15 July.

Held every three years since 1923, the International Meeting, one of the most important for design and architecture, aims to be an important forum for reflection on the many manifestations and perspectives of design. For this 23rd edition, the exhibition’s curator, astrophysicist Ersilia Vaudo (responsible for diversity at the European Space Agency), invites “Unknown Unknown. An Introduction to Mysteries” (Unknown Unknown. An introduction to the mysteries) to open our eyes to the mysteries that surround us – technological, biological and climatic changes – but also to imagine different futures and new ways of inhabiting them. As tradition dictates, this is a topical issue, but voluntarily non-disciplinary, that is, one that is neither completely enclosed within the boundaries of architecture nor design.

Facade of the Triennale Milano – DSL Studio

Main exhibitions

The theme exhibition is the nerve center of the 23rd international exhibition with more than 100 works, projects and installations by international artists, researchers and designers who confront each other in the unknown.
For the purpose of recycling and sustainability, the scenography of the thematic exhibition was created exclusively through 3D printing and produced in the space of the triennial itself with large printers designed specifically. Only materials of natural origin have been used, mainly originating from the food industry.
Along the exhibition route there are also four listening rooms (Listening chambers), spaces where sound becomes speech and where the visitor can indulge in the stories of great personalities from the scientific world. A special installation by the European Space Agency (ESA) concludes the thematic exhibition with a surprising view of Earth.

colorful designer installation
Yesterday morning, DSL Studio

23. Triennale Milano: International Participations

In addition to the thematic exhibition, a section dedicated to international participation, invited under the auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions, is being developed in the institution’s common areas under the curation of Francis Kéré, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2022.
Thus, 22 pavilions – including a very successful French pavilion, and a large representation of Africa with six pavilions – offer a diverse vision in terms of perspectives, contexts and themes, but which also reflect the different cultural traditions.
The works designed for the Triennial by the curator of the international department, Francis Kéré, clearly invite visitors to use all their senses. Among them, The Present of the Future is a 12 meter high tower decorated with contemporary interpretations of traditional Burkina Faso architectural motifs. This tower evokes the idea of ​​exploration and creates a set of images that speak to both the past and the future.

Exhibition of the real world
The real world, photo: Andrea Rossetti

Real World, the exhibition of the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art

The Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, with which the Milan Triennial has entered into an eight-year partnership, participates in the Real World exhibition, designed by the general artistic director of the Cartier Foundation, Hervé Chandès. An exhibition that offers a reflection on the notions of mystery and the unknown through works by 17 international artists from the institution’s collection. The exhibition’s scenography, produced by Formafantasma, brings together emblematic works, some of which have been created especially for this exhibition, by the artists: Jean-Michel Alberola, Alex Cerveny, Jaider Esbell, Fabrice Hyber, Yann Kebbi, Guillermo Kuitca, Hu Liu, David Lynch, Ron Mueck, Virgil Ortiz, Artavazd Pelechian, Sho Shibuya, Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye, Patti Smith, Sarah Sze, Andrei Ujica, Jessica Wynne.

exhibit the tradition of the new
The tradition of the new – DSL Studio

The tradition with the new

The Museo del Design Italiano in the Triennale Milano, proposes an exhibition project, which from the collection of the Triennale and the archives of previous international exhibitions tells about the approach to design, which has always been devoted to exploration. The exhibition, entitled The tradition of the new, brings together works, installations, documents, creative processes and experiments that have contributed to the development of society by touching on sociological, commercial, ecological, technological and cultural aspects. , between 1964 and 1996.

special projects

Triennale Milano also hosts several special projects. Among them the exhibition The red corridor (the red corridor), the installation To play the unknown, which reflects on the concept of the unknown as a marvelous and habitable concept. And in the exhibition space around Casa Lana, the Ettore Sottsass exhibition. The calculation represents the second encounter in the cycle dedicated to the architect and designer.

red corridor
The Red Corridor – DSL Studio

Practical information :

23rd International Triennial Exhibition Milan – Unknown Unknown. An introduction to mysteries
From July 15 to December 11, 2022
Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 20:00.
Price: 22 euros (full price), 18 euros (half price), 11 euros (students)
The ticket is valid until the exhibition closes to have time to visit the various rooms and pavilions, over several days.

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