Broken Nature

Triennale di Milano,

1 March – 1 September 2019

The XXII Esposizione Internazionale of La Triennale di Milano is titled Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival and is curated by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of the Department of Design and Architecture and Director of the Research and Development Department of MoMa, the Museum of Modern Art of New York.

Broken Nature is an in-depth investigation of the ties that bind human beings to the natural environment; bonds that over the years have been seriously damaged or even completely destroyed.

Analyzing the various projects of architecture and design, visitors can explore the concept of design restitution, shedding light on objects and strategies, on different scales, to reinterpret the relationship between human beings and the context in which they live, including both social and natural ecosystems.

The XXII Triennale di Milano is composed of:

– a thematic exhibition.

– 22 international contributions, organized by institutions and schools of renowned excellence, and by many nations, offering a diversified proposal in terms of themes, perspectives, contexts and backgrounds, to take stock of the complexity of the present and of different cultural traditions.

A special pavilion is that of the city of Milan, which opens the new facility of the Urban Center at the entrance to the Palazzo dell’Arte with the exhibition Milano 2030.

– the installation The Great Animal Orchestra, created by Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists by initiative of Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, which creates an immersion in the sounds of nature, proposing visual and audio reflection on the need to conserve the beauty of the animal kingdom.

– the special exhibition The Nation of Plants curated by Stefano Mancuso, which starts with the premise that to avoid a catastrophic future mankind must look at plants in a new way, using them not only for what they have to offer, but also for what they can teach us.

The theme exhibition is composed of four works specially commissioned to international designers: Formafantasma (Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin), Neri Oxman with the research team Mediated Matter Group of the MIT Media LabSigil Collective (Khaled Malas, Salim Al-Kadi, Alfred Tarazi and Jana Traboulsi) and the company Accurat with a project conducted by Giorgia Lupi and Gabriele Rossi.

These projects propose creative approaches aimed at correcting the self-destructive direction of humankind, but also at thinking in a different way about our relationship with the environment and all the species existing on the planet, including human beings.

The exhibition also includes a selection of about 100 projects from the last three decades, as examples of restoring design, architecture and art from all over the world.

Broken Nature is a project that goes beyond what is seen at the Palazzo dell’Arte, and includes:

– a digital platform (, launched one year prior to the opening, which will be online throughout the event, shedding light on the curatorial process and sharing it with a wide audience.

– a public program and a series of symposia.

– a catalogue, published by Triennale di Milano in partnership with Electa, in Italian and English, with essays by scientists, researchers, designers and critics, and a section on international contributions.

At the platform regular updates will be published through the duration of the event.