Triennale Milano turns 100 in 2023: here are some appointments to mark for next year

2023 opens with an important birthday: the Milan Triennale turns 100. One of the rare anniversaries in which, as Maurizio Cattelan wrote in his photo message of greetings (which arrived together with those of international artists and personalities), "the candles cost more than the cake".

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It is not a Five-Year Plan but we are close: on the occasion of its 'first 100 years' Triennale di Milano has developed a 'Strategic Plan', a charter of intent for the three-year period 2023-2026.

Four (very briefly) the objectives for the next three years illustrated by the president, Stefano Boeri and by the general manager Carla Morogallo: involve different types of public with increasingly tailored activities and services, strengthen the reputation of the Triennale as a place of innovation and dialogue between the various disciplines, enhance research, dialogue with others places in the city.

In the meantime, below are the main appointments to mark on your agenda.

To overthrow one's eyes

The first anticipation concerns two events distant in time but closely linked to each other: the presentation of the book '474 answers', Alain Elkann who interviews Giuseppe Penone, tomorrow at 6.30 pm ( and the exhibition Reversing one's eyes - Renverser ses Yeux , in collaboration with Jeu de Paume and LE BAL, Paris which - from May to September - will bring the works of artists from the 1960s to the Triennale /Seventy.

A journey through the avant-gardes which in the space of twenty years have mixed figurative art, cinema, photography and video.

Who will like it: those who were there and the young people who, today, are rediscovering and appreciating the multidisciplinary and pioneering creativity of the 1970s.

Ettore Sottsass. The word.

This is the title of the exhibition which brings together drawings, writings and unpublished works to tell the originality of the narrative vein that has nourished the work of the architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, leader in 1981 of the Memphis Group.

From 20 January to 2 April, Ettore Sottsass. The word - curated by Marco Sammicheli - marks the third stage (after Struttura e colore and Calculation) of the monographic exhibitions that the Triennale has dedicated to the great designer born in Austria and passed away in Milan in 2007.

Who will like it: fans of the energetic design of the 1980s who want to know more about the soul of one of its protagonists in design and architecture.

Angelo Mangiarotti. When structures take shape

It is to one of the most illustrious pupils of Angelo Mangiarotti, Renzo Piano, that we owe the preparation of the exhibition which the Triennale will dedicate to Angelo Mangiarotti, curated by Fulvio Irace and in collaboration with the Fondazione Mangiarotti.

From 27 January to 23 April, in the Galleria della Triennale, a wide selection of projects, drawings, documents and materials (many of which unpublished) by one of the protagonists of international architecture and urban planning will allow the public to reconstruct a piece of history of the twentieth century. One of the most complete retrospectives ever dedicated to Mangiarotti.

Who will like it: those who want to better understand where the international success of Made in Italy in the fields of design and architecture originates.


In spring, an appointment not to be missed: from 15 April, in the Design Platform space of the Triennale, an exhibition that is a journey through art, craftsmanship and fashion to discover the relationship between publishing, the textile industry and furniture.

And how the relationship between text, image and product has generated multiple super-innovative lines of research.

Who will like it: creatives, those who write or work in the field of design but also curious spirits who love fashion and contemporary art.

Gabriele Basilico in Milan

Even if we will have to wait until October 2023, it is worth mentioning the exhibition which - in collaboration with Palazzo Reale and the Museum of Contemporary Photography - will bring Gabriele Basilico's Milan to the Triennale. strong>.

A wide selection of images of the suburbs, factories, modernist architecture and the building site for Porta Nuova. Curated by Giovanna Calvenzi and Matteo Balduzzi, a black and white exhibition which is a tribute to the great photographer but also to Milan.

Who will like it: those who, after architecture, love architectural photos.