The Milan Triennial XXII International Exhibitionentitled Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, was inaugurated today.
Curated by Paola Antonelli, Broken Nature has been conceived to investigate the links that unite humans with the natural environment, in particular those links that over the years have been deeply compromised if not completely destroyed. The XXII Milan Triennial explores the concept of reconstructive design, highlighting objects and strategies that reinterpret the relationships between human beings and the context in which they live, including both social and natural ecosystems.
As Stefano Boeri, President of the Milano Triennialsays “With this edition of the International Exhibition, the Triennial has reaffirmed its desire to resume one of the event’s traditions by linking it to some of the major current themes of today, opening up reflection and debate not only with the international design and architecture community but also to all those people who will visit it in the coming months ”.
The XXII Milan Triennialconsists of a theme-based exhibition in addition to the participation of twenty-two international elements following a request made under the aegis of the Bureau International des Expositions, The Great Animal Orchestrainstallation by Bernie Krause and United Visual Artiststhanks to the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain,and the special La Nazione delle Pianteexhibition curated by Stefano Mancuso.
The theme-based exhibition comprises four works specifically commissioned from international designers, including Formafantasma(Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin), Neri Oxmanand his research group Mediated Matter Groupof the MIT Media Lab, the Sigil Collective(Khaled Malas, Salim Al-Kadi, Alfred Tarazi and Jana Traboulsi ), and Accurat, a research and innovation company in the field of data-driven design. These projects offer approaches that aim to correct the self-destructive course of humanity but also to think differently about our relationship with the environment and all the species present on the planet, including humans.
In addition to the commissioned works, the thematic exhibition includes a selection of a hundred projects from the last three decades including examples of design, architecture and reconstructive art from all over the world.
The thematic exhibition also presents the installation The Great Animal Orchestra: this offers immersion into the heart of the sounds of nature, offering a visual and aural reflection on the need to preserve the beauty of the animal world.
The thematic exhibition is flanked by 22 International Participationswhich offer diversified presentations in terms of themes, perspectives, contexts and backgrounds and which give accounts of the complexity of different cultural traditions. The City of Milan has a special pavilion which will see the inauguration of the new headquarters of the Urban Centerat the entrance to the Palazzo dell’Arte with the Milan 2030exhibition.
The XXII Milan Triennial also includes the La Nazione delle Pianteexhibition which starts from the assumption that in order to avoid a catastrophic future, humanity must look at plants in a new way, using them not only for what they have to offer but for what they can teach us. La Nazione delle Piante reveals its nature through spectacular and fascinating imagery, a learning path through an immersive experience and multimedia contents.
For more information, visit the brokennature.org platform, where updates are regularly published and which will continue for the duration of the exhibition.