Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival
Mar 1 – Sep 1, 2019

Madison Bycroft, Entitled Untitled (2014)

The XXII International Exhibition of La Triennale di Milano, titled Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, will take place from March 1st to September 1st, 2019 and is curated by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design and Director of Research & Development at The Museum of Modern Art.

La Triennale reaffirms its decision to continue the tradition of the International Exhibition, the XXI edition which was held in 2016 after a twenty-year hiatus.

The exhibition is composed of a thematic exhibition and 22 International Participations that represent all continents by offering different themes, perspectives and contexts.

 

Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh – SECMOL (Sonam Wangchuk), Ice Stupa. 2013-14 / Photo Lobzang Dadul. Courtesy SECMOL

Alessandro Sciarroni, History Of Touches / Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, Capsula Mundi

Emilija Skarnulyte, Sirenomelia (still), 2017

Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival

The thematic exhibition is an in-depth exploration of the strands that connect humans to the natural environment that have been intensely compromised, if not entirely severed, over the years. By casting a wide net on architecture and design projects, Broken Nature will underline the concept of restorative design, highlighting objects and concepts at all scales that reconsider human beings’ relationship with their environments – including both natural and social ecosystems.

 

Francesca Foscarini, Animale / Photo Furio Ganz

Sara Sguotti, S.solo / Photo Paolo Porto

Camilla Monga / Duetto in ascolto

Special Commissions

A number of directly commissioned works complements the loans in the thematic exhibition and will highlight design approaches aimed not only at correcting humanity’s self-destructive course, but also at replenishing our relationship with the environment and with all species – including other human beings.

 

Installation view Circular Flows (detail), 2019 © MAK/Georg Mayer/EOOS

Buro Belen (Brecht Duijf, Lenneke Langenhuijsen), SUN+, UPF8 and UPF20 Wearable. 2018 / Photo Jantien Roozenburg. Courtesy the designers

Cristian Chironi, Milano Drive

Stickbulb’s Skybang pendant LED light fixtures incorporate reclaimed wood from demolished water towers to reduce materials impacts and create an alternative materials stream for new products. © Stickbulb

The Nation of Plants

A non-technical scientific exhibition conceived by Stefano Mancuso, one of the world’s leading experts in plant neurobiology. The exhibition is based on the idea that one of the ways to avoid a catastrophic future for humanity is to take a radically new approach to plants, using them not just for what they have to offer us, but also for what they can teach us.

 

ZERO, From post-global to post-experimental / Photo Enea Colombi

Out of Power Tower (detail) / Photo Gabriel Urbanek

Teatro Della Terra Alienata: Arsenal (2018) by Amaia Sanchez-Velasco / Jorge Valiente Oriol, Gonzalo Valiente, Miguel Rodriguez-Casellas, Charles Curtin and Isaac Harrisson

Plastic waste available for harvesting from the ocean. © NextWave

Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists / The Great Animal Orchestra

Combining aesthetics and technology developed by United Visual Artists, The Great Animal Orchestra offers an immersion into the heart of the sounds of nature recorded by bioacoustician Bernie Krause, and a sound and visual meditation on the necessity of preserving the beauty of the animal world. The installation is part of Broken Nature thematic exhibition and was created in 2016 at the initiative of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.

 

Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival
XXII International Exhibition of La Triennale di Milano
March 1 – September 1, 2019 / Triennale di Milano
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