Triennale Milano’s 100th anniversary

Triennale Milano’s 100th anniversary


Triennale Milano is a multi-disciplinary institution for Italian design, architecture, visual and performing arts. Since 1923, it has been a place where art, industry and public converge in dialogue on culture and society. Founded by some of the greatest minds of their time, Triennale is based in the Palazzo dell’Arte, built in 1933 by Giovanni Muzio, where it puts on exhibitions, shows, meetings and workshops that illustrate today’s world from new points of view. Every three years it puts on the International Exhibition, which since 1923 has been one of the most important events in the world of design and architecture.

The theater stage of Triennale Milano (1932-1933).
Foto Crimella, Courtesy © Triennale Milano – Archivi

2023 marks the centenary of Triennale Milano, the world-renowned cultural institution that was born from the first edition of the Decorative Arts Biennale 100 years ago. The year’s programming celebrates the history of the institution through a contemporary lens, offering a rich and varied calendar of exhibitions, events, symposia, lectures, performances, and concerts. In celebration of the Triennale Milano’s 100th anniversary, the history of the renowned institution will be explored through three central exhibitions of each of the core disciplines – design, architecture, and art.

Carla Crosta
Photo: Federico Manusardi

The first major exhibition explores the discipline of design in the Museo del Design Italiano (Museum of Italian Design), curated by Marco Sammicheli. Opening to the public from April 15, the Museum will celebrate the history of Italian Design covering a period from the institution’s founding in 1923 to the present. With the opening of the Museo del Design Italiano’s new exhibit, Triennale Milano inaugurates a new space within the Museum called the Design Platform, which will stage a rotation of temporary exhibitions throughout the year that focus on contemporary themes and designers impacting the world today.

Photo: Associated Press Photo © Triennale Milano – Archivi

The second major exhibition is an architectural survey entitled Triennale. Home Sweet Home, curated by Nina Bassoli. Opening in May, the exhibition includes twelve site-specific installations and immersive works by contemporary architects that explore the idea of home and living, drawing inspiration from the Triennale Milano International Exhibitions over the past century.

Memphis opening invitation
Memphis Milano
Fondo Ettore Sottsass – Triennale Milano

The final major exhibition will be devoted to contemporary Italian painting, curated by Damiano Gullì and opening October 2023. It will be represented by the work of more than 100 of the most interesting Italian artists from different generations, active from the 1990s to the present. The exhibition will revive the tradition of mural painting at the historic Triennale Milano International Exhibitions, through new site-specific commissions and murals in dialogue with the spaces and the architecture of Triennale.

Angelo Mangiarotti, Bibulo jug, studies and prototypes (1991), Collevilca Courtesy Fondazione Angelo Mangiarotti Triennale Milano – photo © Gianluca Di Ioia

Triennale’s 2023 exhibition programming also features luminaries in architecture and design, such as, Angelo Mangiarotti, to whom a retrospective is dedicated in collaboration with Fondazione Angelo Mangiarotti, with the participation of Renzo Piano and curated by Fulvio Irace.

Ettore Sottsass, Miljö för en ny planet, from the exhibition catalogue, National Museum Stockholm, 1969

The Casa Lana permanent installation at Triennale Milano will host a cycle of exhibitions featuring additional works by Ettore Sottsass, curated by Marco Sammicheli, in collaboration with Barbara Radice and Iskra Grisogono of Studio Sottsass.

Gabriele Basilico, 1996 Milano, 96B1-30-17

Triennale Milano will also showcase masters of photography, such as Gabriele Basilico, who the city of Milan is honouring with two exhibitions.

With Rovesciare i propri occhi, Reversing One’s Eyes in collaboration with Jeu de Paume and LE BAL, Paris, curated by Giuliano Sergio, Diane Dufour, Quentin Bajac and Lorenza Bravetta, Triennale will explore relationship that some of the major Arte Povera artists established with photography, cinema and video.

Entrance of Triennale Milano
Photo: Agnese Bedini, Piercarlo Quecchia – DSL Studio

The centenary exhibitions and theatre programming will be accompanied by the public program events including conferences, dialogues, master classes, and workshops. The calendar is designed to immerse different audiences in the works of key protagonists of contemporary culture. It includes a conference in Monza, in May, regarding the birth of ISIA – Higher Institute for Artistic Industries, which occurred in 1923 during the first edition of the Decorative Arts Biennale at Villa Reale in Monza.

Romeo Castellucci

Celebrating the centenary year, Romeo Castellucci, Grand Invité 2021–2024 of Triennale Milano, presents a new performance throughout the Palazzo dell’Arte in May. Within the centennial celebrations, the FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts Festival, curated by Umberto Angelini, presents some of the most interesting artists and companies on the international performance scene, from February 11 to May 11.

Glasses prototypes
Lugi Molinis, 1982
Permanent Collection – Triennale Milano
Photo: Gianluca di Ioia

Finally, the history of the institution will also be commemorated with the public opening of the Triennale Archives, a space that will dialogue with the refurbished Triennale Study Centre, created in 1949 that the institution would like to reactivate.



Triennale Milano

Location: Milan, Italy
Duration: 20 January 2023 – January 2024



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