Milan Opened Three Years To Explore How Humans Are Advancing In Broken Nature

The 22nd Milan International Triennial was held in Italy. The theme of this exhibition is “Broken Nature: Designing to Carry Human Survival”. The exhibition will last from March 1st, 2019 to September 1st.


What strategies can artists and designers take to effectively change the present and future lives of mankind? From a longer-term perspective, how can we restore the relationship between humans and other species as well as humans themselves? This triennial emphasizes the concept of restorative design. The aim is to re-examine the interaction between design and our living environment, and to face the seemingly sci-fi issues of human extinction, earth destruction, etc., leading people to see the status quo and future of the planet presented in art.

This is not an alarmist. Many scientific studies have shown that human beings are facing serious environmental problems – the extinction of organisms, the smog over the earth, and the plastics deep in the trenches. Curator Paola Antonelli is a Senior Curator and R&D Director of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art  in New York. In an interview with Art News, she mentioned, “In the beginning, this information was disturbing. But then, we will show what we can do to improve the status quo in our lifetime.” Paola Antonelli believes in the power of design to help people understand complexity, assess risk, adjust behavior, and demand change.


The triennial includes 1 thematic exhibition, 22 international participants and independent designer representatives from more than 70 countries. The curatorial team selected a large number of architectural and design projects and hoped to rethink the dangers faced by humans in the past few years in natural and social ecosystems. Visitors can also experience dance performances, symposia, essay directories written by scholars and critics, and sections designed for international participants.

At the Milan Triennial, Antennali proposed “restorative design”, which is seen as a force to promote positive change. Anthony said that the “ethical design” to solve pressing environmental problems can also be “pleasant and aesthetic.”

The exhibition “Broken Nature” will occupy the second floor of the Milan Triennale Design Museum. On the first floor, there will be 24 installations related to the theme, covering all aspects of “from the universe to the world”. The first exhibition in the exhibition will immerse the audience in the “changing images” of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. These past and present satellite images record how other phenomena such as floods and melting glaciers are day after day. Change the earth year after year.

In 2016, the Milan Triennial returned again after 20 years of interruption. Since 1933, this triennial has featured a platform for contemporary artists and designers. However, Antnair hopes that this year’s exhibition will inspire the general public, not professionals. “Broken nature” aims to raise awareness of the “subtle reverberation” of human activities that have complex effects on ecosystems and man-made mechanisms.