Design Museum at the Triennale of Milan

Design Museum Triennale Milano

Milan finally has its own Design Museum at the Triennale di Milano. After years and years of discussions and attempts to bring it all together, Milan has opened its own wonderful design museum and it is well worth your attention.

The architectural design for the restoration of the building and its conversion into a Museum is by the well-known Italian architect, Michele De Lucchi. The scientific director of the Design Museum, on the other hand is Andrea Branzi. who tries to answer the very difficult question: What is Italian Design?

For years, we have all been forced to go abroad to see Italian design. From New York, to London, to Paris, to Berlin, to Tokyo, just to mention a few, Italian Design has been acclaimed and bestowed with some of the most prestigious awards. How to define it however, is not easy.

Why has there never been a museum of Italian design in Milan despite a past full of good intentions? According to Silvana Annichiaro, Director of the Triennale Design Museum, “there seem to be two main reasons”.

First of all, creating a museum of design is much different than designing or creating a museum of archeology or contemporary art. Most design products are produced in series, they are not unique hand-crafted pieces. Secondly, they are objects created primarily for use, not simply and not only for an aesthetic-contemplative function.

The Milanese Museum will be in continuous evolution, presenting new themes, objects and exhibitions, on a regular basis, making return visits inevitabile.The idea is to make the museum a living, changing organism, receptive to criticism, open to change and self-examination.

The main goal is to create an intriguing experience for the visitor full of emotions and memories, an experience which they will want to repeat again and again.

For a calendar of current exhibitions and workshops consult the Triennale website.

Triennale Design Museum
Viale Alemagna, 6
20121 Milano
Tel: 02 72 43 41
MM Cadorna (Red and Green Lines)

AM Feb. 08

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