Milan Triennial

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The Milan Triennial (Triennale di Milano) was established in 1933 as a 3 yearly art and design exhibition held in Monza and then in Milan.


The event started as a biennial event in Monza in 1923[1] and then transferred to Milan where was intended to be held every three years, last a few months and to invite global contributions.[1] These similarities meant that it was recognised by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) from 1933 until 1996[1]

Since 1923 it has been held in the Palazzo dell'Arte (it),[2] Milan with the 2016 event to be hosted there and also other Milanese venues[3]

List of triennales[edit]

Year BIE? Theme Notes
1923 X mark.gif
1930 X mark.gif Held in Monza.[4] Included several works by Gio Ponti.[4]
1933[5] Yes check.svg[5] The first to be held at the Palazzo dell'Arte (it) and marked its establishment as a legal entity.
Displays included mural paintings by De Chirico, Sironi, Campigli and Carlo Carrà[2]

Included the creation of the then Littoria, now Branca Tower[6][7] The first Triennial recognised by the BIE[5]

1936[5] Yes check.svg[5]
1940[5] Yes check.svg[5]
1947[5] Yes check.svg[5] VIII Triennale di Milano (it) Included an urban planning project that led to the QT8 area named after this the 8th triennial.[citation needed]
1951[5] Yes check.svg[5] Gold medal winners included the Danish textile artist Helga Foght.[8]
1954[5] Yes check.svg[5] X Triennale di Milano (it) Led to the creation of the building now used as the Bar Bianco (it).[7] 28 August to 15 November
1957[5] Yes check.svg[5]
1960[5] Yes check.svg[5] Home and school[2]
1964[5] Yes check.svg[5] Free time[2]
1986 The Domestic Project[9] Directed by Mario Bellini and the historian Georges Teyssot. Included notable projects like La Casa Palestra by OMA, The Mobile Home and the Nomadic Condition by John Hejduk, and The Collector's Room by Massimo Scolari.
1988[5] Yes check.svg[5] World Cities and the future of the metropolis[2]
1991[5] Yes check.svg[5]
1996[5] Yes check.svg[5] Identity and difference[2]
2016[10] Yes check.svg[11] 21st century. Design after Design[10] 2 April to 12 September 2016[11]
2019 Requested[12] Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival[12] 1 March to 1 September 2019[12]


  1. ^ a b c "The History of LaTriennale di Milano". Archived from the original on 2015-09-07. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Triennale di Milano - History and mission". Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "The experience". Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "1930 - Giò Ponti". Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "BIE". Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Littoria Tower in Parco Sempione - Giò Ponti". Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "La Triennale di Milano - Palazzo dell'arte". Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Helga Foght | Gyldendal - Den Store Danske". Retrieved 10 August 2018. 
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  10. ^ a b "La Triennale di Milano 2016". Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "La Triennale di Milano 2016". Retrieved 8 December 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c "Triennale di Milano sets the tone for 2019 edition". Retrieved 8 December 2017. 

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