One hundred years of Triennale Milano. A milestone for an institution that has always nurtured reflections on the idea of the home and the habitat. To celebrate, from 12 May to 10 September 2023 Triennale Milano presents the exhibition Home Sweet Home, curated by Nina Bassoli, curator for architecture, urban regeneration and the city of the Triennale, with exhibit design by Captcha Architecture.
The works on view will underline the sweeping transformations of the role of architecture in the contemporary society and will present the results of typological but also sociological, scientific, historical, artistic and political research, in relation to experimentation on languages, not only of architecture but also of communication and display.
“For the centenary, Triennale Milano offers reflections on a very timely theme, more pertinent than ever in the uncertain post-pandemic era, threatened by the danger of war,” says Stefano Boeri, President of Triennale Milano. “An exhibition of exhibitions on the home – says curator Nina Bassoli – but also a show about the Triennale, its history, its future and its central role in the Italian and international architectural debate. Approaching issues like home and work, male and female, production and reproduction, public space and private space, has become indispensable for any serious and careful reflection on the design of the domestic environment.”
The exhibition Home Sweet Home defines the field in which architecture is able to speak to everyone, focusing on the need to reset a direct, coherent relationship between our most authentic needs and the spaces to be designed. Unlike the past, it will contain a major presence of women designers, almost as a whole, and a new sensitivity towards the values of care in and of the environment.
The event is organized in five thematic sections, bringing together objects and materials from the archives of the Triennale while retracing 100 years of the institution, from 1923 to 2023, flanked by ten site-specific spaces.
The five sections are: Casa ludens, curated by Gaia Piccarolo, on the theme of relaxation and care for the body and the spirit; Nature is at Home, curated by Annalisa Metta, on the relationship between nature and living space; Abacus of Windows, curated by Maite García Sanchis, to explore the theme of the window as a device of environmental mediation and control; The Angel of the Hearth, curated by the research group Sex & the City (Florencia Andreola and Azzurra Muzzonigro), reinterprets gender roles traditionally connected with the domestic sphere; Italian Cooking 1923-2023, curated by Imma Forino, covering the transformations of the kitchen space in relation to social changes.
The Canadian Center for Architecture presents A Section of Now, an excerpt of the exhibition recently held in Montreal, to reflect on how architecture can cope with the rapid, radical changes of our society, and the related instability of notions like family, longevity, property, labor and technology.
The event also features the re-creation of Inside-out: the garden window, a work first made in 1986 for the 17th International Exhibition of the Triennale, by Diller + Scofidio for “Il progetto domestico,” accurately restored by the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Triennale Milano in collaboration with the Scuola di Restauro di Botticino under the supervision of the studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro.