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Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival

The 22nd international exhibition of the Milan triennale Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival delves into the bonds between man and the natural environment, which over the years have been deeply compromised, if not completely destroyed.

Curated by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design and Director of the Research and Development Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the exhibition is a thorough investigation into the concept of restorative design through various architecture and design projects. The 22nd Milan triennial highlights objects and strategies, on different scales, which reinterpret the relationship between human beings and the context in which they live, including both social and natural ecosystems. The 22nd Milan triennale includes a thematic exhibition with 21 international participations sponsored by the Bureau International des Expositions; The Great Animal Orchestra created by Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists sponsored by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain; and the special exhibition La Nazione delle Piante, curated by Stefano Mancuso.

Broken Nature calls for a deeper understanding of the complex and interconnected multi-species systems in which we live; it encourages the adoption of a long-term perspective and suggests visitors a series of measures that can inspire habits and attitudes to rebuild our links with nature. Broken Nature celebrates the revolutionary power of imagination and inventiveness. In addition to the commissioned works, the thematic exhibition includes a selection of 100 projects from the last three decades, including examples of design, architecture and restorative art from all over the world. These projects have played an essential role in the history and advancement of design and in some cases exerted a memorable impact on society and on the way in which human beings interact with the world around them. By encapsulating these projects in one dialogue and one space, the exhibition aims to unveil the potential of design as a catalyst for social and behavioral changes.