Triennale Design Museum to open in Milan

The Triennale Design Museum, the first museum dedicated to design in Italy, will open inside La Triennale di Milano in the Parco Sempione in Milan on December 6, 2007. The new Museum establishes a permanent exhibition space for design in the heart of a city synonymous with design, in an area of the country marked by a rich design heritage. The Museum will open with The Obsessions of Italian Design100 Italian design objects set against films by British artist and filmmaker Peter Greenaway and six Italian filmmakersconceived and designed by Greenaway and Italian architect Italo Rota.

The architectural design for the restoration of the building and the conversion of the Museum is by Michele De Lucchi. Work on the Design Museum began in 2004 with the building of the Design Library, the Historical Archives and the Documentation Centre and continued with the construction of the new Museum and restoration of the existing museum site through December 2007.

The innovative architectural feature of the Triennale Design Museum is the creation of its own entrance via a bridge over the grand staircase, so that the Museum exists both inside the Triennale and as an independent visible body. The Museum includes a conference hall capable of offering a wider range of meetings, presentations and events open to all the leading figures of Italian design, where different aspects of design will be discussed.

The Museum will be directed by Silvana Annicchiarico, who has been the Curator of the Permanent Collection of Italian Design of La Triennale di Milano for nine years, and has been in charge of the Design Department at La Triennale for the last six years. The scientific director of the Design Museum is Andrea Branzi.

The Museum of La Triennale aims at being deeply innovative. The challenge presented by La Triennale is to have visitors come back to the Museum twice a year, and as such, the idea of the Museum is that it should not be crystallized or static, but dynamic, able to renew itself and its vision time and again.

Italo Rota and Peter Greenaway have been invited to present their impressions of the first subject an emotional take on Italian design. The Obsessions of Italian Design includes films by Greenaway, Italian directors Antonio Capuano, Pappi Corsicato, Davide Ferrario, Daniele Luchetti, Mario Martone, and renowned filmmaker Ermanno Olmi.

L’Europeo, the renowned Italian historical magazine in production since the 1930s, will produce the catalogue, a special monographic issue developed with La Triennale di Milano to celebrate the birth of the Triennale Design Museum. From the perspective of 20th-century Itlay, historians and designers will communicate the development of Italian design.

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