triennale design museum
triennale design museum is a part of the Triennale di Milano that is dedicated solely to Italian design. Every year the exhibition is renewed and focuses on a different aspect or period. Previous editions have for covered topics like graphic design, the origins of Italian design and the mass production of designer products. The seventh edition of the Triennale Design Museum is called Il Design Italiano Oltre le Crisi – Autarchia, Austerità, Autoproduzione (Italian Design Beyond the Crisis – Autarchy, Austerity, Autoproduction) or simply TDM7. The idea is that in years of economic crisis the creativity is particularly stimulated, and the exhibition proofs this point by looking at three periods in recent history that were struck by economic crisis: the thirties, the seventies and the noughties. The history of “alternative” Italian design it told with over 650 objects by artists including Fortunato Depero, Bice Lazzari, Fausto Melotti, Carlo Mollino, Franco Albini, Gio Ponti, Antonia Campi, Renata Bonfanti, Salvatore Ferragamo, Piero Fornasetti, Bruno Munari, Alessandro Mendini, Gaetano Pesce, Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Andrea Branzi, Ugo La Pietra, Martino Gamper, Formafantasma, Nucleo, Lorenzo Damiani, Paolo Ulian and Massimiliano Adami. The Triennale di Milano is a centre for contemporary art, architecture and design and has a reputation for being at the forefront on all of these disciplines. Rather than being a museum in the classical sense – one with a fixed collection – it is a space with continuously changing exhibitions. In recent years the Triennale has displayed retrospective exhibitions on major artists like Keith Haring and Roy Lichtenstein and designer brands like Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton. The building which houses the Triennale is located at the edge of the Parco Sempione and was built in 1933 by Giovanni Muzio. Its purpose was to host the international exhibition on decorative arts, industrial arts and modern architecture, held every 3 years in Milan.