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From 2 April to September 12, 2016 – XXI Triennale International: 21st Century. Design After Design

XXI Triennale International has a rich program of exhibitions, events, conference call, festivals and spread throughout the city, from the Triennale at the Fabbrica del Vapore, from Pirelli HangarBicocca to Campus of the Polytechnic, from the Campus of IULM to MUDEC, from the Museum of science and technology Leonardo da Vinci at BASE, from the Palazzo della Permanente in Expo Area Diocesan Museum, until the Villa Reale of Monza, the historical site of the first international exhibitions.

21st Century. Design After Design does not want to give visions of the future, but tries to decode the new millennium and to identify the changes involving the very idea of planning.

The preposition “after” can be understood as “after”, in reference to a project as “done back or subsequent to the twentieth century”, or as “notwithstanding” in reference to a “design that makes its way”, in via antagonist, despite the persistence of conditions attributable to the previous century.


21st Century. Design After Design touches on key issues such as the new “drama” of the project, which mainly consists in its ability to confront the anthropological themes that the classical modernism has excluded from its purview (death, the sacred, eros, fate, tradition, history); the issue of gender in the design; the impact of globalization on design; the transformations resulting from the crisis of 2008 and the arrival of the 21st century; the relationship between city and design; the relationship between design and accessibility of new information technologies; the relationship between design and craftsmanship.

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