The 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition opens to the public

The 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition, titled Unknown Unknowns. An Introduction to Mysteries, has officially opened until December 11, 2022.

The exhibition addresses the theme of the unknown, asking questions about the mysteries of the known world, and opening up a discussion concerning the issue of “what we do not know that we don’t know”

The Exhibition brings together shows and projects involving 400 artists, designers, and architects from more than 40 countries; more than 600 works; 22 international participations, with a strong presence on the part of the continent of Africa, represented by 6 national pavilions (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda).

“The great and plural constellation of exhibitions, installations, and events pertaining to Unknown Unknowns. An Introduction to Mysteries does not aspire to gradually conquering the vast territory that escapes our knowledge. Rather, it aims to explore with the mindset of those who choose, in the first place, the challenge of empathy, the exclusively human ability to look through the eyes of other living subjects, and of mapping, from these various angles, the boundaries of the contemporary unknown,” says Stefano Boeri, President of Triennale Milano What we do not know that we don’t know is not the declaration of a limit, but the perception of a form of knowledge that respects the unknown, at times embracing it, at times crossing it, at times avoiding it. But always accepting it as a constant presence in our life.”

The 23rd edition includes the thematic exhibition – curated by Ersilia Vaudo, an astrophysicist and Chief Diversity Officer at the European Space Agency – and a section dedicated to international participations, invited under the auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions, through government channels.

Francis Kéré – the winner of the 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize – produced four installations on the images and voices of the African continent that mark the visitor’s path, from the outside to the inside of Triennale.

The 23rd International Exhibition also hosts two major exhibitions: Mondo Reale, curated by Hervé Chandès, General Artistic Director of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, and La tradizione del nuovo, curated by Marco Sammicheli, Director of Triennale’s Museo del Design Italiano.

Also an integral part of the event are the installations and special projects that will see the involvement of the art historians Giovanni Agosti and Jacopo Stoppa.

The installations will additionally include the musician and writer Francesco Bianconi, the philosopher Emanuele Coccia, the researcher and lecturer at the ABC Department at Politecnico di Milano, Ingrid Paoletti, the artist and Triennale Grand Invité for 2021-2024 Romeo Castellucci, and a master of architecture and design, Andrea Branzi, with the architect Lapo Lani.

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