Triennale Design Museum and the Camera di Commercio di Monza e Brianza will present a selection of pieces from the Permanent Collection of Italian Design at the Belvedere of Villa Reale, in Monza. Triennale Design Museum is moving on with its mission for the preservation, promotion and enhancement of Italian design in Italy and all over the world, while also reinstating and strengthening the historical bond between Triennale and Monza. Claudio De Albertis, President of Triennale di Milano, says: “Along with Triennale Design Museum, the Triennale di Milano goes back to Monza, in the premises its origins are historically bonded to. It does it very seriously and provides one of its most valuable assets: the Permanent Collection of Italian Design. These efforts are also aimed at the other big event of 2016, the XXI Triennale di Milano International Expo, which will be focussed on 21st Century. Design After Design, which will actually be based at Villa Reale in Monza, along with Milan’s Palazzo dell’Arte and other prestigious venues all over Milan. We believe that it is essential for Triennale di Milano to keep in touch with the local area, so as to be readier to face the big international challenges that the world of design will be confronted with, in the next few years”. “The Belvedere of Villa Reale in Monza will be focussed on promoting and enhancing design, which was born in Brianza and keeps finding fertile ground there to grow and thrive – Carlo Edoardo Valli, President of the Camera di Commercio di Monza e Brianza, states – Triennale Design Museum will be a place of recollection, bringing us back to the roots of our identity, as the Triennale was born precisely at the Villa Reale in Monza as Biennale delle Arti Decorative, and, at the same time, such areas will host a dynamic world made of meetings and learning opportunities, a bridge between the past and the future, a breeding ground for sharing and protecting our ‘thinking’ and ‘making’ skills. Our goal is to make the traditional skills of the craftsman’s shop interact with the innovation of the new ‘makers’, giving young craftsmen a chance to meet the big names of design and culture, to make and experiment, because crafting is the future”. 1923 is the year the Biennale delle Arti Decorative was born; for a few years the Biennale was held at Villa Reale in Monza. The last time it was held in Monza, its fourth year, in 1930, saw it turn into a three-yearly event. Starting with the 5th Triennale, the event moved to Milan’s Palazzo dell’Arte, designed by Giovanni Muzio, where the Triennale is currently based. The Triennale Design Museum’s collection includes over one thousand pieces, plus the collection of Giovanni Sacchi’s models, the collection of Alessandro Mendini’s drawings, the collection of drawings Il Segno dei Designer, the Clino Castelli Colour Library, the Archivio Nanni Strada, the collection of Sirio Galli’s drawings, and the virtual collection of all of the seven Triennale Design Museum exhibitions, available on Pinterest. A selection of over 200 iconic pieces, evidence of the innovation, experiments and variety of the history of Italian design, will be on display in Monza. The exhibition will be laid out in chronological order, from the Fifties to date, with works by the big masters (from Gio Ponti to Piero Fornasetti, from Franco Albini to Bruno Munari, from Alessandro Mendini to Andrea Branzi) alternating with those of young, new designers (from Lorenzo Damiani to Martino Gamper, from Fabio Novembre to Formafantasma), bringing together some of the most iconic pieces ever, in terms of formal and technological innovation applied to products: from the 1945 Bombé range by Alessi to 1950 Lettera 22 by Marcello Nizzoli for Olivetti, to 1962 Arco by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni through to the 2013 Carry-on wheelbarrow by Francesco Faccin. The exhibition design by Michele De Lucchi, who restored the Belvedere and designed the refurbishment of Triennale and the permanent halls of Triennale Design Museum, is extremely sleek and minimal: the items are displayed on untreated wood crates, to achieve a harmonious dialogue between the pieces and the surrounding architecture. All works on display are supported by written captions as well as an innovative digital captioning system. By scanning the QR code on the label, visitors may have access to the contents of the work they are looking at, in real time. So, they will instantly receive information about the designers, their products and the companies, and they can share or save the images they like best. In Monza, the Triennale Design Museum is not all about exhibition areas, it also means “vibrant” places, endlessly livened up by such activities as meetings, conferences, lectures (with industry experts, designers, businessmen, critics, lecturers, economists) and educational initiatives for children and families. The Belvedere of Villa Reale in Monza will be focussed on promoting and enhancing the Rete dei Giacimenti del Design Italiano (the network of treasure-troves of Italian design), led by Triennale Design Museum, to create a place to talk and exchange experiences about design, which can only thrive in Brianza while its heritage is spread all over Italy. In addition, Villa Reale will become a platform for the exchange of skills, that will involve a general public of amateurs or a specialist public of professionals, as the case may be, in workshops that will act as “workplaces”, places to share and protect the ‘making’ skills, to promote and boost research, techniques, the exploration of materials and processes. Creating an ideal dialogue between traditional skills and fast prototyping and 3D printing experiments, from the craftsman’s shop to the new “makers”.
La Collezione Permanente del Design Italiano alla Villa Reale di Monza from december 2014 to March, 16, 2016.