Design as art and the art of design.
If you expect the design museum in La Triennale to be a sensible chronological history of Italian design, forget it. This is more a grand celebration of stuff. They even say it’s about the ‘Thingness of Things’. Everything is designed and re-designed, twice baked to make you look twice and really study it, look at it again and see it with new eyes: utensils fashioned into a sculpture, a cardboard box made of Perspex that looks like bone china. And just when you think that nothing is as it seems, a Gucci bag stands on its own, untouched. Perhaps this is the work of art so perfect it cannot be improved?
The Triennale was founded in Monza, about 15 kms outside of Milan, in 1923, moving into its current home in Giovanni Muzio’s Palazzo dell'Arte in 1933. Always focusing on design, it is only very recently that it has had a permanent design museum – astonishing when you consider how important design has been to the city.
There is a permanent collection but even this shifts and there are also regular changing exhibitions.