Milan’s Triennale Design Museum Finds a Home in the Big Apple

By natalie

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We’ve been buzzing about this for some time, and now it’s official.  To all Italian design lovers like ourselves out there, be prepared to fall in amore…Milan’s Triennale Design Museum, the institution par excellence of Italian design, is opening a space in Manhattan. And not just any space, but in the venue that formerly housed The Museum of Arts & Design, as reported in an article in yesterday’s Crain’s New York website. This location, 40 W 53rd Street to be particular, boasts over 18,000 square-feet and is located across the street from MoMA.

Plans for the opening are as clever as the location.  The new museum is slated to open in May, just in time for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

The Triennale Design Museum has been a Milan institution for 90 years, and recently, in 2006, opened a Japan outpost. Its much talked about and vanguard exhibitions have included a Frank Gehry exhibit entitled “Since 1997,” “The Obsessions of Italian Design,” an inaugural exhibition at the Milan museum’s new building in 2008, and the current exhibition “Il segno dei designer” (the sign of the designers), a group show of Italian design curated by Gianni Veneziano.

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