The 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition

Triennale Milano

The 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition, titled "Unknown Unknowns. An Introduction to Mysteries", opens to the public on July 15 until December 11, 2022: this is one of the most important events devoted to design andarchitecture in the international field.

Ticket information

Ticket information:


Full: 22 Euros

Reduced (Under 30 / Over 65): 18 Euros

Reduced Students: 11 Euros

Reduced Disabled: 11 Euros

Tickets can be used from the time of purchase to the closing of the Exhibition, i.e. the various sections can be visited on different days

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Public transport

Public transport:


M1, M2 (Cadorna Triennale)



Milano Nord Cadorna



1, 19, 27



57, 61, 94





The theme

The 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition, which in 2023 will celebrate 100 years since its foundation, 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; 23 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 thematic exhibition "Unknown Unknowns"

The thematic exhibition, curated by Ersilia Vaudo, an astrophysicist and Chief Diversity Officer at the European Space Agency, will be the nervecenter of the 23rd International Exhibition. An area whose boundaries will be hazy and permeable, and that will present more than a hundred works, projects and installations by international artists, researchers and designers dealing with the unknown.


Unknown Unknowns will address a series of themes including: gravity, seen as “the greatest designer” that shapes the universe; maps, systems by which trajectories and routes are determined; the new challenges facing architecture, that is opening itself up to brand new prospects such as how to live in extraterrestrial space.


The thematic exhibition will include four special commissions that Triennale has handed to the Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki, the Italian designer Irene Stracuzzi, the US architects' and designers’ collective SOM, and the Turkish-American artist Refik Anadol.


Moreover, the show will include a series of site-specific installations and four Listening Chambers, spaces in which sound becomes spoken words and visitors can abandon them selves to the narrations of leading figures from the world of science. 

The exhibitions

Together with the thematic display, the 23rd International Exhibition will also host 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.


There will also be a series of installations and special projects that will see the involvement of the art historians Giovanni Agosti and Jacopo Stoppa, 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.

The projects of Francis Kéré

Francis Kéré has designed the display installations in the common areas of Triennale and has curated two installations dedicated to the voices of the African continent.


The first project is a 12-mt high tower at the Triennale entrance, that brings together images and materials that speak of that which has been, and that which is yet to come. The installation entitled Yesterday's Tomorrow, at the center of the International Participations’ section, examines the vernacular architecture of Burkina Faso, with its practices and representations, in order to allow it to live again in a new way.


Kéré also designed the seating for Triennale's common areas, and the installation Under a Coffee Tree, situated in the Caffè Triennale. The architect was also tasked by Burkina Faso - which is taking part in the International Exhibition for the first time - with creating the Drawn Together project, a wall that visitors are invited to co-create.

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