Above: Bookstore View
The interior will centre around an iron staircase and include a restaurant, books shop and cafe.
Above: Interior View
The inaugural exhibition will be titled The Expression of Gio Ponti.
Above: Atrium View from Stairs
Here are some more details from La Triennale di Milano:
LA Triennale di Milano, Italy’s premier INSTITUTION for architecture, design and the arts, TO OPEN TRIENNALE DI MILANO NEW YORK in September 2010. Located at West 53rd Street, new multi-disciplinary space will bring experience of Italian design, architecture, art and food to city’s leading cultural corridor. Designed by Italian architects Michele De Lucchi and Pierluigi Cerri, building to include dynamic spaces for exhibitions, restaurant, bookstore, shop, espresso bar and special events.
La Triennale di Milano announced today that it will open Triennale di Milano New York (Triennale New York), a dynamic multi-disciplinary space dedicated to Italian culture and creativity, at 40 West 53rd Street in New York City in September 2010. Triennale New York will establish a permanent space in the United States for world-class exhibitions by the renowned Italian Foundation, La Triennale di Milano, making it one of the few international visual arts institutions of its kind to have a presence in New York.
Above: Exterior View
The core of the 18,067 sf. space will devoted to the exhibition area, occupying more than half of the space. In addition, the building will include a restaurant, a bookstore, a shop and an espresso bar. “Triennale New York will bring the essence of Italian identity to New York City,” said Davide Rampello, President, La Triennale di Milano “We will try to represent the extraordinary qualities that are the hallmark of Italian ingenuity, industry and culture.”
Designed by Italian architects Michele De Lucchi and Pierluigi Cerri, in collaboration with New York Studio CUH2a, the architectural renovation will transform the existing space into a dynamic addition to the cultural thoroughfare that is West 53rd Street.
An open-slat iron staircase will serve as the main artery of the building, connecting the various levels to each other and providing access to the 9,000 sf exhibition gallery located on the lower level. The entire space has been designed to be flexible and will utilize the latest interactive information and exhibition technologies in order to accommodate artistic programs, meet high-quality museum standards, and host a series of talks, special programs, and social and cultural events.
Triennale New York exhibitions will be expressly conceived for a New York audience by La Triennale di Milano curatorial team, under the direction of President Davide Rampello. It will inaugurate the new space with “The Expression of Gio Ponti” an exhibition of architectural models, drawings, writings, and personal objects belonging to one of Italy’s most well-known 20th century architects and designers. Curated by one of the members of La Triennale scientific committee, Germano Celant, the exhibition will pull from the Gio Ponti Archives of Milan to explore the relationship the theorist, critic and architect—one of the first truly global architects of the 20th century—had with the U.S., and will be enriched by a diverse program of panel discussions, a catalogue, and ancillary events.
“La Triennale has, for many years, been a place at the center of international, Italian and Milanese debates and culture. Triennale New York will allow us to bring this dialogue—through examples of Italian culture in all its many forms—to New York, as well as into contact with wider global trends and discourse. There is no more perfect way to spark this conversation than to present a protagonist of 20th century Italian design. There are few designers who have had a greater impact on Italy in the 20th century than Gio Ponti,” said Mr. Rampello, President of La Triennale di Milano.
Triennale New York will attentively curate all of its “cultural” offerings, considering the restaurant not as a side service, but as an opportunity to get in touch with the extraordinary variety that Italian cuisine is able to express through the culture of its territory. The restaurant will be guest-curated on an ongoing basis by well-known chefs from Italy and will use products from every part of the country, to demonstrate the diverse richness of Italian cuisine, and try to overcome the stereotypes that sometimes mark Italian food abroad. In this very sense, Triennale New York will avail itself of the collaboration of many consortiums which are preserving PDO (Protected Designation of Origin), PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) and TSG (Traditional Speciality Guaranteed) EU agricultural quality products.
Triennale New York marks the continued internationalization process of La Triennale di Milano, which serves, in Milan, and abroad, as a vital platform for artistic collaboration with international institutions, universities, chambers of commerce, and trade and professional associations. In 2009, La Triennale opened its first permanent foreign branch in Asia—Triennale Incheon in Seoul, Korea—and in 2011 will open Triennale Shanghai, where it is currently at work as the curator of the Italian Pavillion for World Expo 2010.
The international development strategy of the foundation is the result of a collaboration between La Triennale di Milano, Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development, chambers of commerce and trade and professional associations. Triennale New York is generously supported by several companies, including Mapei, a leading worldwide supplier of materials for the construction industry, who will supply innovative materials for the building.
La Triennale di Milano develops the cultural offering of Triennale New York and avails itself of the collaboration of Artlivingny in managing of the branch. Artlivingny is the U.S. subsidiary of I Living, founded by CEO Roberto Manzoni.
About Triennale di Milano New York
Triennale di Milano New York is a dynamic multi-disciplinary space dedicated to the experience of Italian culture and creativity through architecture, design, art, fashion and food. It serves as the permanent home in the U.S. for exhibitions by La Triennale di Milano, one of Italy’s leading arts institutions, and home to Italy’s first design museum. Since its founding in 1923, La Triennale di Milano has been the center of the production of exhibitions and major debates, events and research on architecture, design, figurative arts, communications and fashion. Guided by the institution’s mission, Triennale New York endeavors to be a complex reality, a lively center of cultural production and a meeting point. Situated in one of New York City’s leading cultural corridors, the 18,000 sf, three-level space offers visitors exhibitions, a bookstore a shop, a restaurant and a series of dynamic programs that aim to stimulate vibrant dialogue about Italian culture, creativity and industry.
About La Triennale di Milano
La Triennale di Milano was founded in 1923 in Monza on the occasion of the first Biennale of decorative arts, with the goal to simulate the interaction between industry, the productive sectors and applied arts. Since moving to its current location in Milan’s Parco Sempione in 1933, the institution has established itself as a benchmark for the cultural and economic life of the city with groundbreaking exhibitions of unmatched quality and originality, and major debates, events and research on architecture, design, figurative arts, communications and fashion. La Triennale includes Triennale Design Museum, Italy’s first Design museum, and Biblioteca del Progetto (Design Library) and maintains a network of national and international venues, including Triennale Bovisa (Milan), Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni (Milan), Triennale Incheon in Korea, and Triennale New York (Fall 2010).
La Triennale di Milano is a complex reality, a lively center of cultural production, a place where creative thoughts are stimulated and project culture thrives.
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