Triennale Milan’s Big Plans for the Future

The strategic plan presented by Stefano Boeri for the years 2022-2026 aims to establish a clear vision for the institution and sets ambitious goals for the future.

Illustration by Jonathan Calugi for Triennale Milano.

The future of museums and culture is a canvas yet to be painted, a story yet to be written. The Triennale in Milan, which is celebrating its centenary in 2023, is poised to be a major player in shaping that future. The recently released 2022-2026 strategic plan, presented by its president, Stefano Boeri, is a bold and ambitious vision for the institution. It aims to position the Triennale as a centre for dialogue and diversity and to solidify its role in the cultural landscape.

The strategic plan has four main objectives, under the banner of “Design the Future,” and will feature 17 key projects for 2023, with updates to be made available on the Triennale’s website. It outlines the priority areas of action for Triennale Milano for the next three years but it may be perceived as more of a political program than a cultural one.

Triennale in Milan is taking bold steps towards transforming itself into a truly hybrid and fluid institution for culture. Photo Agnese Bedini, Piercarlo Quecchia, DSL Studio.

The plan includes four macro-objectives: reaching more audiences, strengthening Triennale’s reputation, promoting Triennale’s heritage and research, and re-organizing the institution. Each year, the projects will be connected to these objectives. For 2023, 17 projects have been selected and will be launched during the year. These include a membership program, expanding the educational offerings, and consolidating international partnerships.

According to the plan, “the activation of new channels and new ways of dialogue and understanding the needs of different audiences is crucial in order to develop an offering that addresses the cultural needs of society,” and it emphasizes the importance of “co-designing with different audiences, stakeholders, and the local community” that will lead to a more inclusive institution. “Pluralism of points of view and multidisciplinarity are essential in providing audiences with appropriate tools for reflection and critical analysis.”

The institution is taking bold steps towards transforming itself into a truly hybrid and fluid institution for culture. It’s a statement of intent that Triennale Milan is not content with being a mere spectator, but wants to be a leader and a driving force in shaping the future of art and design.

Additional projects for 2023 include the reopening of the Triennale Study Center and the creation of an Innovation Hub. The organization will also be adopting a circular economy model, which will be more flexible and implemented through the use of smart working.

The Triennale has a rich history of multidisciplinary cultural programming and production, and this new direction aims to keep that legacy alive and relevant in today’s rapidly changing society.

While the strategic plan is ambitious, it remains to be seen if Triennale Milan will be able to live up to the lofty goals they have set for themselves.

Katherine Thomson is an arts critic in Milan.