Milan offers you a virtually overwhelming number of culturally interesting and stimulating places to visit. Enormous galleries and museums rub shoulders with fascinating homes which also display artistic treasures. Even though we were going to be in town for a week, we were going to have to make some tough choices as we didn’t want to fall foul of the dreaded gallery fatigue. That zombie like state which sees you stumbling through rooms of art works that you are unable to process. It could be that you have seen too much in a short space of time, resulting in sensory overload, this is often combined with the sore feet, tired legs combination from having pushed oneself too hard.
We decided to make La Triennale Di Milano our first destination. I had read that it was currently hosting an exhibition of great Italian 20th century design, so that was enough to catch our attention. As we were staying in Brera, a trip to the museum would involve a walk to and through the Parco Sempione, as the museum in situated on the western edge of this large park. Being a Sunday morning, the park was full of of people taking advantage of the largest green space in the central area of the city. A large number of birds, ducks and turtles kept small children entertained in the shade of what was already becoming a warm morning.
La Triennale Di Milano is situated in a purpose made building called Palazzo dell’ Arte deigned by Giovanni Muzio which was completed in 1933. It’s a huge, high ceilinged space which offered multiple exhibition areas as well as a sculpture park in its garden. My home work hadn’t tipped me off to quite how many different things there were to see within the building. Many rooms with individual tickets at varying prices or an “access all areas” ticket” which seemed like the sensible option to go for. Indeed it was.
The first exhibition that we visited was dedicated to the architect and designer Osvaldo Borsani. Let’s be honest, we had never heard of this gentleman before, after seeing his work, that appears to be rather shocking. A glorious collection of all sorts of furniture was the star of the vast show. We fell in love with a large number of chairs, sofas, tables and other fittings. It was interesting to see the way his work changed through the decades, always forging ahead in terms of line, and materials coupled with clever touches to make the furniture flexible and multifunctional. It was the sort of collection that you hope to discover on holiday, a new name (to us), who opens a lot of doors to interesting things.
It was time for something to eat, the cafe on the lower floor was busy and to our eyes rather chaotic. There is a more formal restaurant on the top floor, but the prices were rather more than we were looking to pay for a mid-day snack. We decide to venture outside to see what was available, crossing the small grassland area directly in front of the entrance, spotted a permeant food hut, which provided us with delicious and sizeable sandwiches at a very reasonable price.
Then it was back into the building for the excellent deign classics collection, cars, bikes, office equipment, furniture and more. A joyous collection of stylish and inventive items that changed the world. We also took in several other exhibitions use our go anywhere ticket. To be honest, not too much else took our fancy. We then headed out into the garden at the rear of the museum, which features some large and humorous sculptures as well as some brilliant garden furniture. We loved the lady relaxing in the white lounger, a perfect way to relax in the midst of this busy place.
By mid afternoon the place was heaving with people, lot’s of talks and debates were going on. It appears that this is a regular feature here, in fact if we had been around a week later there were some great looking events focusing on football in Milan, so it’s clear that the place has a pretty wide remit. The enthralling exhibitions that we saw wont be there in the future but it’s certainly a place to keep an eye on if you are in Milan.