2007 saw the birth of the first Italian design museum, at the Triennale in Milan. Il Museo Mutante is the first of three volumes retracing the history of the Triennale Design Museum in a project forming part of a series on Milan's Museums and Galleries, the fruit of a well-established partnership between Electa and Intesa Sanpaolo.
Il Museo Mutante is the first in a trilogy on the Triennale Design Museum (TDM). It will be followed by a second volume Collezione permanente del design italiano and a third entitled Rete dei giacimenti (corporate museums, archives, private collections, galleries): everything that makes the TDM the platform for a museum system with an extensive presence nationwide.
This first volume contains ten chapters, corresponding to the ten exhibitions held by the Triennale Design Museum. Starting in 2007, ten curators have sought each year to retrace the history of Italian design, exploring it in depth and always from a fresh angle. Every chapter features a colour, a picture of the museum’s ouverture, an introduction by the curator, pieces explaining the book’s scientific organisation and a selection of the works exhibited.
A true rainbow narrating ten angles on the history of design. From the two first exhibitions curated by Andrea Branzi to those curated by Alessandro Mendini, Alberto Alessi, Mario Piazza, Giorgio Camuffo, Carlo Vinti, Pierluigi Nicolin, Beppe Finessi, Germano Celant and Silvana Annicchiarico… Seen one after the other, they provide an essential, concerted and original exploration of a discipline with a story still far from being rationalised once and for all.