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Goldschmied & Chiari, Untitled View. Courtesy of Galleria Poggiali, Milan.

Padiglione Centrale. Photo: Andrea Avezzu. Courtesy of the Venice Biennale.

MAXXI Maurizio Nannucci. Photo: Musacchio & Ianniello, 1886.

ADI Compasso d’Oro Design Museum. © 2020 Roberto De Riccardis / Fondazione ADI Collezione Compasso d’Oro.

 

Milano Design Film Festival.

Fondazione studio museo Vico Magistretti, Archive.

Fondazione Achille Castiglioni, Prototypes room.

Fondazione Franco Albini.

Fuorisalone.it

Italian design and architecture organizations respond to COVID-19

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The organizations gathered here since the beginning of the lockdown have continued to produce culture through their online channels. They have put on virtual events in order to remain in touch with their audiences and to create new opportunities for reflection, distraction, and inspiration in these complex and challenging times. Their new digital programs vary in topic and approach: live Instagram events and video interviews with architects, designers, and personalities from the world of culture, web TV projects, sneak peeks of future exhibitions, insights into the collections, digitisation of archives and many other activities.

In response to the ongoing crisis, we will continue to compile and distribute an array of online projects and institutional responses from around the world.


Triennale Milano 
From an idea by Joseph Grima and curated by Umberto Angelini, Lorenza Baroncelli, Lorenza Bravetta, and Joseph Grima, Triennale Decameron is an innovative format shown live on Instagram every day at 5pm CET. Drawing inspiration from Giovanni Boccaccio’s tale in The Decameron about a group of young people who spend ten days outside Florence to escape the Black Death in 1348, taking it in turns to tell stories to pass the time, Triennale invites artists, designers, architects, intellectuals, writers, and musicians to create stories of their own. Interviews, videos, and podcasts are also being published on triennale.org.

Website: www.triennale.org
Instagram: @triennalemilano

Venice Biennale
Waiting for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2020 opening on August 29, the social channels of Venice Biennale proposes #MadeInBiennale, a special approach path presenting the participants of How will we live together? through the past exhibited projects. Moreover, "Biennale Sneak Peek" will be online from the end of May. This multi-channel initiative will allow architecture lovers and others to discover the "behind the scenes" of the exhibition. With previews and short video interviews, the participants invited by the curator Hashim Sarkis will unveil their projects answering the question How will we live together?.

Website: www.labiennale.org
Facebook: Venice Biennale / Instagram: @labiennale / Twitter: @la_Biennale 

Fuorisalone.it
www.fuorisalone.it launches a new digital event format from June 15 to 21, 2020, an online festival that talks about the current state of international design. For the occasion will be launched Fuorisalone.tv, a real web TV with live talks, product presentations, documentaries and corporate videos, and Fuorisalone Meets, a webinar platform aimed to offer occasions for sharing and networking between companies and operators. In addition, the official channels WeChat and fuorisalone.jp will expand the audience in the Chinese and Japanese markets.

Website: www.fuorisalone.it
Web TV: www.fuorisalone.tv

MAXXI
While closed, MAXXI has opened its online doors even wider with a rich cultural offer on all its social media channels, thanks to the support and generosity of artists, architects, designers, photographers, intellectuals, and writers. Among the videos, there are also the in-depth cycles on architecture and design, with Pippo Ciorra, describing the most important buildings of the last 20 years, and Domitilla Dardi, presenting some of the most iconic objects of contemporary design. The contributions also include a video by Renzo Piano sending a message full of courage and hope.

Website: www.maxxi.art
Facebook: museomaxxi

Fondazione Achille Castiglioni
During this lockdown, the Achille Castiglioni Foundation has continued its archival activities, even working at home. The Foundation published a 3D video on the official website in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano and with Rete Artigianato Digitale to share an unusual and dreamlike view of the Castiglioni’s Studio. At the same time, the Foundation is working also on its social-media activities. The Foundation has presented various topics in webinars to students of different university and many “live interviews” on Instagram.

Website: www.fondazioneachillecastiglioni.it 
Facebook: fondazione achille castiglioni

Fondazione studio museo Vico Magistretti
All the digital initiatives of Fondazione studio museo Vico Magistretti have a single starting point: the Studio Magistretti archive. Since January 2020, on the centenary of Magistretti birth, the archive can be accessed online. The archive is below the studio museum, and supports it (not just physically), giving it stories (of products and manufacturers, buildings, and clients) that become words and pathways in the exhibitions, guided visits, books, and social media contents. The portal can be defined as the first monograph, in Italian and English, on Magistretti’s work.

Website: archivio.magistretti.it
Facebook: fondazione magistretti

Fondazione Franco Albini
Franco Albini Foundation creates events, publications, theatrical performances, and guided tours, to make known, protect and enhance the Albini archive. The Franco Albini Academy is part of the Foundation, dedicated to training, in order to share the “Albini method” as an empowerment tool for personal, relational and professional areas. Over the coming weeks, the Foundation will publish 17 videos of 5 minutes each, illustrating the work and method of Maestro Franco Albini and its application in the contemporary context.

Website: www.fondazionefrancoalbini.com
Youtube: Fondazione Franco Albini / Instagram: @fondazionefrancoalbini

Museimpresa
Museimpresa The Italian Association of Corporate Archives and Museums is a unique European network of large, medium-sized and small Italian enterprises. It promotes and reinforces company culture through numerous activities targeted towards its members, the museum and archive community and the general public. Also during this lockdown, Museimpresa associates offer virtual tours of their corporate museums and digital archives, an immersive experience in the history of these entrepreneurial realities and in that of our country.

Website: www.museimpresa.com
Facebook: @museimpresa

ADI Compasso d’Oro Design Museum
Design, reading, and of course the museum. While waiting for work to restart on the new ADI Compasso d’Oro Design Museum in Milan, the museum's social channels are publishing posts about the most famous objects in the collection, the designers, and even the meaning of design itself, and the museum newsletter will soon be available. ADI is also putting online a number of meetings with the authors of some of the most recent books about design under the title ADI DESIGN TO READ: in May four live meetings are scheduled on Instagram and Facebook.

Website: adidesignmuseum.org
Website: adi-design.org

Milano Design Film Festival 
Every week during the COVID-19 restrictions, the Milano Design Film Festival offers a film from its archive that can be watched online for free on MDFF Store, its streaming platform. Since 2013, during the month of October, MDFF has been the annual event with feature and short films, documentaries, and contents ranging from design to architecture, from sustainability to urban life, from artificial intelligence to the environmentally friendly. During the whole year the festival's film archive travels the world through the MDFF Around the World programme. The festival also organizes the international AFA-Architecture Film Award. 

Website: milanodesignfilmfestival.com
Website: store.milanodesignfilmfestival.com
Website: architecturefilmaward.com

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