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Today we are open from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm

Tuesday, December 18th, the STORIES exhibition will close at 7.30 pm, on Wednesday 19th December the A CASTIGLIONI exhibition will close at 7.30 pm, ticket sales will end 45 minutes before closing.

Opening time

Today we are open from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm


2 APR - 11 SEP 2016

15 Euro Ticket for all the XXI Triennale exhibitions
22,00 Euro XX1T Pass for unlimited access to XXI Triennale exhibitions
14.30 - 19.30
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
9.30 am - 7.30 pm
Thursday and Saturday
9.30 am - 10.30 pm
Sempering; gerund of the verb “to semper”. In architecture and design, a constructive action on a material (zʼɛmpərɪŋ); gerund of the verb “to semper”. In architecture and design, a constructive action on a material or component that leaves a significant trace in the end product. Neologism from the surname of the German architect Gottfried Semper, 1803-1879, author of Der Stil in den technischen und tektonischen Künsten, 1860-63.

On the occasion of the XXI Triennale di Milano International Exposition, MUDEC – Museum of Cultures houses the exhibition Sempering – Process and pattern in architecture and design.  

Well-designed architecture and objects always show a meaningful resonance between means and ends. Their generating process is not a neutral vehicle that leads from the idea to the result, but rather a meeting of form and material, which may take the mode of a free experiment or confirm well-tested crafting practices.

Within a varied contemporary panorama, the exhibition displays a selection of design events of different kinds and of different scales, organised into eight possible actions; eight metamorphoses capable of transforming materials or components into ‘artefacts’, into active elements of our daily lives and culture.

The four categories formulated a hundred and fifty years ago by Gottfried Semper, and doubled in number to bring them up to date with contemporary conditions, are used as a grid to organise the complex structure of the artificial environment; and as the instrument for a possible revision of the axioms and methods of modern design, in its constant attempt to adapt them to the problems and aspirations of a complex world.

Sempering looks at architecture, landscapes and objects of the last decade crossing the established boundaries of every possible system of the arts, of every division in skills and sectors. Actions such as stacking heavy materials, connecting light structures, moulding soft materials, engraving fine casings, folding tin sheets, weaving threads, arranging tiles or blowing air can be seen as basic actions capable of inventing unexpected forms by the use of new technologies, but also as the testing of well-established ‘customs’ or formal traditions in their response to new conditions.


Curated by
Luisa Collina
Cino Zucchi

Scientific coordination
Valentina Auricchio
Simona Galateo

Exhibition design
CZA - Cino Zucchi Architetti
Cino Zucchi
Stefano Goffi
Angelo Michele Pagano
Mattia Cavaglieri
Silvia Valentina Patussi

Graphic design
Marco Ferrari
Elisa Pasqual
Alessandro Busi
Aaron Gillet


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