The Museum of Modern Art Presents: Broken Nature

November 21, 2020 – August 15, 2021

Celebrating design’s ability to offer powerful insights into the key issues of our age, The Museum of Modern Art will present Broken Nature in its street-level galleries. The exhibition will highlight the concept of “restorative design” and present objects and concepts that offer diverse strategies in the effort to help humans repair their relationship to the environments that they share—with other humans and with other species. A collaboration with the Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature was originally organized in 2019 as the main exhibition of the XXII Triennale, with a curatorial team composed of Paola Antonelli, Ala Tannir, Laura Maeran, and Erica Petrillo. Featuring approximately 45 works—some of them new acquisitions in the Museum’s collection and others loans—drawn from the more than 100 in the Milan installation, the MoMA chapter of Broken Nature will explore the complex, interconnected systems humans inhabit, and the reparative roles design plays within these systems.

Broken Nature is organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Director, Research and Development, and Anna Burckhardt, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.

The exhibition is made possible by Allianz, MoMA’s partner for design and innovation.

Alex Goad. MARS. 2013. Ceramic, marine concrete, and steel, each module 17.7 x 17.7 x 12.6 in. (45 x 45 x 32 cm). Installation view in Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, the XXII Triennale di Milano, March 1, 2019–January 28, 2018. Courtesy Triennale di Milano, photo: Gianluca di Ioia
Aki Inomata. Think Evolution #1: Kiku-ichi (Ammonite). 2016-17. Monitor, HD video (color, sound, 2 min. loop), ammonite fossil, resin, 5.7 x 4.7 x 2.3 in. (14.5x12x 6 cm). Courtesy the artist and MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY
Julia Lohmann. Oki Naganode. 2013. Seaweed, rattan, aluminum, 118 x 137.7 x 137.7 in. (300 x 350 x 350 cm). Installation view in Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, the XXII Triennale di Milano, March 1, 2019–January 28, 2018. Courtesy Triennale di Milano, photo: Gianluca di Ioia

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