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Broken Nature

July 2020 – March 2021

The Museum of Modern Art

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 from July 2020 through March 2021. 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. The exhibition at MoMA 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.

 

Broken Nature will promote the important role of creative practices in maintaining and strengthening our bonds with the complex natural and human-made realms, and in designing reparations when necessary, through objects, concepts, and new systems. The projects and designers selected for this installation, including Mustafa Ali Faruki, Formafantasma, Aki Inomata, Alex Goad, Julia Lohmann, Christien Meindertsma, and Studio Swine, among others, demonstrate design’s inherent restorative potential. Some projects propose practical and tangible amends, while others manage to instil new behaviors and lead citizens to a more responsible attitude toward the world they occupy and shape. Still others point at possible future consequences of our choices of today.

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

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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

Thomas Thwaites. Goatman. 2016. Various materials and dimensions. Courtesy the artist, photo: Tim Bowditch

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

 

Mustafa Faruki of theLab-lab for architecture. Intake Facility for an Anonymous Client. 2018-ongoing. Prints with annotations and supplemental digital and analog materials, prints: 12 x 18 in. (30.5 x 46 cm). Courtesy the artist

Mustafa Faruki of theLab-lab for architecture. Intake Facility for an Anonymous Client. 2018-ongoing. Prints with annotations and supplemental digital and analog materials, prints: 12 x 18 in. (30.5 x 46 cm). Courtesy the artist

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

Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami of Studio Swine. Can City Stools. 2013. Sand-cast aluminum, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artists

Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami of Studio Swine. Film still from Can City. 2018. Film by: Juriaan Booij. Courtesy the artists

Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami of Studio Swine. Film still from Can City. 2018. Film by: Juriaan Booij. Courtesy the artists