Triennale Milano is supporting Ukraine with the Planeta Ukrain project: a series of reflections and meetings with Ukrainian and international artists, intellectuals, and scientists, intended as an open and free space for exchange about the issues being addressed in the Ukrainian Pavilion at the 23rd international exhibition, which will open in July. The first event held as part of the project took place on Wednesday, March 9, at the Triennale museum. Speaking at the event were Triennale Milano president, Stefano Boeri, along with the project curators. Also participating were a number of prominent figures from Ukraine’s art and cultural spheres and a number of Italian politicians, including Ministers Luigi Di Maio (Foreign Affairs) and Dario Franceschini (Culture).
“At a time of such great upheaval,” said architect Boeri, “we believe that a cultural institution such as Triennale can play the role of an antenna, receiving and transmitting what’s happening in Ukraine along with the voices of Ukrainian culture in Italy and around the world, thereby facilitating that exchange of opinions and information between cultures and institutions around the world that the war is threatening to exterminate.”
Planeta Ukrain opened with a performance of Movimento di memoria, a piece written for the event by Ukrainian composer Boris Loginov and performed by Ukrainian pianist Anastasia Stovbyr and guitarist Pierluigi Clemente. The event, held at Palazzo dell’Arte and broadcast live on Triennale Milano’s Facebook and YouTube channels, continued with a message from Italy’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio: “In any international setting, dialogue and the exchange of ideas are precious commodities. This applies even more in situations such as the one we’re currently seeing. I believe that by bringing together Ukrainian voices in the fields of culture, art, and science, the Planeta Ukrain initiative epitomizes Triennale Milano’s mission to offer a special space for plurality and diverse perspectives.”
Via a link to the MAXXI (National Museum of 21st Century Arts), the Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, and the president of MAXXI, Giovanna Melandri, also took part. Other participants included the president of the Venice Biennale Arte 2022, Roberto Cicutto, and, from Ukraine, Galyna Grygorenko, head of the State Agency of Ukraine for Arts and Artistic Education.
Planeta Ukrain is curated by writer Gianluigi Ricuperati, actress Lidiya Liberman, and pianist Anastasia Stovbyr. It will be active throughout the six months of the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition, entitled “Unknown Unknowns. An Introduction to Mysteries,” which will open in early summer. Triennale Milano, an international cultural institution and part of the Bureau International des Expositions, has guaranteed that the Ukrainian Pavilion, along with the pavilions of many other countries, will be present at the next exhibition.
Photography by Balazs Sebok