conducted by Cookies 

15 – 17 September

Friday  3PM to 7PM + 8PM to 10PM (1hour dinner break)

Saturday and Sunday 11AM to 6PM (1hour lunch break from 1PM to 2PM)

Milano, Museo del Design

Via Borsi, 9

Intervening beyond the traditional fields of exhibition making, we propose to investigate mediums of proactive design and interactions that lead to innovative outputs in the making of exhibitions.
Research, critical approach, cross discipline collaboration are natural extensions of the architect’s toolbox that, when handed to experts, curators and artists can expand the boundaries of exhibition design.

Focused on display and staging techniques, the workshop will be partly based on recent examples of exhibitions realized by Cookies members at OMA (Auguste Perret, Eight Masterpieces, OMA 2014, Serial / Portable Classics, OMA 2015, Fundamentals ­ Venice Biennale, OMA 2014, Knoll Pavilion at Salone del Mobile, OMA 2013­2016 as well as realizations of the collective.

The space of the Museo del design will serve as a continuous case study and support for experimentations (photos for collages, models, displays…).


­Spaces, Strategies
-10 Seminal exhibitions (Exhibition making history) : Introduction on the exhibition making from existing examples, practical cases.

-Exercice on display apparatuses in relation to the exhibition space. Production of models, samples, collages, prototypes.

Art, Artists

-15 artists / artworks (Content catalogue) : Constraints and opportunity derived from given works, mediums and materials.

– Exercice on chosen artworks : Manipulation, mise en scène,critical staging and integration of research parameters in the production of display strategies.

Fo r m a t s

– The previous sessions will introduce the notion of format. The staging vision embraces a larger frame than the space and the art. The staging strategy is catalysing the work of curators, experts and artists.

-Exercice in situ : Proposals for the Museo del design within, next or around the existing spaces. Simulations with projectors, physical and digital models.

Hands on

-The student is invited to draft a staging strategy of his choice, helped with the guidance and feedback of previous examples and exercises. The output of this session is an comprehensive approach to the complexity of staging and exhibition design, based on existing art and art spaces.

– Group or individual work with collective debate and critic at the end of the day. The production of the workshop will be compiled in a sum and shared among students. The type of final output will depend on each person (collages, text, pictures, models, simulations…)


‘Some voids thoughts on Museums’ Robert Smithson in ‘The Collected Writings’, University of California Press, 1996
Hotel Carlton Palace. Chambre 763 ­ An Exhibition by Hans Ulrich Obrist ­ Cornerhouse pub. 2014 Serial/Portable Classic ­ Edited by Salvatore Settis, Anna Anguissola, Davide Gasparotto ­Progetto Prada Arte, Milan 2015

Impressions of Africa ­ Raymond Roussel, self pub, 1910 Content ­ OMA, Taschen, 2004

­ Materials needed from Students
The list is not exhaustive, and it is not mandatory to bring all the items

  • Laptop
  • Smartphone
  • Camera
  • References and affinities (artists, artworks, art spaces)
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