The Biennial of Design is organised by MAO, Slovenia’s national Museum of Architecture and Design. MAO preserves and archives works from prominent architects and designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, constituting a rich history of creative ideas, vision and production.

MAO organizes and shares this seemingly unlimited source of inspiration and exploration of architecture and design through its many compelling exhibitions, publications and diverse programmes. In this unique environment where past, present and a desire to discover the new come together, MAO serves as a dynamic forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and dialogue for and among a wide range of visitors.

Next BIO will happen from May 25th until October 29th2017. In 2014, the Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, reinvented itself and launched an ambitious call for applications. Entering the realm of collaboration, where design is a tool to rethink everyday life, the Biennial was looking for individuals to shape possible futures for design.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana (BIO) builded on the event’s tradition and history, advancing into an experimental, collaborative territory where design is employed as a tool to question and transform ideas about industrial production, public and private space, and pre-established systems and networks. Organized by MAO, the Museum of Architecture and Design, BIO 50 was curated by Belgian critic and curator Jan Boelen, director of Z33 - House for Contemporary Art, Head of the Master department Social Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven (NL), and chairman of the Flemish Committee for Architecture and Design.

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