Museum of Fine Arts, Houston unleashes 'radical' Italian design exhibition

Oct 08, 2019 378

BY: Craig D. Lindsey

Coming next year, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will examine Italy’s postwar explosion of disruptive design with a massive exhibition. "Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985, the Dennis Freedman Collection" will be on view in the museum’s Cullinan Hall starting Friday, February 14. Nearly 50 years after MoMA’s defining 1972 survey, "Italy: The New Domestic Landscape," this is the first major U.S. museum exhibition to assess this now-iconic movement from a historical perspective.

"'Radical Design' was a movement instigated by university students, who sparked critical dialogues about art, design, and society," MFAH director Gary Tinterow said in a press release. The exhibition presents nearly 70 pieces of furniture, lighting design, architectural models, paintings, and objects; of these, about half are gifts of Freedman (a New York-based creative director who has held positions at W Magazine and Barneys New York) and half are acquisitions from his collection.

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