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Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

NOW CLOSED

The Dennis Freedman Collection

This survey of post-war Italian design is made up of gifts, acquisitions and loans from the collection of Dennis Freedman. Among the 70 objects spanning lighting, furniture and architectural models are pieces by Ettore Sottsass, Ugo La Pietra and Lapo Binazzi. Expect plenty of wit in these high-concept experiments with form and function. Find out more from the MFA Houston’s website.

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"San Picasso" chair (1978), Ugo Marano.

‘San Picasso’ chair (1978), Ugo Marano. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo: Kent Pell

"UP7" chair (1969), Gaetano Pesce.

‘UP7’ chair (designed 1969; made 1969–73), Gaetano Pesce, manufactured by C&B Italia. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo: Kent Pell; © Gaetano Pesce

"Capodanno" table lamp from the bau. haus Collection (1979), Ettore Sottsass.

‘Capodanno’ table lamp from the bau. haus collection (1979), Ettore Sottsass. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo: Kent Pell; © Ettore Sottsass/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Panel (c. 1969), Archizoom Associati.

Panel (c. 1969), Archizoom Associati. Photo: Kent Pell