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The Top Happenings in the Design World, February 19–25, 2020

An exhibition depicting the radical effects of urbanization on the countryside, modular seating on display, and works that play with materials, shapes, and colors.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Panza Collection, 1991

Pino Pinelli: Frammentità A Arte Invernizzi, Via D. Scarlatti 12, Milan, Italy

This week marks not only the beginning of Milan Fashion Week, but also the opening of a solo exhibition by Italian artist Pino Pinelli at the A Arte Invernizzi Gallery. Pinelli’s exhibition was created especially for the gallery’s space and will feature works such as The “Pitture” [“Paints”] and others that illustrate the artist’s desire to experiment with materials, shapes, and colors. (February 20–May 6; times and prices vary)

Making Connections: Harvey Probber Furniture, 1945 – 1985 NYSID Gallery, 170 E 70th St., New York

Explore furniture, sketches, renderings, photographs, and more from the late self-taught designer and manufacturer Harvey Probber, who is most famous for conceiving the first modular seating designs. This exhibition will showcase several of his best-known pieces, and also provide a glimpse into his parallel profession as a cabaret singer and amateur cartoonist. (February 20–April 26; times vary, free)

Countryside, The Future Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave., New York

The Guggenheim’s newest collaborative exhibition, undertaken with architect Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, reveals the radical effects of urbanization on the world’s countryside and wilderness as rural areas become increasingly reliant on technology. From artificial intelligence in farming to political radicalism, Countryside, the Future explores advances in agriculture just as it breaks down the social politics that are altering the natural world as we know it. (February 20–August 14; times and prices vary)

The Design Datebook is GRAY’s weekly list of must-attend design and cultural events around the globe.

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