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5 museums exhibiting greatness

Smart is always stylish, so we selected captivating exhibits from around the globe.

The summer months are filled with travel and exploration. As you roam, take a moment to be inspired by these exhibits at the world’s top cultural institutions.

Photo: Installation view, courtesy of The Victoria & Albert Museum

‘The Future Starts Here’ examines the function of smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, bringing together more than 100 objects as a landscape of possibilities for the near future, through 4 November. The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Photo: Linda Evangelista and Azzedine Alaia, 1990 Courtesy of Sante D’Orazio

 ‘Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier’, was conceived and co-curated with the late Monsieur Alaïa. Designed to examine the intricacies and genius of his work, it’s not to be missed, through October 2018. Design Museum London


Photo: Gianluca Di Ioia

 ‘Stories. Italian Design’ tells the complicated and rich story of Italian design using 180 works selected to represent the best of Italian design from 1902 to 1998, through 20 January 2019. Triennale Design Museum, La Triennale Milano


Photo: Ewer with lit, Adam van Vianen, 1614, Rijksmuseum. Bought with the support of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Rembrandt Association and the Stichting tot Bevordering van de Belangen van het Rijksmuseum

‘KWAB: Dutch Design in the Age of Rembrandt’ brings together more than 100 works from the ‘Golden Age’ of Dutch design. Using depictions of sea creatures, monsters and dream-like oddities, silverware, furniture and picture frames are shown in the auricular style, which adorned the chicest interiors of the 17th-century elite. 30 June – September 2018. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


Photo: Chloé Rutzerveld, Edible Growth, 2014, © Chloé Rutzerveld, Foto: Bart van Overbeeke

‘Food Revolution 5.0, Design for Tomorrow’s Society’, asks questions about consumption, production and the creation of the contemporary palette. Over 30 designers present their latest concepts, ideas, and designs for making dynamic transformations to the food system realities, through 30 September. Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin