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The days might still be long and the weather still grim, but there’s plenty to see and do to brighten your days both now and in the weeks and months to come. Here’s our selection of the current and forthcoming exhibitions and events that are not to be missed…

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Color study for Homage to the Square © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Artists Rights Society, New York

Josef Albers: Sunny Side Up
13 January - 10 March
David Zwirner, London

David Zwirner offers an unapologetically bright start to 2017 with their current exhibition of Josef Albers’ abstract explorations in yellow. Sunny Side Up brings together an extensive collection of Albers’ iconic Homage to the Square paintings, tracing the artist’s experimentation with tonal and perceptual effects using a palette restricted to the yellow side of the spectrum. As well as finished works, the exhibition displays a selection of rarely-exhibited colour studies on paper, shedding light on Albers’ process and experimentation. A mood-lifter.

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First concrete music panorama, Bruno Pfäffli/Atelier Frutiger Paris, 1962 © Zurich University of Arts / Museum of Design Zurich / Graphic Collection

Les Suisses de Paris
Until 19 March
Museum Für Gestaltung, Zürich

Fans of Swiss typography and design won’t want to miss the current exhibition at the Museum fur Gestalten in Zürich, Les Suisse de Paris. The show celebrates the work of the large number of Swiss graphic designers and typographers who settled in Paris in the post-war period, after completing their studies in Switzerland. Drawn to the city by the opportunities for work that it offered during the 1950s and 60s, these designers—among them Adrian Frutiger, Bruno Pfäffli, Ruedi Baur and Sonja Knapp—brought the principles of the International Style with them, reinvigorating the Parisian design scene through their work with other design teams and companies. The exhibition explores themes including Colour, Traffic and Transport, Logos and Symbols and Education, and was prompted in part by the Museum fur Gestalten’s acquisition of the complete works of typographer Adrian Frutiger. It’s a treasure trove of Modernist graphic design.

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Adventures in Moominland
Until 23 April
Southbank Centre, London

The widespread obsession with Scandinavian culture shows no signs of abating as yet, as the Southbank Centre’s current interactive exhibition demonstrates. Adventures in Moominland presents a series of seven immersive ‘worlds’ for visitors to explore, which shed light on Moomins creator Tove Jansson’s inspirations and influences and use archival objects and artworks to bring Moominland to life. The exhibition also offers an exploration of the backdrop of political and socio-economic change in Finland against which Jansson created her charming illustrations and stories.

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Josef Frank, Hawai © Svenskt Tenn

Josef Frank: Patterns–Furniture–Painting
28 January - 7 May
Fashion and Textile Museum, London

Continuing the Scandinavian theme, this exhibition opening at the end of the month is the first in the UK to focus on the work of artist and designer Josef Frank. Originally from Austria, where he trained and worked as an architect and designer, Frank moved to Sweden in 1933 and began working with Swedish designer Astrid Ericson on an enormous range of furniture, textile, glassware and interior designs, in a working partnership that would come to define the Swedish Modern style. Frank’s perhaps best known for his gorgeous, vibrant botanical textile designs (indeed, if you’ve ever visited IKEA’s textile department you’ll be familiar with his influence)  but the exhibition also explores his furniture and interior design work, and displays a selection of his watercolours, offering a glimpse at a side of his practice not often seen.

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Eduardo Paolozzi, Wittgenstein in New York (from the series As is When), 1965 (detail) Courtesy Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art: GMA 4366 K © Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

Eduardo Paolozzi
16 February – 14 May 2017
The Whitechapel Gallery, London

Here’s a date that should definitely be in your diary: the Whitechapel Gallery’s major retrospective of the work of Eduardo Paolozzi opens on 16 February. It’s hard to believe this is the first such show of the Scottish ‘godfather of Pop Art’s work in forty years, and with work from sculpture to screen-prints and collages to textile design on display, it should offer an exhaustive look at the diverse facets of his practice.

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OFFSET Dublin
17-19 February
Bord Gáís Energy Theatre, Dublin

The latest outing of OFFSET is nearly upon us, and with some early bird tickets still available, now’s the time to snap them up if you want to attend. Held in the striking Bord Gáís Energy Theatre building, this year’s conference offers a lineup of speakers from every facet of the creative industry, from graphic design to animation, industrial design and art, including Marion Deuchars, Wolfgang Weingart, Mirko Borsche, Bruno Maag and Jean-Paul Goude. A good excuse for a weekend break in Dublin, if you need one.