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Hippie couture by the designer Helene Robertson (Image: courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

This year, San Francisco will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, when 100,000 people flocked to Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury to celebrate peace, free love and other hippie values. The de Young, which has a stellar collection of psychedelic posters, is organising a sprawling, 350-object exhibition on the countercultural movement (8 April-20 August). “When I arrived at the museum in June, a small show was planned based mainly on our posters,” the museum’s director, Max Hollein, says. “But I thought if we do a Summer of Love show, we should do it right. So we are doing a bigger show about all the visual culture—posters, fashion, photography, light shows, film, performance history.”