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Exhibition design by industrial designer Harri Koskinen
Professor Oiva Toikka (1931-2019) is one of the leading names in Finnish glass design whose imaginative, rich and bold glass art stands out from the mainstream of Nordic design. Toikka combines inexhaustible imagination with his thorough knowledge of the properties of his material.
This exhibition at the Finnish Glass Museum leads viewers to Oiva Toikka’s surprising and colourful world of fantasy. The exhibits include unique art objects, many of them from private collections and on display to the public for the first time.
Having originally graduated in 1956 as a ceramicist from the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki, Toikka worked as a designer for the Arabia factory until 1959. He began his work as a permanently employed designer at the Nuutajärvi glassworks in 1963. Since then, he has worked in glass, designing popular collections of glass products and unique, one-off works. His wide-ranging artistic activities include set and costume design and spatial works of various kinds.
Oiva Toikka is known for the Birds series, which he has designed for the Iittala glassworks. The handcrafted and unique glass birds are sought-after collectibles around the world. Toikka’s Annual Cubes are also desired by collectors. They are a perfect example of expertise in colour at the Nuutajärvi and Iittala glassworks and the skills of their glassblowers.
The Christian Jentsch Collection
This exhibition features 110 wine glasses and goblets from a period of four centuries, the jewels of the collection of Christian Jentsch of Lübeck.
The evolution of wine glasses is presented from simple forest glass goblets to creations of Venetian glass and mass-produced wine glasses by renowned designers. Glasses for beverages were still costly luxury items in the 19th century. They were mostly made as ordered one-off pieces or in small editions. Their use spread along with technological progress, permitting the manufacturing of simpler glassware to a larger scale. The distribution channels of glassworks also developed at this time.
In association with:
LWL-Industriemuseum/ Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Industriekultur/ Glashütte Gernheim, Germany
An exhibition by students of glass design at the Häme University of Applied Scienses displaying works in art and design created with various techniques.
This exhibition of glass is an exhortation to aim for one's dreams. At first there is only a fuzzy idea of the future, like students have at the beginning of their studies. The leap into the unknown is worth taking. The exhibition is a bold demonstration of competence glass design and at the same time a tour de force by young designers, the promise of the future.
A new group of best glass engravers from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Estonia, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Austria, Romania, Belgium and the Czech Republic will be showing their work at the Finnish Glass Museum at Riihimäki.
These artists represent the diversity of contemporary European glass engraving in both artistic and technical terms, ranging from the best of traditional engraving to cutting edge experimental pieces, extending the boundaries of what we mean by ‘glass engraving’. Contemporary glass engraving is very much a living, dynamic activity.
The exhibition Light Years explores the thematic of the everyday and the passage of time. Observations rise from the interaction between the untamed nature and the human constructed environments, which overlay with the narratives of the past, the present and the future. Individual experiences are refined into mundane poetics that melts together the coexistence of the ethereal and the corporeal. In the works of the Light Years the painterly approach allows the light to travel through the material, bringing out the depths and the concrete yet elusive qualities of the glass.
Henriikka Pöllänen (born in 1985) is an artist and a designer who specializes in glass painting and by orienting in its history and tradition through a contemporary practice has made it her own. Her works have been exhibited internationally at the Venice Glass Week in Italy, the European Glass Context 2016, and at the Glass museum of Ebeltoft in Denmark among other places.