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Glass from Finland in the Bischofberger Collection
von Kaisa Koivisto
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Over 300 works from the Bischofberger Collection celebrate the fascination and brilliance of glass art and document the excellence of Finnish and international design through masterpieces by leading 20th-century Finnish designers: Aino and Alvar Aalto, Arttu Brummer, Kaj Franck, Göran Hongell, Gunnel Nyman, Timo Sarpaneva, Oiva Toikka and Tapio Wirkkala. Very rare objects, often one-off pieces, which Christina and Bruno Bischofberger have passionately and discerningly collected over the last forty years. The unique nature of these objects highlights the original intentions of each artist or designer and makes this collection of Finnish glass one of the most important worldwide. Published on the occasion of the exhibition in Venice and edited by Kaisa Koivisto, chief curator at the Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki, Finland, and Pekka Korvenmaa, professor at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, the volume presents the greatest examples of a century-long glass production, with all its declinations and variations: shapes and objects that have rewritten the history of both Scandinavian and international design. Abundantly documenting the various historical periods, the works selected are laid out in an elegant itinerary that ranges from crystal items with the typical hues of the early 1930s up to the more colourful, at times even "psychedelic," creations of the 1970s in a celebration of timeless designs of the very highest standard. Exhibition: Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy (13.04-02.08.2015).
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