The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga will be hosting a travelling exhibition from Finnish Glass Museum until 3 January.
Finnish glass art and design traditions have a long history that is tightly linked to exceptionally gifted designers like Alvar Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala and Kaj Franck. All of them worked closely with the legendary Iittala factory. Their work brought Finland global recognition with exhibitions in Paris, London and Milan.
What is the state of Finnish glass art? How does it live and develop in the 21st century? Answers to these questions will be given in the travelling retrospective exhibition titled ‘Lives of Finnish Glass’ prepared by prestigious Riihimaki Museum.
In addition to the topic of glass design, this museum also documents materials about the 300-year-old Finnish glass industry all the way from the roots to its modern-day state. The idea to promote accomplishments of the country’s glass industry first came up in 1986, when the first retrospective exhibition had taken place. Specialists of the museum believe such projects are very important in keeping traditions alive.
Finland launched its Finnish Glass Art 2005-2010 exhibition in 2012, starting off in Slovenia and Slovakia. In 2013, the exhibition travelled to Germany and France and in 2014 – to Estonia. 65 Finnish artists and 327 of their works participated in the exhibition. Approximately one-third of all pieces of art presented at the exhibition belong to the Finnish museum and private collections. Other works presented at the exhibition belong to their respective authors. Stylish and elegant dishes, sculptures with well-thought out surface, pieces of art full of a great sense of humour and thought-provoking installations – this is the range of the exhibition.
Finnish glass designers continue working with industrial partners – artists provide sketches and designs for projects ordered by Finnish Iittala factory. In addition to the exhibition, visitors will be able to learn the history of that factory, its leading designers and artists, as well as gain an insight in modern-day products. Quality, aesthetics and functionality – those are the values of Iittala held since 1881.