081110: WAGNER:WERK Museum Postsparkasse der BAWAG P.S.K. Fire and ice – Finnish glass design made in Murano

WAGNER:WERK Museum Postsparkasse der BAWAG P.S.K. Fire and ice – Finnish glass design made in Murano 05.10.2010 – 13.11.2010 Northern lights in the lagoon Venetian glass could have done with some Nordic clarity, back then, in the fifties. Fascism had been mildly ousted and Gio Ponti and Carlo Scarpa introduced contemporary design to the glass industry. Murano was ready for a brush-up: in the form of Northern European design. Years of successful fair and world exhibition participation had stimulated Finnish designers and their producers. Awards heightened the entire country’s self-esteem and design attained a standing that up to this day is incomparable to other countries in Central Europe. Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck worked together with Timo Sarpaneva, Tapio Wirkkala, and Harri Koskinen for the Finish glass foundry iittala. They could be described as the fertile Northern European exports to Murano. Since 1959, following his successful exhibition designs, Wirkkala was a guest designer for Venini, and Sarpaneva designed the iittala-logo that is still in use today. Paolo Venini founded the same-named glass foundry in 1921 and from the very first day the foundry cooperated with top designers. The “Finns at Venini” (the original title of the exhibition of 100 works taken over be the Finnish glass museum), hired by Venini’s son in law Ludovico Diaz, enjoyed the Italian’s relaxed handling of colour, and in turn, the Italians enjoyed the Finn’s clear and modest forms. Two-coloured “Incalmo”, delicate glass and sculptural objects with gold inlays and air bubbles are presented at the exhibition in glass cases designed by Wirkkala in the early eighties - virtually floating and illuminated from below. Glass as glass – Paolo Venini would love it. By Iris Meder WAGNER:WERK Museum Postsparkasse der BAWAG P.S.K. 1018 Vienna, Georg-Coch-Square 2 http://www.ottowagner.com Opening hours: Mon – Wed, Fri 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thu 8 a.m. – 5.30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WAGNER:WERK Museum Postsparkasse der BAWAG P.S.K.
1018 Wien, Georg-Coch-PLatz 2
Email: m.pasterk@signa.at
Öffnungszeiten: Mo-Mi, Fr 8-15, Do 8-17:30, Sa 10-17 Uhr

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