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Tapio Wirkkala

Tapio Wirkkala

A Poet in Glass and Silver

By (author) Jack Dawson
Edited by GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts Leipzig and the Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki


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  • The first comprehensive catalogue on Tapio Wirkkala in 15 years
  • 570 illustrations allow a truly remarkable insight into Wirkkala's work
  • Author Jack Dawson is a specialist in Scandinavian glass design
  • Accompanies the Tapio Wirkkala exhibition at the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts Leipzig (DE), June 2nd - October 3rd, 2016
Full Description

In this lavishly illustrated publication Tapio Wirkkala’s objects in glass and silver have been given the treatment they so richly merit. In his native Finland the designer is highly esteemed and has influenced many who have come after him. Beautiful pieces are juxtaposed with personal exhibition and workshop photographs, the whole completed with instructive sketches and essays presenting the way Tapio Wirkkala sets to work and how he chooses his materials. The upshot is luminously elegant utilitarian objects and delicate one-off pieces. The designer began to show work as long ago as the documenta III exhibition in 1964. Contents: A Poet in Glass and Silver (Heikki Matiskainen), Iconic Designer and Myth Maker (Jack Dawson), Silver in the Oevre of the Designer (Tuula Poutasuo), The Signature of Iittala Glass Objects (Kaisa Koivisto, Juhani Kukkonen, Sirkka-Liisa Löflund), Art Glass by Tapio Wirkkala (Hannele Viilomaa), Silver designed by Tapio Wirkkala (Kaisa Koivisto), Glass Terminology (Kaisa Koivisto), Curriculum. Text in English and German.

About the Author
Jack Dawson is a specialist in Scandinavian glass. He curated the comprehensive show of post-war Finnish glass as well as the exhibition Innovation and Diversity: 75 Years of Swedish Art Glass and is the author of the catalogues of both exhibitions. He also lectures on Scandinavian glass worldwide.
Arnoldsche Art Publishers
22nd Jun 2016
UK, US, Eastern Europe, France, Benelux, Japan, South Korea, Africa, South America & Ireland exclusive. South Africa, N&M East non-exclusive
277 mm x 217 mm
400 Pages
500 color, 70 b&w
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