Press conference: Tapio Wirkkala. Poetry in Glass, Porcelain and Silver
12.10.2017 11:00
On 12 October 2017 at 11.00 Museum of Decorative Art and Design invites media to Press conference in the exhibition of works of the outstanding Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala “Poetry in Glass, Porcelain and Silver”, which will be on view at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga (10/20 Skārņu Street) from 13 October to 5 December 2017. Registration: 10.30–11.00

Tapio Wirkkala is one of the most important and versatile Finnish designers and architects. In his works he has always striven to demonstrate the beauty and distinct uniqueness of his native land. In Finland he is considered synonymous with Finnish modern design and counted among the key figures of modern design in the field of industrial design. The artist’s oeuvre is very broad – ranging from plastic ketchup bottles and metal art to glass and porcelain objects as well as furniture designed from plywood. Since the 1950s, the artist also worked in the field of sculpture, creating various innovative abstract objects from plywood. Tapio Wirkkala also is the author of the 1955 series of banknotes of the Finnish markka.


The artist’s creativity found expression in different fields – both creating works for exhibitions and taking industrial design commissions. He took part and earned recognition in countless international exhibitions, including the prominent Milan Triennials.


The exposition at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design focuses on the master’s outstanding achievements in glass art, porcelain and silver. The visitors will see around 500 objects designed by Tapio Wirkkala, created over the 1940s–80s for manufacturers Iittala (glass) and Kultakeskus Oy (silver) in Finland as well as the Rosenthal factory (porcelain and glass) in Germany.



Latvian National Museum of Art, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design,

Embassy of the Republic of Finland in Latvia, Finnish Glass Museum (Riihimäki),

the private collection of Kyösti Kakkonen, Tapio Wirkkala Foundation



Uta Laurén, Chief Curator of the Finnish Glass Museum (Riihimäki)



Velta Raudzepa, Collection Manager of the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design /

Latvian National Museum of Art (Riga)


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