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"TAPIO WIRKKALA - eye, hand, thought -"
2001-06-11 until 2001-09-30
Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) is the symbolic figure of Finnish design. He
was an artist of exceptional diversity for whom no material was alien and
who left no area of design unexplored. For Wirkkala, the form of an
object was not just an aesthetic goal or intellectual perception, but the
outcome of a dialogue between hand, eye and material.
Wirkkala himself all materials have their own unwritten laws. The
designer should never be violent with a material he is working on, and he
should aim at being in harmony with his material. Wirkkala said.
Wirkkala's modesty, industry and professional skill overcame all language
and other barriers. Wirkkala's work abroad includes the legendary Venini
glass works in Venice, the Rosenthal factory in Germany and the local
silversmiths of Mexico.
The Eye, hand and thought exhibition presents Wirkkala's production in
all its diversity from visual arts through decorative art objects and
utility products to architectonic totalities.
The exhibition is produced by the Museum of Art and Design of Helsinki and
the Glass Museum of Riihimäki and presented by Design Exchange in
collaboration with the Embassy of Finland in Ottawa.
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