Paolo Venini and His Furnace

Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland2 June 2020 – 31 December 2020

The exhibition features about 100 works in glass and some preparatory designs by Paolo Venini and some of the artists who collaborated with him in the period before and after World War II.

Paolo Venini (1895-1959) founded the V.S.M. Venini & C. glassworks together with Napoleone Martinuzzi and Francesco Zecchin in 1925: he later became Chairman of the company and worked tirelessly as guiding mentor and manager of the firm until his death.

The role of Paolo Venini and his extraordinary personality is at the centre of the exhibition, but, at the same time, it also features the creations of those who collaborated with him episodically between the Thirties and Fifties, called in by Venini or having arrived themselves due to their interest in the quality of his furnace’s work: Tyra Lundgren, Gio Ponti, Piero Fornasetti, Eugène Berman, Ken Scott, Charles Lin Tissot, Riccardo Licata, Massimo Vignelli, Tobia Scarpa, Grete Prytz.


Previously on view at:



Glasmuseum Frauenau, Germany

15 September 2019 – 14 March 2020


Venini & C. 1934-1959.

Le génie verrier à Murano

Vitromusée Romont, Switzerland

9 June – 11 November 2018


Paolo Venini and His Furnace


11 September 2016 – 8 January 2017