Paolo Venini and His Furnace

Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland

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.


Also on view at:


Paolo Venini. Venedigs Glanz in Glas
Glasmuseum Rheinbach, Rheinbach, Germany
13 September 2021 – 13 March 2022


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
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