Glass from Finland

International conference

During the exhibition “Glass from Finland in the Bischofberger Collection“, curated by Kaisa Koivisto and Pekka Korvenmaa (13 April — 2 August 2015) and organised by LE STANZE DEL VETRO on the Island of San Giorgio, the Institute of Art History’s Glass Study Centre will hold an international conference devoted to Finnish glass and its influence on the international scene.

The conference is intended to be a scholarly complement to the exhibition and will cast light on the development of Finnish design from the early 1930s to the 1970s. Major experts will contribute by exploring various aspects of the subject, including the history of Finnish design and its influence on glass worldwide. In the period in question, along with renowned designers – such as the husband and wife Aino and Alvar Aalto, other rising stars of Scandinavian design came to the fore, including Arttu Brummer, Gunnel Nyman and Göran Hongell. This was also a time when significant collaborations were established between Italian companies and Finnish artists, as in the highly successful case of the Venini Glassworks, Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva.

  • Oiva Toikka. Kastehelmi (Dewdrop). Plate, c. 1964. Nuutajärvi. Bischofberger Collection, Switzerland. Photo: Rauno Träskelin