STILL / LIFE – Tapio Wirkkala Retrospective | EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

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STILL / LIFE – Tapio Wirkkala Retrospective

17.11.2017 to 22.04.2018


STILL / LIFE – Tapio Wirkkala Retrospective
exhibition opens Aukio, the space for alternating exhibitions, dedicated to Rut Bryk’s and Tapio Wirkkala’s life’s work.

The audience can explore the design entity starting 17 November 2017, when a grand public opening for the venue takes place. You may sign up for the opening, part of the official Finland 100 programme, on EMMA’s website throughout the year at The exhibition runs until 22 April 2018.

The exhibition is based on an exhibition concept composed by designer Harri Koskinen, presenting Tapio Wirkkala’s life and work through the eyes of a colleague and contemporary designer. The majority of the exhibition is from EMMA’s Rut Bryk and Tapio Wirkkala collection. It also includes loans from other museums, producers and private persons. The exhibition has been curated by Harri Koskinen and Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation. The structures and visual look of the exhibition are designed by Harri Koskinen.

There are two parts to the exhibition. LIFE presents Wirkkala’s work and life, working processes, travels and backgrounds behind his creative work. The section covers several of Wirkkala’s important personal items. STILL highlights Wirkkala’s role as a sculptor whose hands shaped materials ranging from glass to plywood. It includes industrial works, unique art objects and prototypes, sketches and archive material. The exhibition covers about four hundred items in total.

STILL / LIFE is the main exhibition of the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation’s 2015-2016 year of celebration. Before EMMA, the exhibition was seen at Rovaniemi Art Museum – Korundi, The Sámi Museum Siida, and Seinäjoki Art Hall.

The 1000 m2 extension Aukio is opened by EMMA for exhibitions focused on the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation collection and archive, as well as contemporary design. The visible storage opens the extensive Rut Bryk and Tapio Wirkkala collection and archive, consisting of over 5000 items, designs, drawings, sketches, prototypes and photographs, to the eyes of the public.

Read more about the collections of Rut Bryk and Tapio Wirkkala.