Welcome to the opening reception
in the presence of the artists,
Thursday, May 10, 5-7 pm.
The Oiva Toikka (b. 1931) exhibition opening at Galerie Forsblom, This Time, starts the Galerie’s series of design exhibitions in honour of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.
Oiva Toikka, one of the biggest names in Finnish glass, brings unique glass art from Murano, in Venice, Iittala and Nuutäjärvi to the show.
This much anticipated show consists of new, bold works, whose forms come from the artist’s imagination, from sincere curiosity towards the environment, or on the other hand, from the forms of nature. Strong colours, the unconventional use of glass and playfulness are characteristic of the new works. For the exhibition titled This Time, Toikka wanted to increase the size of the works and to play with their scale. Fragile but strong forms, decorativeness and simplicity alternate with each other in these colourful works. Toikka was inspired by techniques of shaping glass and its limitations, in his own words, in an “absurd” manner. He is capricious with the forms and seeks to capture sketches of forms. The works make one smile and speak to the viewer – they overflow with curiosity and sincerity.