Tapio Wirkkala for Venini, Plate and cups in the Coreani series, c. 1966.
Toni Zuccheri for Venini, Vases in the Scolpiti series, 1967
Tapio Wirkkala and Toni Zuccheri at Venini is the double autumn exhibition at Le Stanze del Vetro, curated by Marino Barovier and dedicated to the production of two artist-designers who were active at Venini from the 1960s onwards.
With strong personalities, each contributed to characterising the production of the glassworks, which, in those years of great transformation, was able not only to propose new models without renouncing the use of colour, but also to respond to the new needs of simplicity arising from the world of design.
The first aspect was developed in particular in the work of Toni Zuccheri. He produced an extraordinary series of birds and farmyard animals, as well as vases, with vivid colours and naturalistic lines inspired by the plant world. From 1966, the furnace could also count on the collaboration of the Finnish artist Tapio Wirkkala. Thanks to his experience in the world of Nordic glass at the Iittala factory, he brought a fresh approach to the lagoon as he combined his native culture with Murano workmanship, achieving significant results.