Aesthete Extraordinaire / Birger Kaipiainen's Ceramic Fantasies Exhibition
EMMA - ESPOO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
THE WEEGEE EXHIBITION CENTRE, AHERTAJANTIE 5, TAPIOLA, FINLAND
"This summer, EMMA offers a major showing of the works of Finnish ceramic
artist Birger Kaipiainen (1915–1988) that is bound to question categories and
raise eyebrows. During his half-century long career at the Arabia factory,
he enjoyed a freedom to fulfil his creative visions untrammelled
by the demands of industrial production.
Birger Kaipiainen went his own way. Although his unique, mysterious fantasies
delighted contemporaries, they also estranged the advocates of modern design.
Art circles wondered at his unrestrained decorativeness.
This aesthete extraordinaire in his own time appears in another light today:
a singular visualiser and bold visionary who created his own fantasy world in
Birger Kaipiainen (1915-1988)
Photo Otso Pietinen