9 January 2019
Birger Kaipiainen - Master of Ceramic Art
Ceramic works by Birger Kaipiainen from five decades.
born 1 July 1915 in Pori, Finland
died 18 July 1988 in Helsinki, Finland
Kaipiainen studied at Fine Arts Academy in Helsinki from 1933-1937. He worked for Arabia 1937-1954 and 1958-1988. He worked for Rörstrand in Sweden 1954-1958 and spent the winter of 1949 as a visiting artist with Richard Ginori in Italy. He received the title of Professor in 1977.
Birger Kaipiainen won many international prizes as well as national awards:
1938 Kordelinin Säätiön Stipendi
1951 Diplome d'Honneur, Milan
1959 Ruotsin kulttuurirahaston apuraha
1960 Grand Prix, Milan
1961 Gold Plaquette Gualdo Tadino, Italy
1963 Pro Finlandia
1967 Grand Prix Expo 67, Montreal
1970 Helsingin kaupungin taidepalkinto
1972 Illum Prize
1982 Prins Eugen Medal
Birger Kaipiainen had many solo exhibitions in Sweden, France, the United States etc. in Amsterdam, Faenza, Hampurg, Kioto, Copenhagen, London, Milan, New York, Paris, Sydney, Tokio, Stockholm, Zurich etc. His Works have also been shown in nearly 100 joint exhibitions throughout the World.
"As an artist, he was greater than has often been recognised in Finland. He was one of the best of Finland's painters and sculptors but, as ceramic art is not considered the equal of other visual arts, he received less recognition that he deserved. He was a brilliant and individualistic artist who didn't borrow from others or follow fashionable trends."
"I admire the way Birger Kaipiainen worked. Although he was a creative artist, his work had a constant assurance and was always first-rate. He had an infallible eye for colour and the skill to exploit the qualities of ceramics."
"Birger Kaipiainen didn't title his work. He didn't brag. Sometimes I could see that some work did please him. It inspired him to continue in the same style, using the same animal or plant themes. He said that anything new is born out of something old."
Terho Reijonen worked as Birger Kaipiainen's assistant for over 30 years. Timo Sarpaneva was world-renowned for his work in glass. Oiva Toikka is internationally acclaimed for his work in glass and ceramics.
a documentary movie about Birger Kaipiainen directed by Lauri Ikonen in 1977.
Soprano Irma Urrila and Birger Kaipiainen in Stockholm 1968. Memorial exhibition Birger Kaipiainen, Tammisaari museum 1990.
Ceramic chair, Arabia 1960's.
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