Nieuwsbrief
Art and music in Boijmans
March 2012

Finnish Glass of Cor and Sjoukje de Wit

Collector Cor de Wit has made a selection of circa 60 objects from his extensive collection of Scandinavian glass for the museum.

Tapio Wirkkala - Kantarelli (1946). Photo Rauno Traskelin
Tapio Wirkkala - Kantarelli (1946). Photo Rauno Traskelin

Cor de Wit (1922) has made a selection from the enormous collection of Scandinavian glass acquired by him and his wife Sjoukje (1920-2009) for the showcases in the museum. From the seventies onwards, Cor and Sjoukje de Wit travelled through Scandinavia and collected all sorts of glass by mainly Finnish designers. Often they purchased these objects directly from the designers and factories. The complete collection of around 800 objects contains a diversity in glass work - from design drinking glasses, vases and dishes to free works of art with glass.

De Wit has recorded his extensive knowledge of architecture and design in various pamphlets that he has published himself. He also wrote such a pamphlet about glass entitled The Finnish Golden Years. For the exhibition, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has produced a video, which shows Cor de Wit at home surrounded by his own collection. This documentary can be seen very soon on the museum’s video channe arttube.boijmans.nl.

The exhibition 'Finnish Glass of Cor and Sjoukje de Wit' can be seen from 10 March in the museum.

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