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Artist Marrku Piri 01
Time Zones

Time Zones

Fountain Reticello

Fountain Reticello

Archaic

Archaic

Markku Piri

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Education

  • Parsons School of Design, New York, 1973
  • University of Industrial Arts, Helsinki, 1975–1979
  • Stage and costume design for five dance productions by choreographer Jorma Uotinen, e.g. Jojo, Tango and Paljastuksen aakkoset, Finland, 1978–1982

Design collaborations and projects

  • Parsons School of Design, New York, 1973
  • University of Industrial Arts, Helsinki, 1975–1979

Design collaborations and projects

  • Designer, Marimekko (run by Armi Ratia), Helsinki, 1979– 1981
  • Chief designer, China Seas, Inc., New York (run by Inger McCabe Elliott), 1981-1982
  • Markku Piri, Inc., New York, 1983–1991, textile design projects for Marimekko USA, Wamsutta, Calvin Klein, ITC, Imperial
  • Wallcoverings and Finlayson USA Home textiles label with Finlayson Oy, Finland, 1983–1991; licencing with Osaka Nishikawa Co. Ltd., 1985–1991
  • Bath textiles label, licencing with Egeria Gmbh, 1989–1992
  • Men’s shirts and sportswear label with Petritex Oy, Finland, 1984–1993
  • Ceramics giftware collection for Arabia, Finland, 1992
  • Collections of ceramic tiles with Pukkila, Finland, 1991, 1993; jointly with Ricchetti Group, Italy, 2001, 2010, 2013
  • Hand-painted kitchen designs for Puustelli, Finland, 2007–2016
  • Interior textiles for Vallila Interior, Finland, 2009–2011
  • Interior textile collection for Eurokangas, Finland, 2017

Stage design

  • Stage and costume design for five dance productions by choreographer Jorma Uotinen, e.g. Jojo, Tango and Paljastuksen aakkoset, Finland, 1978–1982
  • Stage and costume design for Finnish National Ballet, Maa by Kaija Saariaho and Carolyn Carlson, 1991, guest performances in Rome (1992) and Amsterdam (1993)
  • Costumes and jewellery for Karita Mattila’s recitals, 1999–2003, and total visual design for Fever, Finland, 2007
  • Stage and costume design for Valkeakoski City Theatre, Anna Karenina, Finland, 2002
  • Stage and costume design for Dance Theatre Eri, Finland, 2000–2007
  • Stage and costume design for Finnish Chamber Opera, Vapauden vanki by Markus Nummi and Ilkka Kuusisto, Finland, 2007

Large scale event design and production in Finland

  • Visual designer for the European Athletics Championships, Helsinki, 1994
  • City look designer for the European Culture Capital year, Helsinki, 2000
  • Event and city look designer for the World Athletics Championships, Helsinki, 2005
  • City look designer, 150th anniversary celebration of Jean Sibelius, Hämeenlinna, 2015
  • Annual arts exhibitions, concerts and recitals, and catered events, Old Vicarage mansion and garden owned and restored by the artist, Huittinen, 2001–2012

Art

  • Art glass production with glassmaster Jaakko Liikanen (1998–2010) and Lasismi Co-operative, 2011–, Riihimäki, Finland, and with Murano masters Pino Signoretto, Simone Cenedese, Matteo Tagliapietra and Gianni Seguso, Italy, 2016–
  • Serigraphs on paper, 1984–
  • Gouache paintings on paper, 1984–
  • Acrylic paintings on MDF board, 2013–

Several solo exhibitions in Finland and abroad, including:

  • Galleria Bronda, Helsinki, 1983, 1994
  • Galleria 25, Helsinki, 1989
  • Galleria Kaj Forsblom, Helsinki, 1991
  • Galleria Nevada, Karkku, Huittinen, annually 1997–2005
  • Solo exhibition tour The Spirit of Paradise, Madrid-Barcelona-Lisbon-Berlin-Washington DC, 2011–2012

Invited solo exhibitions at museums

  • German Textile Museum, Krefeld, 1991
  • Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum, Turku, Finland, 1992
  • Finnish Craft Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland, 1999
  • Tampere Art Museum, TR-1, Finland, 2009
  • Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Finland, 2013–2014
  • Solo exhibition tour, Florence-Rome-Venice, Italy, 2017–2018

Awards

  • Finnish State Award for design, 1986
  • Arts Council of Finland, 3-year Artist Grant, 1991
  • Culture Award of the province of Satakunta, 2004
  • Good Manners Ambassador, Finnish Society of Manners, 2005

Journalism

  • Published articles on cultural politics, design, architecture and travel (in Finnish), 1978–2012