Kyösti Kakkonen has purchased Gunnel Nyman’s and Timo Sarpaneva’s glass art collection from German collectors back to Finland

Collection Kakkonen came into possession of Ursula and Rainer Losch’s extensive collection of glass art with a purchase carried out in the beginning of August. The collection is one of the most significant collections of Finnish glass art owned by foreign collectors. The collection includes prototypes and various outstanding pieces of Finnish design by both designers, rarely found in private collections.

The acquisition makes Collection Kakkonen one of the most significant collections of glass art and ceramics internationally. Some works of the collection are currently on display at the Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki, the Arabia Museum in Helsinki and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Next autumn, on the 30th of October 2016, Tapio Wirkkala’s exhibition will be opened in the museum of the Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio in La Granja, Spain. From there the exhibition will travel to various museums around Europe, including those of Leipzig and Prague during the next three years. Furhermore, Collection Kakkonen is presenting Kyllikki Salmenhaara’s works in collaboration with the Design Museum. Salmenhaara’s works from different periods will be on display in a winter exhibition opening on the 28th of November in Fiskars.

The acquisition of the collection is a significant investment in Finnish design. Kakkonen states that the reason for the investment is his desire to keep the outstanding works of Finnish design in their home country.

Further information:
Kyösti Kakkonen 050 65222, kyosti.kakkonen(at)
Juhani Kukkonen chief curator 0400 252415, juhani.kukkonen(at)