Brick by Brick: Ceramics Applied to Architecture, which will open at the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona (Barcelona Design Museum) from 16 September 2016 to 29 January 2017, is the first exhibition to be devoted to the uses, functions, symbolism and aesthetics of ceramic as applied to architecture. The show spans more than twelve thousand years of both tradition and innovation, from the ancient world to innovative projects in the present, focusing particularly on the Mediterranean area, including the Middle East.
Curated by the architect Pedro Azara, Brick by Brick explores the uses and continuing application of clay, especially in bricks and tiles, essential building materials for millennia. Moreover, the show also highlights the symbolic, protective and aesthetic values of this material throughout history, up to the interpretations of contemporary artists like Picasso, Miró, Chillida and Barceló.
Brick by Brick. Ceramics Applied to Architecture will feature a selection of more than three hundred ceramic works from around sixty collections, with the loaners including such European museums as the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Museo Nazionale Romano in Rome, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin. The ceramic collection of the Museu del Disseny itself will also play a leading role, contributing some sixty works, from the tenth century to the present.
In staging this show, the Museu del Disseny seeks to underline the importance, continuing use and different types of ceramic found in architecture, noting both enduring traditions and outstanding innovations. To this end, the Museum will also present a programme of activities and lectures, organised in cooperation with the Ceramics Chair of the International University of Catalonia, to explore the latest international innovations in both materials and technology in the application of ceramic in architecture.
The opening of the exhibition will also coincide with the celebration of the Forty-Seventh Congress of the International Academy of Ceramics, which is devoted this year, precisely, to ceramic applied in architecture and the public space. On behalf of the city of Barcelona, the Museu del Disseny is co-organising and hosting this congress.
The press conference to present the exhibition Brick by Brick. Ceramics Applied to Architecture will take place at the Museu del Disseny at 12.30 pm on September 15.