Exhibition Brick by Brick: Ceramics Applied to Architecture014 (2016)Design Museum of Barcelona
IN CONSTRUCTION. Ceramics and architecture conceptually departs to the temporary exhibition Brick by Brick: Ceramics Applied to Architecture, which was shown at the Museu del Disseny de Barcelonam 16.09.2016 to 29.01.2017.
Curated by the architect Pedro Azara.
Exhibition Brick by Brick: Ceramics Applied to ArchitectureDesign Museum of Barcelona
Exhibition Brick by Brick: Ceramics Applied to Architecture (2016) by Museu del Disseny de BarcelonaDesign Museum of Barcelona
It is an exhibition devoted to the uses, functions, symbolism and aesthetics of this type of ceramic, to highlight the importance and the continuing use of ceramic in architecture, as well as focusing on both long-standing traditions and innovation in this field over the course of the millennia.
The projected home
Laberint B (2002) by Maria Bofill i FrancíDesign Museum of Barcelona
Monumental architecture was not improvised. Builders, by order of priests or monarchs, produced plans, models and reports which were believed to be inspired by supernatural powers.
Sculpture (1983) by Enric Mestre i EstellésDesign Museum of Barcelona
Of the architecture of ancient cultures, we wouldn’t know what the buildings were like if some objects in tombs, similar to architecture models placed as offerings, hadn’t been preserved: these were miniature buildings.
Ebla (1989) by Madola (Maria Àngels Domingo LaplanaDesign Museum of Barcelona
Today, many ceramicists make works that evoke architectural models or...
Sculpture (1970) by Pere NogueraDesign Museum of Barcelona
...small-scale buildings offering a critical look at both the virtues and limitations of contemporary constructions, or perhaps...
Jug (1954) by Pablo PicassoDesign Museum of Barcelona
... they are more a nostalgic look back at the home we have lost.
The constructed home
Clay, structural material. The constructive elements.
Pavement (15th century) by UnknownDesign Museum of Barcelona
Clay is a basic construction material; it is resistant and adaptable and has been employed by countless Mediterranean cultures since the Neolithic to nowadays.
Roof tile (17th century) by UnknownDesign Museum of Barcelona
Several structural elements of buildings are now based on ceramic.
Water conduit (14th century) by UnknownDesign Museum of Barcelona
From foundations to roofing, all building elements may be made in adobe or terracotta: drains, pipes, channelling...
Socarrat (15th century) by UnknownDesign Museum of Barcelona
...paving, walls and columns, tiles...
Lògica Plana (2010) by Ramon Benedito, Gae BeneditoDesign Museum of Barcelona
...transpirable panels and layers and so on.
The magic of objects, the protective symbols.
Gargoyle-tile (14th century) by UnknownDesign Museum of Barcelona
In ancient times, buildings were living organisms and despite the solidity of the structures, the buildings were at the mercy of spirits, and protection from them could not fall to a mere collection of solid bricks.
Architectonic ornament (circa 1900) by Fàbrica de productes ceràmics Fills de Jaume Pujol i BausisDesign Museum of Barcelona
They had to be armed with charms against the evil eye.
Immaculada Concepció (1744) by UnknownDesign Museum of Barcelona
Resorting to magic was as fundamental as employing the appropriate technique and materials in the construction.
Skull (2006) by Bussoga Ceràmica. Josep Motas; Irina GrosuDesign Museum of Barcelona
Elements such as sculptures, acroteria, elaborate antefixes or gargoyles, which today seem merely decorative once had a magical, protective function.
Mosaic 15 (1988) by Ferran García SevillaDesign Museum of Barcelona
The lived house.
Ceramics serving the well-being. The beauty of enamels.
Rosari (vers 1912) by Rafael Masó i Valentí. La Gabarra Faiances Emporitanes (1911) / productorDesign Museum of Barcelona
Vitrified ceramics brings physical and mental comfort to those who live with them: it attracts the senses and the imagination.
Tile (16th Century) by UnknownDesign Museum of Barcelona
It imbues interiors with sensory qualities that are pleasant to touch and see, and allows us to recreate brilliant worlds that are either visible or invisible, real or imaginary by means of painted or moulded panels that ensure the inhabitants feel a sense of well-being in their new paradise.
Le Baiser de Feu (1954) by Salvador DalíDesign Museum of Barcelona
These smooth, shiny surfaces composed panels that resembled windows framing paradisiacal scenes.
Alicatado (15th century) by UnknownDesign Museum of Barcelona
The geometric motifs and the orthogonal frames ordered the space and religious inscriptions, and heavenly figures protected the interior that became images of Eden.
Plaque (1977) by Joan Miró; Joan Gardy Artigas / ceramistaDesign Museum of Barcelona
In addition, the ambient, light and visual comfort depicted also evoked the lands of our origins or heaven.
In construction. Ceramics and architecture conceptually departs to the temporary exhibition Brick by Brick: Ceramics Applied to Architecture, which was shown at the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona (Design Museum of Barcelona)from 16 September 2016 to 29 January 2017.
Curated by the architect Pedro Azara.