Cersaie 2022: encounters and new developments at the 39th edition
Open to Evolution is the title of the 39th edition of Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramics for Architecture and Bathroom Furnishings, opening today in the halls of Bolognafiere and continuing until 30 September 2022. Five days focusing on the world of ceramics, to keep up to date on the latest new developments in surfaces and trends in the ceramics industry, with the participation of 624 exhibitors from 26 different countries. The 2021 edition of the event attracted over 62 thousand visitors. The exhibition in the halls of the trade fair is flanked by a packed programme of events, including meetings and lectures as well as professional development and educational events for architects, surveyors and engineers.
Prominent international guests will appear at the events of “Costruire, abitare, pensare” (“Building, dwelling, thinking”).
On 27 September “La sostenibile bellezza del recupero” (The sustainable beauty of restoration) moderated by Fulvio Irace will feature architects Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo and Giovanni Cappelletti looking at two different architectural projects in Sicily involving restoration of buildings. One of them is a public building, a former nursery school, restored for use as a private residence (Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo’s Casa Asilo), while the other is the opposite: a sumptuous private villa which acquires a public use, becoming a workshop open to local artisans (Palazzo Butera by Giovanni Cappelletti).
The theme of peace is the focus of a conference entitled “Costruendo la pace" (“Building peace”), featuring architect Mario Botta, with the participation of Fulvio Irace, coming up at 3 pm on 28 September in the Palazzo dei Congressi at BolognaFiere. The Swiss architect will present his plans for a Greek Catholic church to be opened by the Sons of Divine Providence (Congregation of Don Orione) in Lviv, Ukraine: a story he describes as one of "resilience and courage", because the construction of the church continued throughout the bombing.
Two events are scheduled for 29 September: at 11 am, the cultural programme "costruire, abitare, pensare" hosts architects Michaela Wolf and Gerd Bergmeister, founders of Bergmeisterwolf in Bressanone and Rosenheim, the winners of the 2019 Italian Architect Award promoted by the National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservationists (CNAPPC); while German architect Manuel Herz will hold a conference in the afternoon.
One of the new features of the 39th edition of the event is Cersaie Upstairs, a pedestrian pathway raised to the level of the first floor of the buildings, joining the historic pavilions of Bolognafiere with the newly built ones.
Images courtesy of Cersaie: (01) logo Cersaie, (02,05) Cersaie 2022, (04, 06-09, 13-15) Cersaie 2021
Images courtesy of Iris Ceramica Group: (03, 10-12) Stand Iris Ceramica Group Cersaie 2021