Cement Carpets, The World of Hydraulic Tiles is the exhibition at Edificio Miramar in Sitges till May 31st, 2015. We wrote several posts on azulejos and tiles in Sitges and Barcelona and their importance in the Catalan Art Nouveau or Catalan Modernism.
In this very interesting exhibition you will get educated on the tiles origin, their production methods – explained via some video and pictures – and the various designs and shapes. What is also fascinating about the exhibition is the actual tiles on display tracing the evolution of the design over the decades. Before modernism, during modernism and art deco decade and modern production with the new designs.
A curiosity and, for many, a mystery that the exhibition solves is the why these tiles are called and known as hydraulic tiles. They are created from moulded and pressed hydraulic cement and as such, the word hydraulic does not come from the hydraulic presses used to create them, but rather from the hardening effect of the cement in contact with water.
Hydraulic tiles are currently experiencing a renaissance as they are more and more used by interior designers and architects and are (luckily) restored and saved when old buildings from the turn of the century are remodelled. These tiles are also used in the floors of brand new buildings.
If you appreciate art in general and Art Nouveau in particular you don't want to miss this exhibition which is on till May 31st, 2015.
Carrer Davallada, 12
Tel. +34 93 8117629
-Monday, Thursday and Friday:
From 10h to 14h.
-Tuesday and Wednesday:
From 10h to 18h.
From 11h to 14h and from 16h to 19h.
-Sunday and Holidays
From 11h to 15h.
Recommended by Paola, art lover, at https://www.casitasitges.com