September 2nd, 2007

September-October 2007

For a quarter of a century, Cersaie has claimed the top spot as the premier International Exhibition of Ceramic Tiles and Bathroom Furnishings. With over 1,000 exhibitors hailing from 32 countries and a 156,000 square meter show floor, the 5-day trade fair, held this year from October 2-6, 2007, has distinguished itself as a springboard for innovation, cutting-edge products, modern designs and foremost trends. To celebrate Cersaie’s 25-year anniversary, show organizers Edi.Cer in conjuction with Confindustria Ceramica and BolognaFiere have planned an enriching program of events dedicated to industry, art and culture.

The 2007 spotlight will be on “Creativitiles,” a special exhibition that explores the versatility and multifaceted capability of Italian ceramic tile. Curated by Professor Enrico Manelli, Director of the Accademia di Belle Arti of Ravenna, the one-of-a-kind exhibit will feature 16 famous paintings that have been recreated using Italian tile collections already available on the market. Covering close to 600 square meters of space, these original artistic creations, which combine scenographic and trompe-l’oeil techniques, will include:

  • “The Kiss” by Francesco Hayez
  • “Il Pergolato” by Silvestro Lega
  • “Portrait of Fritza Riedler” by Gustav Klimt
  • “Die Empfindung” by Ferdinand Hodler
  • “Venus of Urbino” (detail) by Titian
  • “Jeanne Hebuterne” by Amedeo Modigliani
  • “Fumee” by Georges Barbier
  • “Still life of a melon and a vase of flowers” by Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt
  • “Soldier of the first division” by Kazimir Malevič
  • “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh

The informative 2007 general conference program will offer a broad range of events including technical seminars organized by Centro Ceramico Bologna, the economic conference sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica and the CTI International Press Conference organized by Ceramic Tiles of Italy in cooperation with the Italian Trade Commission ICE.

Continuing a tradition that began in 2000, an internationally acclaimed architect or interior designer is annually commissioned to design the show’s poster. Toyo Ito, who is considered to be one of the world’s most innovative and influential architects, created this year’s image. His works, which include both public and private spaces, are inspired by early modernist movements, minimalism and nature. Ito is the eighth international architect who designed the poster of the exhibition after Antonio Citterio (Cersaie 2006), David Palterer (2005), Hani Rashid (2004), Denis Santachiara (2003), Massimo Iosa Ghini (2002), Alessandro Mendini (2001) and Ettore Sottsass (2000).

Cersaie will therefore be a key appointment for all industry professionals—whether distributors, architects, building companies, interior designers, installers or students—as Bologna becomes the heart of the ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings world for five fulfilling days in October.

For additional information, visit Cersaie’s official website:


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