Overlooking Piazza Maggiore, right next to the famous Neptune fountain, the Salaborsa of Bologna hosted the third edition of Quinquennial Tile Award of Fincibec Group. In keeping with the tradition, this symbolic setting hosts the most important and comprehensive international event dedicated to the award for the best creative use of ceramic materials in architecture. An exciting evening for the 450 guests who had the opportunity to attend the award ceremony under the vaults of the Auditorium Enzo Biagi and enjoy the entertaining show held in the impressive, marvellously lighted, covered square. Salaborsa is a historical place that can be acknowledged by every visitor just looking at archaeological excavations visible beneath the glass floor. A place able to reinvent itself and open to more and different events, while preserving its role of vital center of the city of Bologna. A versatile and dynamic space, just like the ceramic material that Fincibec has been offering to the market for over 50 years, and that will also be the star of the fourth edition of Quinquennial Tile Award. Actually, the new edition of the award has already begun, and candidates can submit their application by March 31st, 2016 directly on the website www.tileaward.it. While waiting for the new winners, the pictures and videos on this page tell the story of the evening dedicated to the winners of the third edition. Photos and videogallery
The Fincibec Group funded a major restoration of the decorations of Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, one of the most important symbols of the city of Bologna, and of its “Alma Mater Studiorum”, the oldest university in Europe.
The monument, built in the second half of the sixteenth century, needed specific restoration interventions to stop the gradual degradation of the XXII arch frescoes of the upper arcade. In particular, the intervention, performed by Daniela De Angelis under the supervision of the Superintendence of Artistic and Historical Heritage, applied different methodologies depending on the materials and ancient techniques of manufacture, repairing the discoloration of pigments and the loss of colour that had occurred.
The restored decorations are those relating to the commemorative inscription of year 1600 dedicated to Giovanni Paolo Bonfioli, University of Bologna Professor in Law from 1598 to 1601, and to the above panel with depictions of the Virgin adoring the Child. What also underwent restoration was the coat of arms of the first “American” student in Bologna, Diego de Leon Garavito, Spanish native of Lima in Peru, for which the University established, at the end of the 16th century, the definition of “Natio Indiarum”, indicating the grouping of students coming from the new world.
The works funded by Fincibec have finally concerned the six pillars of the north side that had severe discoloration caused by the clumsy restoration works carried out in previous eras.
Under the “Time to win” motto, the Fincibec Group celebrated the winners of the second edition of the award designed to investigate the creative use of ceramics in architecture. With a magical evening event, a show of lights, sounds, colours, flavours, art and dance expertly blended in the charming scenario of the Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio of Bologna, Fincibec welcomed and entertained a large audience of guests from all over the world, in Italy for the concurrent opening of the Cersaie.
The creators of the five winning projects of the second edition of the Quinquennial Tile Award were officially awarded and presented to the audience on a stage specially set up in the hall called Stabat Mater. A place featuring an inimitable atmosphere characterised by the history that pervades it, that of the oldest university in Europe. Guests were also given the opportunity to go on a guided tour of the 17th-century Anatomical Theatre.
The location was not chosen at random because Fincibec recently funded the restoration part of the decorations of the Palace, in particular, of the XXII arch frescoes of the upper arcade. These works represent the possibility for future generations to fully benefit of the beauty of this masterpiece of art and architecture.
The Awards evening event of the second Quinquennial Tile Award and the launch of the third edition of the Awards are also narrated through the photo gallery and videos on this page
At the start, the second edition of the award. To participate you have time from 28 October 2010 to 10 March 2012.
The realization of the sixth and seventh digital decoration lines in its factories, the Fincibec Group ranks at the top among the ceramic companies equipped with these latest generation industrial plants. The productive capacity by the Group, as far as the digital technology is concerned, now exceeds 4,000,000 m²/year.
All Fincibec Group factories are nowadays equipped with “Digital Jet Systems” for decoration without contact and all collections produced by the Group through these systems will be easily identified by the logo DJS.