Future collaborations with the Venice Civic Museums Foundation
The collaboration between the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli and the Fondazione Musei Civici – Civic Museums Foundation of Venice begins with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. This is an agreement that aims to develop and promote research, training and dissemination in the field of mosaic and glass art.
Among the various institutions that make up the network of the Civic Museums of Venice, the Glass Museum and its historically annexed school have a strong link with the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli.
It is a common will, as stated in the Protocol signed by Stefano Lovison and Mariacristina Gribaudi, respectively presidents of the Consortium for the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli and of the Civic Museums Foundation of Venice, to develop projects involving the sharing of knowledge, resources and tools through internships, internships and specific training courses, through national and international research dedicated to the two arts and with the development of technology transfer initiatives, promotion and enhancement of the results achieved and of the institutions involved.
The President Stefano Lovison in introducing the joint document together with the Venetian guests, in front of the audience of the students of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, enthusiastic about the possible opportunities for exchange and study that are emerging, recalled the history of mosaic in the regional territory. “Mosaic is an art that unites western Friuli with Venice. An ancient bond that saw the terrazzieri emigrate to work seasonally in the rich doge city, where the market and the possibilities for their art were great, where churches and palaces found noble decor thanks to expert hands whose testimonies are still visible, where the possibility to find precious and variegated enamels prepared in the glass furnaces made the work of the mosaicists superb. With this agreement, strongly desired, we look to common projects to develop the research, training and dissemination of mosaic and glass, artistic and craft knowledge that, although highly specialized, are united by a glorious past and an international importance in the present. “.
It is therefore a question of planning common actions which, as the president of the Civic Museums Foundation of Venice Mariacristina Gribaudi also pointed out, envisage inclusion and contamination, two indispensable qualities in art and current production. “We are both institutional entities that preserve a unique cultural heritage, with the aim of involving young people first of all”, declared President Gribaudi. “The Foundation that I chair has among its objectives the dialogue between communities and the opening to the territory in the broadest sense, promoting and welcoming initiatives that go beyond metropolitan and regional borders. My thanks go to those who in both institutions worked on the Protocol, important for the synergies in the museum, educational and cultural fields to support the development of the territories, and in particular at our Murano Glass Museum “.
A collaboration, therefore, which intends as the first beneficiaries precisely the students of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli who will be able to implement their skills thanks to training initiatives developed with the Glass Museum and the Abate Zanetti Technical Technological Institute of Murano, heir to an ancient glass institution and meeting point of the past and future of glass art.
In addition to carrying out internships, stages and specific courses, the planned actions also include joint participation in research projects and training activities of a national and international nature, scientific and educational workshops, conferences and seminars and the organization of presentations and dissemination events. The Foundation undertakes to host students and teachers of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli at its facilities for the development of courses or cycles of lessons and supplementary educational activities and, in a reciprocal relationship, the Mosaic School of Friuli undertakes in the same way to host students and participants in qualified Foundation initiatives.
At the signing of the Protocol were present Gian Piero Brovedani, director of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli and Chiara Squarcina, director of the Foundation’s Museums Area, both ready, as they expressed, to make concrete a series of projects sketched so far. The Mosaic & Glass conference scheduled for 13 October 2022 on the island of Murano and curated by the Glass Museum as part of the program of events for the hundred years of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli has already been confirmed.
Presentation of the Memorandum of Understanding to the students of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli by the president Stefano Lovison and the president of MUVE Mariacristina Gribaudi.
Presidents Gribaudi and Lovison with the signed Protocol.
In the historic atrium of the School: Chiara Squarcina, Stefano Lovison, Mariacristina Gribaudi, Gian Piero Brovedani, Pietroluigi Genovesi.
24 Febrary 2022