MOSAICO&MOSAICI 1 August> 30 August 2020
selection of the works created by the students of the school in the year 2019/2020.
from August 1 to August 30, 2020
hours 10.00 – 12.30 / 16.30 – 20.00
Opening on Friday 31 July 2020 at 18.30.
Goal achieved: the annual exhibitionof the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuliopens on Friday
On Friday 31 July, at 6.30 pm, the Mosaic School of Friuli inaugurates the usual Mosaico&Mosaici exhibition which presents the activity carried out during the past training year.
An important moment for the students of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, which takes on greater significance this year: it represents the goal reached despite the path being bumpy due to the international health emergency. The school reacted to the initial bewilderment that affected all of Italy between February and March by organizing distance lessons and thus maintaining a bond with the students. In a constant exchange, the teachers transmitted notions, but also confidence, they spurred the study and the exercise, they invited to cultivate the passion for mosaic anyway. The CREAttivo competition was also launched, in collaboration with the Maravee Cultural Association, to stimulate students’ creativity through the insertion of a mosaic intervention on furniture and design objects. The management of the School made an effort so that the pupils, even if far away, could feel, as in the first half of the year, participating in the life of the institution, part of an always operating team.
Nobody has lost confidence in the positive conclusion of the formative year, so when, thanks to Ordinance no. 12 issued by the President of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia on 3 May 2020 it was possible, with due safety precautions, to resume the laboratory activity, all the students rushed, including the foreign ones who had waited in Friuli Venezia Giulia for confirmation of the reopening. With considerable organizational work, the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli was the first of all to restart the practical lessons of mosaic and terrace, which have always been considered essential for the preparation of students.
All the projects left on hold were addressed immediately and with the extension of the attendance calendar the didactic program was completed.
The students of the first course tried their hand at making Roman copies and geometric patterns; they also performed original works that allow a reflection on the relationship between mosaic and inhabited space and on the concept of the tile, a Greco-Roman heritage, conceived as a compositional module, just as it happens in Pavo, the work that is the symbol image of the exhibition.
Byzantine mosaic, characterized by the direct laying technique of the tesserae and the use of gold, was a topic of study for the students of the second course. The three-dimensional installation Ver Sacrum, inspired by the lines of the Viennese Secession and visible outside the School, was the first test collectively addressed. Instead, the solutions of Mosaici in cornice (Mosaics in a frame) are individual, where the tesserae move the surface and simulate the space based on trends, format, tension of the lines, inclinations. Gianluca Corona’s tribute to figurative and realist painting gave the opportunity to investigate the technique of “reverse on paper” which was followed by the first tests of composition with direct laying, a technique of contemporary mosaic, in Bacheca impossibile(Impossible notice board) and in the fabric simulation required in the year-end test.e nella simulazione di tessuti richiesta nella prova di fine anno.
The third course, which sees greater interpretative and executive autonomy on the part of the students, focused first on the work by Hermann Nitsch, artist from Vienna, for a research on color in the mosaic and on the infinite combinations that allow to transmit sensations and moods. The Serotonina wall mosaic was born in collaboration with the teaching of computer graphics, characterized by a three-dimensional structure that protrudes from the plane of the wall.
For the “Meeting with the artist” project, the students confronted the Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea, accompanied by designer Schiro Muchiri. A mosaic project has been developed for inclusion in a bookcase, a design proposal that has combined the mosaic with the functionality of the furniture.
Then there were the individual creations elaborated around the theme of the mosaic language, used not as a simple artistic technique, but as an expressive form.
In the terrace lessons, the students of the three courses dealt with the different methods of laying and paving, starting from the preparation of the supports and the layers of bedding of tiles and grits, to get to the realization of floors, such as the covering with geometric motifs that supports the entrance, of walls, like the external wall of the terrace workshops, of three-dimensional elements, such as the bench with irregular tiles arranged rhythmically.
Even the specialization course, the one reserved for already qualified students, concluded all the works that had been planned: the coat of arms for the Questura di Milano (Milan Police Headquarters), the mosaic for the bathing establishment no. 2 of Lignano Pineta, the mosaic stele in the Prata di Pordenone rotunda and the one dedicated to Novella Cantarutti for the Municipality of Spilimbergo, the work to embellish the new urban space in Rauscedo di San Giorgio della Richinvelda, the installation in memory of the Battle of Pradis in Clauzetto and the panel Maestre (Teachers) promoted by the Italian Federation of Women Arts, Professions and Business – FIDAPA.
The 2019/2020 training year therefore ended regularly with the year-end essays for the two-year period and the exams for the thirteen students of the third course, who were awarded the title of “Master Mosaicist” on 26 June in an official ceremony .
A complex and intense year, but also of surprising results that will be visible throughout the month of August in the classrooms of the School specially designed to display the selection of the best and most representative works of the students. The exhibition dedicated to the relationship between design and mosaic with works carried out in different years, often with the participation of architects and designers, acts as a corollary, which will be set up in the Gallery of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli.