Tomorrow, Wednesday 8 April, the episode of Obiettivo Friuli – Voci a confronto e attualità del territorio sotto la lente (Voices in comparison and topicality of the territory under the lens) will be dedicated to the famous mosaicist Giandomenico Facchina and to the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli. Obiettivo Friuli, broadcast by the journalist Alberto Rochira, airs at 11.18 on Radio Rai I from the regional headquarters.
Tomorrow’s episode is inspired by the recent publication L’Italia del Père Lachaise. Vies extraordinaires des Italiens de France et des Français d’Italie, promoted by the Consulate General of Italy in Paris and edited by Skira. IThe book investigates the figures of the Italians buried in the monumental cemetery of Paris, the Père Lachaise: these are characters who lived in France, making a significant contribution to French culture. 61 Italians are mentioned in the book, some very well known, such as the painter Amedeo Modigliani, the composer Gioachino Rossini, the anti-fascist Rosselli brothers, others more famous abroad than in their birthplace. They are artists, musicians, writers, not to mention women in the world of opera, music and dance. The Friulians are three: the great explorer Pietro Savorgnan of Brazza (whose remains were later moved to Brazzaville, capital of the Congo), Antonio Franconi, architect of the success of the circus in Paris in the late eighteenth century, and Giandomenico Facchina (Sequals, 1826 – Paris, 1903), whose mosaic work has been cited and studied on several occasions both by the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli and by the Municipality of Sequals.
The broadcast will have several guests. Stefano Lovison, president of the Consorzio per la Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, will present the school and the prospects for its future. Danila Venuto, teacher of mosaic history at the School, who will highlight the importance of the figure of Giandomenico Facchina and his (patented) execution technique of the reverse on paper of which the School preserves and maintains the tradition, will then intervene. From Paris, professor Patrizia Bisson, Comites councilor – Italian Committee abroad in Paris and president of the France-Frioul Association, but above all, author of the cards on the three Friulians buried in Père Lachaise, will speak. Enrico Odorico, mayor of Sequals, the birthplace of Giandomenico Facchina, will tell the mosaic tradition that characterizes Sequals with some families of mosaicists and terrace makers who have created works all over the world. The last guest will be Gian Piero Brovedani, director of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli who will highlight the three activities that characterize the School: highly specialized training, the promotion of history and mosaic art and the production of mosaics for third parties.