On Friday 22 March 2019, the “A Regola d’Arte” study seminar was held at Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli. President Stefano Lovison and Director Gian Piero Brovedani enthusiastically presented the speakers of this important meeting Aberto Cavalli, Director of the Cologni Foundation in Milan and Executive Co-Director of the Michelangelo Foundation, and Architect Paolo Coretti.
Cavalli, curator of “Homo Faber” 2018 and an authority in the world of excellent artcrafts, in his speech “Be realistic, ask for the impossible”, immediately caught the attention of young mosaic artists, declaring that “in this period of crisis you must be the crystalline authors of a regenerated beauty, helping people to rediscover the importance of tradition and beauty understood in its deepest sense”. He explained to the students the importance that today, more than ever, he covers the work of tradition, interpretation and passion carried out by artisans like them, spurring them to “not be vases to be filled, but torches to light to break up the material and create something of wonderful ”. He then reminded those present how “in contemporary society there is the need to dream and the artisans, the future masters of art like you, are the people who still know how to transmit these dreams, so try to do great things, make the impossible”.
Coretti, instead, has been awarded several times in architecture and design competitions and organizer for several years of the Mosaic & Architecture Prize in Pordenone, and has talked about the “Urban design, between the city that sings and the city stripped”, tracing a historical overview of the architecture and highlighting the change of thought in the way of interpreting art on an architectural and urban level. He highlighted, in particular, policies that recurred in history such as the whitewashed plans adopted in the Napoleonic period, which caused the abandonment and loss of certain crafts and craft traditions. Among these trades we also find mosaic art, which was abandoned to be rediscovered only in the 1900s and which is now slowly coming back into vogue with urban furniture applications, as evidenced by some public and private works in Italy and around the world. “It is therefore essential”, concluded Coretti, “to have continuity over time in order to best understand past teachings and new work techniques”
The students and teachers of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli participated at the seminar. The School was pleased to host these authoritative personalities