The Mosaico & Mosaici 2022 exhibition opens
The Mosaico& Mosaiciexhibition opens on Friday 29 July 2022, at 6.30 pm, the summer appointment of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, now in its 28th edition and which this year celebrates the hundred years of the institution.
The exhibition, set up in the School’s laboratories, presents a selection of works created by students during the past formative year. These are the best projects: mosaics created to study and deepen a subject or a technique, accompanied by photographs and sketches that tell of the conception and execution.
Mosaico&Mosaici it is therefore an ever-changing exhibition because, if the didactic objectives for becoming Mosaic Masters remain constant and central, so much so that certain exercises to practice the hand in the use of the hammer are handed down from generation to generation, what changes are the works with which pupils increase their skills. The teachers of the School make their creative skills available to propose always different projects to be developed, individually or in groups, during the lessons.
Visitors have the opportunity to admire unpublished mosaics every year that reflect the ancient, Roman-Hellenistic, Byzantine and modern style, up to the contemporary even in furnishing and design solutions. These are moments that characterize the evolution of the mosaic in the history of art and correspond to the three-year course of high professional training that the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli offers, unique in the world. For this reason the School has become over time a center of excellence capable of attracting students even from outside Italy and the Mosaico&Mosaici exhibition bears witness to this with its works that speak of comparison, collaboration, innovation, genius.
For a month, from 30 July to 28 August 2022, the School therefore abandons its laboratory aspect and becomes a showcase of art, as tidy as it is surprising. It opens its doors and welcomes visitors with the desire to transmit the knowledge and passion for the mosaic in its many forms. It therefore offers itself as an international reference point for this particular art, as ancient as it is current.
Entering the spaces of the first course you will therefore see the works of Greco-Roman typology. These mosaics represent the highest proofs of those who for the first time approached cutting and hammering: from the development of decorative motifs, geometric embroideries and vegetable weaves resolved with the combination of square tiles of natural material, to the copy of some details of mosaics of classicism. There are also tests of subjects with a contemporary design, but resolved with ancient style and large group works, such as a tapestry signed by William Morris interpreted in mosaic.
A change in materials and methods of execution is clearly visible by looking at the works of the second course, where the Byzantine mosaic and the modern one characterized by the reverse technique on paper are studied. Of the many works with the bright colors of Venetian enamels, attention will certainly be paid to portraits and three-dimensional volumes. Then there is the series of animals, with the tiles cut in imitation of natural details, the signs with the figures of the Thirties, the original mosaics on fabric, up to the rigid tapestries to be dropped from the windows of the new exhibition building.
In the third course each student, given the wealth of knowledge acquired, engages in original works for creation and composition. From personal research, mosaics are born that play on the variety of materials, thicknesses and colors. There is also the large “pop” panel created during the stage with the guest artist Luca Barberini, the series of mosaics inspired by the canvases of the impressionist Claude Monet, with the famous water lilies rendered through a game of reliefs and different textures, and that urban views taken from the paintings of the American Jeremy Mann.
The visit then continues along the corridors of the School that tell the evolution of mosaic art over the centuries, but also the many collaborations with artists and the expressive potential of the mosaic that meet the taste of contemporaneity with contaminations in architecture and especially in the world of design summarized in the dedicated room on the first floor.
Mosaico & Mosaici is, in this summer 2022, the exhibition of the hundredth year of activity of the School: an institution that, it is recalled, opened its doors on January 22, 1922 to give many young people from the Spilimberghese a basic education and the skills of an art and a profession. To celebrate this century-long history, Spilimbergo was chosen for the Annual Convention of Friulani nel Mondo (Friulians in the World), on the same day as the inauguration of the exhibition, 29 July. Convention theme: The mosaicists tell their stories. Stories and memories of a profession in Friuli and in the world, starting at the Miotto Theater from 4.30 pm.
Mosaico&Mosaici 2022 can be visited every day, from 30 July to 28 August, from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 16.30 to 20.00.
Info: www.scuolamosaicistifriuli.it; tel. +39 0427 2077; firstname.lastname@example.org.
26 July 2022