The Contemporary Mosaic Biennale opened in Ravenna at the beginning of October 2022. This is the seventh mosaic festival organized by the Municipality of Ravenna, the Mosaic Capital of the World, together with AIMC (International Association of Contemporary Mosaic) and MAR (Ravenna Art Museum). The Contemporary Mosaic Biennale was scheduled for 2020, but due to…
Contemporary Mosaic Biennale 2022
Выставка современной мозаики “ЛЕС”
Выставка современной мозаики “ЛЕС” завершилась недавно в Санкт-Петербурге. В выставке принимали участие российские художники-мозаичисты. Открытие выставки мозаики состоялось 12 декабря 2021 года. Для этого мозаичного проекта было выбрано пространство в самом сердце Санкт-Петербурга на Невском проспекте, в катакомбах под лютеранской церковью Святого Петра. У этого храма необычная судьба. Здание церкви было заложено 29…
Mosaic portrait – Pamela Irving
Country – Australia City – Melbourne Mosaicist Pamela Irving is the Mosaic review magazine’s next guest. Our mosaic magazine keeps to tell stories about prominent mosaic artists from over the world. The mosaic world knows Pamela mostly as a mosaicist, but she is an artist who creates artworks in several another media, like sculpture, ceramic,…
Olga Goulandris – Oratio
Several striking mosaics by Olga Goulandris, including the mysterious “Oratio”, are now placed in a special MR Favorites folder on the Mosaic Review website.
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Our magazine is an attempt to summarize the information flows relating to contemporary mosaic from various sources, to join together mosaic community.
The main goal of the mosaic magazine is to make a connection between mosaic artists and modern society, presenting the mosaic as an ancient, but at the same time incredible contemporary art.
By opening mosaic works by mosaic artists to the wide audience, we try to promote the popularization of mosaic as much as possible.
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Mosaic has always been perceived as an integral part of a holistic architectural image, being a decorative and semantic component of temple structures and civil buildings, introducing final strokes into the concept of these objects and enhancing the sound of architecture. Like skin, it was inextricably linked with its body – the walls of the building, feeding on them the energy of design and giving the final charm and completeness of the architect’s intention.
Most of the mosaic works are still considered by us in connection with the object on which it is located. Such subordination, the dependence of the mosaic on the place seems familiar and natural. The mosaic that we can observe in our natural habitat – the city – for the most part is crowned with an artistic image of monumental architectural objects, whether it be churches, palaces or pavilions of metro stations.
The idea of the natural connection of mosaics with an architectural object was developed in the concept of the existence of mosaics, referring to the ancient times of the creation of the world, when the rocks surrounding us were born, melting in unpredictable combinations.
Based on this concept, the stone used in the mosaic has a story with which the duration of human life is a fleeting moment. Therefore, the stone deserves a reverent, sensitive to itself attitude and a decent environment for itself, where its chipped dissected remains must find their peace in eternal harmony with the foundation, cement and base.
Such works are not always part of the architecture now. They can be separate mosaic panels, but the artist models, reconstructs the mentally imaginary environment by choosing the basis, tone and composition, creating by these means a kind of transitional matter, harmonizing the connection with the outside world.
The question of whether a mosaic work belongs to a specific and unique place, where it can only be organic, still remains a question, a challenge for the artist. Until recently, only a handful of artists dared to argue with their mosaics with paintings. These artists are convinced that the mosaic should have and has the meaning of the work, living independently in space, is a conceptual object.
This understanding of mosaic as a self-contained object, forming a surrounding reality for itself, has recently received the greatest development. There are no barriers to ideas, imagination, materials and their combinations.