Every summer, Paray-le-Monial becomes a “hub” for many of Europe’s best contemporary mosaicists. We’ll explore the town and the organization “M comme Mosaique” in a future post. For today, we’ll take a look at the group’s 2009 Exhibition “Reminscences” and the two mosaicists who are featured, Valeria Ercolani and Almuth Schops.
Their work is, quite simply, superb.
We’ll let the art and the artists speak for themselves. This information comes through the generosity of M comme Mosaique’s Florian Perrier to whom we are enormously grateful. Photography by Matteo Scarpelli.
Logistics and links at the bottom of the post. Enjoy — Nancie
“The Exhibition Reminiscences: A millennial art, a language in the present day.
The art of mosaic claims to go back to a very ancient tradition, to an age-old artistic technique which consists of breaking up materials before putting pieces together to create an image. . . . As the heirs to such a millennial tradition, today’s artists perpetuate the art of mosaic, while adapting its language to a contemporary way of expressing it. Once again,
mosaic is honored this summer in Paray-le-Monial. We present two artists living in Ravenna” Almuth Schops (from Germany) and Valeria Ercolani (from Italy). Their works, both abstract and extremely moving, can be seen in the St. Nicholas Tower.”
“Valeria Ercolani devotes her time to her personal creations. She reinterprets the language of mosaic
with a great sensibility, through her works and their
slight variations — their easy rhythms — sometimes broken by chatoyant* materials. As if a light breeze, the lines bend, the volumes become hollow, the colors melt . . .”
* chatoyant – adjective
1. changing in luster or color: chatoyant silk
2. Jewelry. Reflecting a single streak of light when cut in a cabochon.
“Divides her time between the creation of contemporary mosaics and the restoration of ancient mosaics. In Paray-le-Monial, she is showing her personal works, extremely simplified compositions where matter plays the prominent part: stone, lead and iron are mixed with gold and silver, the bright textures match the steles engraved with tesserae.”
Links and Logistics
Exhibition: June 29 – September 10, 2009. Tour Saint Nicolas. 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m./2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Entry is free.Exhibition website
Phone: 03 85 81 10 92