Not a month goes by that someone doesn’t contact MAN with a plea that we revive our printed magazine. We sincerely wish we could but, alas, our resources just don’t stretch that far right now. As good as the internet is, we understand that there is simply no substitute for the ability to sit down with a lovely cup-of-whatever-suits-your-fancy for a long, paper-fueled immersion into contemporary mosaic.
That’s why we are happy to recommend the French magazine Mosaique with its new and improved English translation edited by award-winning Canadian musician and mosaic artist Sophie Drouin. In the 98 pages of this fifth edition of the publication, Publishers Renée Malaval and Gilles Antoine have done a bang-up job of covering the contemporary mosaic scene from Belgium to Egypt and from Russia to the US – from exhibitions and installations to schools and “studio secrets” – from arm-chair travelling to the newest books and publications. With Contributors like Daniele Torcellini, Rosetta Berardi, Luca Maggio, and Paolo Racagni and artistic direction by none other than Verdiano Marzi, the magazine is both brainy and beautiful.
Coverage of major exhibitions include the 9th International Mosaic Conference in Chartres last October and a reprint of the MAN article covering Terra Incognita in Williamsport, PA.
We especially liked the three articles under a section called “Mosaique Dans Les Parcs Et Jardins” (Mosaic in The Parks And The Gardens) with wonderful photos and writing about Antoni Gaudi’s Parc Güell in Barcelona, Nikki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden in Tuscany and The Garden of the Giants by Marco Pellizola in Cento.
Mosaique has always been a great publication, but up until now its Achilles heel has been the language barrier to the English speaking market. Malaval and Antoine’s decision to bring on Sophie Drouin as the Editor of its English version was a good one. While not all of the content has been translated (we’d say it’s about 80%) it is a total pleasure to read.
Mosaique and Mosaic Art NOW a lot in common. We both seek to inspire our artists and seduce the rest of the world into a new appreciation for contemporary mosaic. That’s why it is always such a professional delight to work with Malaval and Antoine.
Buy this magazine. You won’t be sorry.
Enjoy – Nancie
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In Europe: Mosaique Magazine