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Contemporary Mosaic Flourishes in Florence: Musiwa 2013

FlagsThis summer, a new mosaic tradition was born in Florence with the first edition of Musiwa, an international exhibition featuring works from some of the medium’s most important and revered artists in order to . . .

. . . create a huge, unusual opportunity to gather many renowned artists in one place for a universal meeting where there could be an open exchange of emotions and ideas  brought on by magnificent mosaic works.

Fabrizio_Petri _Musiwa

Fabrizio Petri

Mosaic art was spread out all over Florence with installations at the Impruneta’s Contemporary Art Center, the Town Hall of Pontassieve, the Hall of Heroines at the Borgo di Pontassieve and the Ancient Hospital in S. Antonio. Musiwa culminated with an exhibition of “finalists” chosen by a committee at the historic Guelph Palace that ran from June 15 through July 16th.

Paolo Racagni

Paolo Racagni

Beyond the city-wide presentation of mosaic, Musiwa is also noteworthy for its origins – a joint venture between WART (WorldArtist – Art, Culture & People), Florence’s prestigious jewelry school, Perseo, AGT (Accademia Giardini del Tempo) and AIMC (International Association for Contemporary Mosaic).  Enthusiasm during the organizational phase proved to be contagious and the event quickly won the support of the communes of Firenze, Pontassieve, Lastra a Signa and Impruneta.

Rosanna Fattorinni, Massimo Campaioli, Francesco Chimienti and Nikos Tolis, President of AIMC

Rosanna Fattorinni, Massimo Campaioli, Francesco Chimienti and Nikos Tolis, President of AIMC

So, who was behind this? Musiwa’s Artistic Director and President and the mastermind behind the event is Maestro Francesco Chimienti, the founder and current president of WART. An artist himself, Chimento has a great love for mosaic and was a co-signer of the “Being Mosaic Foundation Manifesto” with Giulio Candussio.  Other key players included Musiwa’s Vice-President, Maestro Massimo Campaioli, who is also the founder/president of PERSEO and Florence’s Ambassador of Jewelry to the World and Rosanna Fattorini, an accomplished mosaic artist and Vice-President of AIMC.

Rosanna Fattorini

Rosanna Fattorini

Technical advisors who aided in the selection of works included Professor of Art Drawing and History Gianni Becciani, mosaic restoration expert Dr. Clarice Innocenti, the Pallazo Pitti Museum’s Director of Silver Materials Dr. Maria Sframeli and well-known painter Maestro Alberto Gallingani.

Nane Zavagno

Nane Zavagno

While Musiwa was not a competition, two artists, Nane Zavagno and Toyoharu Kii received special prizes “for the outstanding quality of their work” and mosaic artist, educator and innovator Giulio Candussio received a special award “for his magnificent cultural personality as well as for the scientific proposal ‘Being Mosaic Foundation Manifesto’.”

Toyoharu Kii

Toyoharu Kii

Within the group of 40+ mosaic artists who were part of MUSIWA there were many familiar names – De Luca, Menossi, Iliev, Goodwin, Cicognani, Louro do Rego, and Magdi among them. There were also artists new to us whose works feel fresh and exciting.

Dino Maccini

Dino Maccini

Iliya Iliev

Iliya Iliev

Marwa Qendeel

Marwa Qendeel

Sonia Louro do Rego

Sonia Louro do Rego

Luciano Petris

Luciano Petris

Elaine M. Goodwin

Elaine M. Goodwin

Marco de Luca

Marco de Luca

Giulio Menossi

Musiwa’s organizers are already expanding the reach of the program and preparing for next year.

Given the positive and enthusiastic results of Musiwa 2013, the Musiwa project will be turned into a foundation very soon. With international partners such as Florence, its Province, the Precious Stones Factory and other prestigious associations, there will be continued in-depth exhibitions and thematic meetings based on the mosaic art form in many new venues that will reach into schools, museums, art galleries and the media. The official headquarters of Musiwa 2014 will once again be Florence and the event is scheduled for June – August 2014. 

A list of all the participating artists is below.  Our thanks to Musiwa’s organizers for sending along to MAN all of this information and wonderful photographs.  Bravo!

Enjoy – Nancie

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  1. Tracey Cartledge

    Eccellente!!
    Nancie, if at all possible, please would you post up the information from MUSIWA for artists wishing to submit work for next year’s exhibition?
    Grazie molto!!

  2. Lynn Adamo

    I am inspired and excited by these works! Especially in love with the one by Fabrizio Petri. Thanks for reporting about this exhibition!

  3. Solly

    I love these images, but I am surprised and dismayed that the set is so exclusively abstract.

    • Nancie

      Solly, these images were among those provided to MAN by the Musiwa organizers, so it is entirely possible that representational or figurative works were also included in the exposition. On the whole, however, I would have to say that the European mosaic aesthetic has a very strong abstract bent – for that matter, so does a great deal of the work coming out the US.

    • Marcelo de Melo

      Solly, unfortunately, the mosaic seen as “contemporary” today ‘abstract’ and stuck in the past – not really “contemporary”. In the bigger context of art, abstraction is a bit “out of fashion” and the issues are far more complex. These mosaicists are playing “catching up”. They do not necessarily represent the great diversity and brilliance of mosaics we can see elsewhere. In my opinion, most of them are part of a self-validating clique and out of touch.

  4. Sébastien

    I like this event. Thanks.

  5. aida valencia

    have to save money for next years event!

  6. Julie

    I can’t wait for next year’s event. Must clear the calendar now!

  7. Luis Laso Casas

    I have never before seeing so many stunning mosaic art examples by so many of my all time favourite mosaic artists. To see them in person would be so inspiring.
    What a joy. Thanks.

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