AIMC International Association of Contemporary Mosaicists NEWSLETTER

November 2014

                                                        Helsinki 1954

The editors wish to acknowledge Felice Nittolo for his initiative, the year-long project entitled, "Tribute to Ines Morigi Berti -100 Years of Mosaic".

-submitted by Artemis Klitsi and Lila Abdul-Rahim
News from the World

Art Gallery NiArt Cultura

INES MORIGI BERTI - 100 Years of Mosaic


The Mosaics of Ines Morigi Berti In Comparison With Those Of Her Students

October 18 - January 18, 2015



Details:  biography of Ines Morigi Berti
              press release

-submitted by Felice Nittolo


Details of exhibition

-submitted by Fondazione Musiwa/Rosanna Fattorini

Art Gallery NiArt Cultura:


Gérard Brand 




Mosaic Otherwise

October 25 - November 15, 2014

VIA ANASTAGI 4a/6, Ravenna, Italy

Invitation to Exhibition:  Italian  French

About the artist:  Gérard Brand was born in Obernai in Alsace, France, where he lives and works.  In 1958 when he was 17 years old, he held his first exhibition of mosaic in his hometown. In his activities he counts 45 years of artistic research and speaks of a "journey towards transparency".  He  invented a style in search of lightness; he creates vacuum, allowing the viewer to see through his sculptural forms. During this “journey”, he explored the "Recup'Art" and made monumental wall mosaics. But in 1979 he initiated the studies for a "different mosaic "and showed his first results in 1997. His work became more complex and worked with all types of materials: marble, stone, enamel, fused glass, gold, bone, iron,stainles steel  ... he creates baroque and poetic works.

He is the creator of many public, religious and private works.  In Alsace, he created a 32- meter long mosaic for the European Parliament in Strasbourg.  He has also worked in Yamoussoukro and Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire and in Yaoundé, Cameroon. He organizes the  Mosaic Biennale in Obernai, which he started in 2003.

-submitted by Felice Nittolo

Hellenic Mosaic Association


The Hellenic Mosaic Association presents the following events during the month of November, 2014 in order to promote contemporary mosaic art in Greece:

 November 1 and 2: Amfikleia High School, central Greece. The members of the Association, along with students and teachers from the school, participated in a "mosaic marathon", decorating several cement benches located in the school courtyard. An area of 25 square meters was covered with mosaic. This event was sponsored by MAPEI HELLAS.

This event will be combined with an exhibition of posters showing works of AIMC members, which had been presented during the XII Congress of AIMC in Athens, 2010.  After the exhibition in Athens, the artists donated the posters to the Hellenic Mosaic Association, who in turn donated them to the High School of Amfikleia for decoration of its classrooms.

•  November 15 and 16: Plaka, Monastiraki area of Athens.  A group mosaic installation by Association members will take place at a public building, combined with a slide show and presentation of contemporary mosaics. In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Greece.

• November 24 - 30
Municipal Gallery of Pireas
Group exhibition of contemporary mosaics by Association members.
Opening Monday November 24 at 8:00 p.m.

These events are under the auspices of the AIMC.

-submitted by Artemis Klitsi


Invader - The invasion of Ravenna

Opening: Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 5.30 pm

Curator: Marte
Coordinator: Daniele Torcellini
Venue: Planetario di Ravenna, Giardini Pubblici
Supported by: Comune di Ravenna, Assessorato alla Cultura Ravenna2019
Ditta Pirini Giancarlo and with the collaboration of: MAR - Museo d’Arte della Città Planetario di Ravenna.

Beginning on October 11, 2014, the external facade of the Planetarium of Ravenna will host the permanent installation of a 20 square meters mosaic, created by Invader, an internationally known French artist. For the past 15 years, Invader has been filling the streets with Space Invaders, resurrected from the eponymous late-70s arcade game in which pixelated aliens set out to conquer Earth.

Working under the pseudonym of Invader, the artist has taken the idea behind the game and applied it to the real world by letting Space Invaders break out of the screen and onto the walls of the world’s major cities, as mosaic tiles, where each pixel is a tile. Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, Mombasa and Katmandu are some of the “invaded” cities around the world. Now Ravenna, one of the most famous city of the world for its mosaic heritage, is one of them.  More:   1, 2

-submitted by Daniele Torcellini

Ongoing Events

Les Rencontres Internationales de 
Mosaique in France

“Pluton” by Dugald Macinnes BRITTAMOSAICA 
Venue – City : Chartres in France
October 18  -  November 9, 2014
Chapelle Saint Fulbert - Chapelle saint Eman - Musee des Beaux-Arts de Chartres.

The city of Chartres will be holding the 10th edition of "Les Rencontres Internationales de Mosaique" at the Chapel Saint Fulbert and other venues throughout the city from the 18th of October until the 9th of November. This prestigious event organised by les 3R association is expecting more than 10,000 visitors  and will be exhibiting 240 mosaic artists from around the world. For a whole month, the whole city will be lit up and vibrate at the rhythm of "Les Rencontres Internationales de mosaique". The city will showcase many different exhibitions as well as host conferences and debates on questions for those passionate about Mosaic.

Cloître Notre Dame - Chartres 28000
From October 18 - November 9, 2014
Open: In October, Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am - 12:30 pm  and  2pm - 6pm;   in November Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am - 12:30 pm  and  2pm - 5pm.

This year, BAMM (British Association of Modern Mosaic) will be presenting an important exhibition at the Museum des Beaux-Art in the heart of Chartres. This exhibition will show some of the best works from eleven UK based modern mosaic artists such as: Guest of honour, Dugald Macinnes, Tracey Cartledge, Joanna Kessel, Patricia Lee, Barbara Laws, Helen Nock, Line Mortensen, Kate Rattray, Nathalie Vin, Giulia Vogrig, Norma Vondee.
11 rue Saint-Eman - Chartres 28000

From October 18, 2014 - January 18, 2015
Opening: Tuesday to Sunday from: 2pm - 8pm.
France and Italy will be also paying a tribute this year to Ines Morigi Berti, who recently passed away at the age of one-hundred years, a teacher and a marvelous artist; the exhibition takes place at the famous Chapelle Saint Eman, only two minutes away from the famous Chartres's cathedral.

62 rue Saint Chéron - Chartres 28000
Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
By Pierre - Marie Escourrou - Actor

-submitted by Nathalie Vin

Chicago Mosaic School

New Strata 

September 19 - November 9, 2014
Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics
806 West Cuyler Ave Chicago Illinois USA


New Strata features the works of fourteen American students of Scottish artist Dugald MacInnes.  The exhibition is concerned with "distilling an idea down to its simplest form". The exhibition also includes a major work by MacInnes, who recently donated “Tectonic Drift” to the new permanent collection of The Chicago Mosaic School/ GoCM. 

New Strata artists include: Elizabeth Bartky, Eugenia Brown, Jessica Cherry, Sue Coombs, Carolynn Friedman, Eileen Gassman, Sue Giannotti, Andryea Natkin, Matteo Randi, Carol Stirton-Broad, Casey Van Loon, Jamie Weisbrod, and Anabella Wewer.
-submitted by Karen Ami

Adrian Paci

La gloria vostra fu sole

Gallery Kaufman Repetto
via di Porta Tenaglia 7, Milano

Solo exhibition of  Adrian Paci
Curated by  Pierpaolo Campanini
Exhibition:  September 19 - November 8, 2014

Exhibition of painter Adrian Paci, including two mosaics of Franc Paci on Adrian Paci's cartoons.

. . .The mosaics reveal to us, by their very nature the essence of the work of Adrian Paci: dust and earth, narrated often in the drawings, create the mortar. The artist goes in search of the marbles to change the nature of the events into epic. The stones narrate well and, through the  images, they protect like amulets: they bring with them good luck, become ornament and blessing…

(Attachment  in Italian:  1, 2)

-submitted by Franc Paci

Edda Mally

The above photos are from the exhibition at the Chiostro degli Agostiniani in Bracciano, Italy, which opened October 11 and continues to November 7, 2014.  Edda Mally's letter with details of the event, here.

 International Exhibition of Mosaic as Contemporary Art

Because of the unusual success of the exhibition in Vienna during the XIV AIMC International Conference, the majority of the artists were convinced to leave their work for another project: Mosaic as Contemporary Art shall travel as a Touring Exhibition. Forty artists from twenty-two nations shall continue to show a variety of expressions of contemporary mosaic.

Next Venues:

  • Museo del Fiume in Nazzano from November 12 to December 7, 2014
  • Cultural Centre of Terlizzi/Bari from December 12 to January 8, 2015 
See complete invitation/brochure here:  page 1    page 2

-submitted by Edda Mally


A number of important initiatives have been organized by the Municipality of Ravenna and MAR-CIDM, the Art Museum of the City - International Centre of Mosaic Documentation, to support  the candidacy of Ravenna as a European Capital of Culture for 2019.  See invitation here.

1.  Eccentrico musivo: Young Artists and Mosaic

September 21  – November 9 2014
Museo d’Arte della città di Ravenna  MAR

Invited artists: Andrej Koruza, Gaia Carboni, Giulia Ricci, Matija Côp, Michael Gambino, Emilio José Gomez, Jae Hee Kim, CaCO3, Andrea Poma, Leonardo Rota Gastaldi, Francesca Pasquali, Samantha Holmes, Sergio Policicchio, Giorgio Tentolini, Raffaella Ceccarossi, Luca Barberini, Blue and Joy, Dušan Čežek, Omar Hassan, Orodé Deoro, Takako Hirai, Silvia Naddeo, Roberta Grasso, Benedetta Galli, Matylda Tracewska, Dora Bartolomei.

Curated by Linda Kniffitz and  Daniele Torcellini

Opening hours: 
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.00-13.30 / 15.00-18.00; Wednesday: 9.00-13.30; Saturday 9.00- 18.00;Sunday 15.00-18.00; Sunday September 21, 9.00-18.00; Monday: closed
2.  Visual Mosaic - Ravenna Video Contest
 selection of videos describing mosaic art or sublimating it as a metaphor.

3.  Toyoharu Kii: Whites and Blue

Toyoharu Kii: Whites and Blue,  will take place from September 20 to November 9, 2014. The exhibit will present nine works of this Florentine-trained master to the public. Curated by Rosetta Berardi and Linda Kniffitz.

Toyoharu Kii uses an austere stylistic code with single color, and builds images through subtraction, with unexpected flows (andamenti) of small white marble tesserae of different thicknesses. The works are of geometric form, yet are emotional and passionate. The exhibition is funded by the European Project Open Museums, Slovenia-Italy axis.

-submitted by Linda Kniffitz

Elaine M. Goodwin

‘Songs of the Desert’ (Touring exhibition, England )
i. The Street Gallery, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4ND, England.Thursday October 23 - Saturday December 20, 2014

ii. Wolfson Gallery, Library, School of African and Oriental Studies,  SOAS, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG London, England. January 26 - March 26, 2015
Artist's Statement
‘There is an invisible creator in the desert - the wind - which forms landscapes of continual change . . . The realisation that nothing in this world is permanent is one which has absorbed my thinking for many years. I use the qualities inherent within my materials of gold and glass to manipulate light and to try to fix for eternity something which I know, no longer exists . . . This is the real meaning and lesson of the desert convince us of the only certainty -death -  while telling us that there is only life and perpetual transformation.'  Elaine M. Goodwin. 2014

-submitted by Elaine M.Goodwin
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-submitted by Lila Abdul-Rahim
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