AIMC Newsletter November 2014

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Letter from Edda Mally, President of the XIV International AIMC Conference of Contemporary Mosaic, May 2014, Vienna, Austria

XIV International AIMC Conference of Contemporary Mosaic, May 21st to 24th 2014 and the accompanying exhibition May 21st to 25th 2014

By Edda Mally, president of the congress

Dear Mosaic friends,

It was great pleasure for me to welcome you all in Vienna in occasion of the XIV International Conference of Contemporary Mosaic and the accompanying exhibition.

There were over hundred inquiries of participation at the conference, and 37 lecturers nominated. Nearly all of them were present and their presentations can be found in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition and the Conference.

A wide arch of themes were chosen as overviews of the development of mosaic in various countries, presentations of the artist´s own work as well as personal viewpoints regarding contemporary mosaic.

On Friday, May 23 rd 2014 a discussion with the theme: “AIMC and Mosaic today” took place in the Hall “Podium” of the Architectural Centre, Vienna, where also the exhibition of “Contemporary Mosaic” could be seen. It could have been expected that a solution regarding this problematic nature was not possible. The art history is rich of examples of how standpoints and acceptance change while time is passing by. When we go back only one hundred years, we find Klimt, Cezanne, Monet, Gauguin, Loos, Hoffmann and others in trouble of being accepted. And today – they are highly appreciated artists, masters of the classical modern period!

But someone can be happy, that people started thinking and talking about “what is Contemporary” and expressing their opinion in front of 40-50 people.

At the accompanying exhibition 64 artists of 27 nations participated.
The event entitled: “Mosaic in the Context of Contemporary Art” was inaugurated at the evening of May 21st 2014. It was the first exhibition of this kind in Vienna and Austria, as well as Middle and North of Europe. Circa 160 – 180 visitors followed the invitation. The curator of the exhibition, Edda Mally, was welcoming the guests. Jefferson Ramon, Brazil, using traditional music, performed an old sword – dance of Mesopotamia, where the first traces of mosaic were found. Nikos Tolis, AIMC President, addressed his best wishes of a successful exhibition to the visitors, followed by Mr. Achim Braun of the European Community, chapter Austria. He brought greetings of the European Community and mentioned the similarity between mosaic, consisting of many different materials and “tessere” and the European family consisting of many different nations.

To show that also the art of dance developed to another style of expression, Jefferson Ramon performed a modern version of dance using also modern music.

The exhibition was opened officially by Mag. Günther Schönberger, CEO Bildrecht.

The evening of the opening visitors as well as artists were encouraged to vote for the 3 best pieces on show. Although there were no prizes available but only a special created certificate, the interest which piece was chosen best, was high.

In the evening of Saturday, May 24th the result of the voting was announced:
1st place for Dougald MacInnes , Scotland and his work “Fold”
2nd place for Luciano Petris, Italy and his work. “Do not pretend not to see”
3rd place ex aequo: Sonia King, USA and her work ” Coded Message” and
Jo Kawamura, Brazil and her work :” Earth”.

In the following 4 days, May 22nd – to 25th .the exhibition was visited by almost 200 people, which is a very good result regarding the problematic subject of contemporary mosaic.

Now the mosaics are already at the Glass-Museum in Weigelsdorf, where the next opening shall take place on June, Friday 27th 2014. Unfortunately it had to be transferred back because of the opening of world championship in Brazil which would have been exactly the same day.

As it was mentioned several times already, it would be very beautiful to show the exhibition of contemporary mosaic also in other European countries, that means to work on a itinerary exhibition. But for this continuing project collaboration is absolutely needed. Whoever is interested in, please get in contact with me.

In the meantime please use my actual email address:
until a new website and address for the new project is created.

Let’s hope to meet again. Then I shall be free of any official duties and offer more personal contact.

With cordial greetings, best wishes from Vienna to you all and thank you for coming!



Ravenna promotes the third edition of the international festival of contemporary mosaic RavennaMosaico due on 2013 from 12th October to 23th November.

RavennaMosaico presents itself as a showcase of the best contemporary productions and offers thoughts on the vocation of the city, in the light of the candidature of Ravenna as European Capital of Culture for 2019. The event will involve the entire city and cultural institutions in a program dedicated to the contemporary mosaic, proposing in the most beautiful places of the historical center, exhibitions of artists from around the world, urban installations, performances, concerts, conferences, workshops, meetings, and guided tours.

For more information about the programme please click here

GAEM – Young Artists and Mosaic

Deadline of the GAEM Youg Artist and Mosaic Prize has been extended up to 28 May 2013.

Here you can find the notice of competition and the registration form updated

Mosaic’s biennium of the Academy of Fine Arts in Ravenna

Mosaic’s biennium of the
Academy of Fine Arts in Ravenna
Learning mosaic in the mosaic’s city

Do you have an academic degree?
Mosaic’s biennium offers an unique training: creativity and research of contemporary mosaic, with infinite possibilities for architecture, decoration, design and restoration of contemporary mosaics. You will have job opportunities in collaboration with architects in urban design’s projects or making objects of design. The biennium is based on mosaic’s workshop, contemporary mosaic restoration, workshops hold by artists as micromosaic sticked on jewellery, or as the one is about the environmental development of mosaic intervention.

• From the deep knowledge of materials to the environmental mosaic design;
• jewellery design and micromosaic;
• contemporary mosaic restoration and workshops of old mosaic restoration;
• integration with architecture.

Stages. Students can have workshops in mosaic’s laboratories in Italy and outside.
Partnership. Entrance to cultural exhibitions and public shows as: Mosaic’s biennale, Gold night Event, GAEM young artists and mosaics competition, Fondazione Ravennantica, CIDM international mosaic documentation centre, MAR.
Registration fees per year are 475 euro.

Download the program


To call the direction of the  International Association of Contemporary  Mosaicists AIMC :
tel/fax +39 0544 215004 –  tel. +39 0544 482766 or  cell.+39 366 3616369
Or write an email to the following address:
For info on the International Festival of Contemporary Mosaic RavennaMosaico: tel/fax +39 0544 215004  – tel.+39 0544 482766 – from 9.30 to 12.30 from Monday to Friday
or Comune di Ravenna +39 0544 482628



International Contemporary Mosaic Art Exibition 

©WA Worldartist Art Culture and People, Perseo Jewelry School Firenze, AGT and AIMC are pleased to invite the members of the association and not only,   to propose their own works for exhibitions that illustrate the relationship between the mosaic and the city, under the theme “Mosaic Reflections ” and to participate in the finalists’ exhibition at the Palazzo Esposizioni Comunale, where the Award ©MUSIWArt will be granted. The event will involve 1) exhibition spaces of the Metropolitan Area of Florence in a path dedicated to the contemporaneity of the  mosaic art and 2) the finalists’ exhibition, the ”Premio Internazionale ©MUSIWArt”, which will take place at the Galleria of the Palazzo Esposizioni Comunale, Florence.
We, therefore, invite you to fill out a request for participation and send it together with a brief description of your  activity, until March 30th, 2013. Artists from all over the world may participate with a maximum number of three artworks.

Venues: Florence (Palazzo Esposizioni Comunale) and Metropolitan area of Florence (Impruneta – Lastra a Signa – Pontassieve)

Dates: From June 1st till July 15th. Exhibitions  ©MUSIWA (Metropolitan area of Florence – Impruneta – Lastra a Signa – Pontassieve). From July 5th till July 16th. Palazzo Esposizioni Comunale Exhibition of  Premio ©MUSIWArt Finalists, Florence.

OpenCall for participation click here

For further information

Tendenza Mosaico 2013 Pordenone Call for participation

Here you can find the call for participation for the Fourth Prize for Mosaic And Architecture





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AIMC’s 13th Congress – Cyprus

Dear Members of AIMC,

From the 28th to the 30th of September 2012 the AIMC’s International Congress took place in the city of Athienou, Cyprus, at the Congress Palace of the city (also known as Callinikeio’s Museum), under the executive presidency of Soula Christou.
More than one hundred and twenty people attended the event; among them artists, archaeologists, experts of Mosaic and Cypriot school teachers.
During the 3-day-Congress, 36 speakers presented their works. The scene was dominated by: the works of the Contemporary Mosaic artists, the mosaics presented  at the second edition of “Ravenna Mosaico”, the mosaics exposed at the “First International Prize for Young Artists and Mosaic of Ravenna”, the themes based on the ancient mosaics of the Island, and, last but not least, the educational programs followed by Cypriot Schools.
Whilst Congress works  took place, Cyprus also had the greatest pleasure of hosting a Mosaic Exhibition, joined by several artists coming from all over the world.
During AIMC’s General Assembly, which followed the Congress,  the Chairman of the Association, Mr. Manfred Hoehn, resigned from presidency, after having held this position for 12 years; he moreover presented a final report through which he focussed on the highlights of all the activities that were carried out during his chairmanship.
The Chairman himself, as well as showing great satisfaction for Cyprus’ Congress of Mosaicists, enthusiastically approved the election of Nikos Tolis as AIMC’s new Chairman.. Mr. Tolis is Greek, and comes from Athens; he is an accomplished mosaicist and studied in the city of Ravenna, Italy, for a very long period during which he considerably deepened the knowledge of the Italian language.
Besides that, Nikos was the executive President of the  last Congress held in Athens, a role for which he gained much acclaim.
Finally, by the initiative of  Soula Christou to organise the Congress in Cyprus and by the significant number of  local artists and academics who participated, it became obvious the interest for the mosaic art in the Island, an interest  which increases constantly the last years.
We wish to sincerely thank all the people who got involved in the whole organizational process for their efforts, as well as for their warm hospitality!

Rosanna Fattorini