Colors of the Romans
27 April - 15 September
Centrale Montemartini Museum, Rome
The “Colors of the Romans” exhibition at Centrale Montemartini, one of Rome’s great museums, hopes to attract tourists to the Italian capital through this lesser-known but varied selection of mosaics just as bars, restaurants and other non-essential businesses and shops reopen after months due to the pandemic.
The exhibition is divided into four sections: the first showcases the history and mosaic techniques; the second deals with luxury in ancient Rome; the third explores the mosaic’s sacred function and the fourth shows how it was used in burials and cemeteries.
Among those on display are seabed mosaics with fish, crustaceans and mollusks on, dating back to 1st century BC and uncovered in Rome in 1888. Having survived to this day, the mosaics showcase the Romans’ fine tastes in decoration and how they used those large mosaics to ward off bad luck or win the favor of the gods.
A part of the exhibition, which runs until Sept. 15, is dedicated to the Basilica Hilariana, a sanctuary for the cult of Cybele and Attis built in the 1st century AD with a donation from Rich merchant Manius Publicius Hilarus. The building had mosaics preserved to the present day, such as those reading “May the gods be favorable to those who enter here.” It was a message for the faithful and pilgrims who came to the sanctuary that also had its entrance decorated with mosaics of an eye pierced by an arrow. EFE
Italy showcases mosaics dating back to ancient Rome - La Prensa Latina Media
Antioch Reclaimed: Ancient Mosaics
at the Museum of Fine Arts
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
10 April - 22 August, 2021
31 March 2021
A new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts is presenting the famed 1930s excavation
of the ancient city of Antioch through rare documents, artifacts,
and the exquisite mosaics that were discovered during the archaeological dig.
Antioch Reclaimed: Ancient Mosaics at the MFA (April 10–August 22, 2021) features five geometric mosaic pavements, which date from the 2nd to the 5th centuries AD, from the MFA Collection.
'House of the Drinking Contest' Mosaic Among Restored Artifacts From the Ancient City of Antioch... - ArtfixDaily News Feed
PREVIOUS MOSAIC EXHIBITIONS
Fragments of Light
an exhibition of mosaics
by Elaine M. Goodwin
Maison de la Culture, Diekirch, Luxembourg
8 May - 30 May 2021
Created over the last ten years, each work in this new exhibition by the English artist Elaine M Goodwin, is composed with cut fragments of light-reflecting materials - precious mosaic golds and glass. The individually cut fragments (the tesserae), like words in a poem, play a vibrant and singular part in each completed work. The artist is constantly seeking out the wonder of life - a daily search for its essence. She explores nature and abstract concepts to enable the meaning of existence to be revealed and then translates what she finds into works redolent with light. Her artworks encapsulate moments of pure wonderment - to be experienced again and again in the ever changing surface of the works as the spectator looks deeper. It is a life-affirming vision...
‘Il / Elle’ ‘He / She’
Exhibition by Elaine M. Goodwin
6 July 2020 - 30 April 2021
Artist’s statement “To look at ourselves: our Human Form, our depiction through art of ourselves in different times and cultures and to translate our looking into fragments of marble, and glass...and to return again to look... It can evoke both the eternal and the absurd!”
4 Place de l’Église
Open Sundays in the summer
from 2 pm to 6 pm
For visits at other times
phone: 09 86 42 38 60
For Goodwin, the representation of the “He” and the “She” was a progressive journey initiated by the history of sculpture, painting and mosaic. She has continuously explored expressions of the male and the female - and the intermingling of the two.
This exploration continues to absorb her,
and almost every year from the 1990s
to the present she has added a new work to a series alled He/She.
Journeying to Light:
the Mosaics of Elaine M. Goodwin
Wed 10 April to Sun 23 June 2019
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
& Art Gallery
Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX, England
Open Tues to Sun, 10am to 5pm.
Closed Bank Holidays
‘My work is about light.
For all who look, at each and every moment, light is held, captured, and let go -
continually and continuously.
It is, for me, a sublime engagement.’
Celebrating 40 years of the mosaic art of Elaine M Goodwin,
this exhibition brings together over thirty luminous mosaics
to chart the experiences, places and beliefs that have inspired Elaine’s work.
Photo: Detail from Impotentia (quadriptych) 2019 Elaine M Goodwin
Photo credit: Sonja van Driel
COUCHES GALLERY, FRANCE
FROM SATURDAY 2 JUNE TO SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER 2018
This exhibition featured an improvised arrangement of new and recent works, both 2D and 3D,
by five very well-known international mosaic artists.
Lucio Orsoni, (Venice) Edda Mally (Austria) Annik Chaima (France)
Dugald McInnes (Scotland) and Elaine M Goodwin (England)
Works by five master-artists of mosaic from five different countries,
created a visually rhythmic and harmonic arrangement of colour, medium, shape and materials.
The result presented a discourse between light and shade,
the internal and the external, stillness and movement, depth and surface play.
Like a jazz quintet; individually each art work extolled a singular voice for mosaic
and together they sang of the wonders and magic within their medium.
Gallery address: 4 Place de L’Eglise, 71490 COUCHES, FRANCE
Telephone +33 (0) 986 423 860
For more information or to email visit:
2016 Spilimbergo Italy
XV International AIMC Congress:
May 18 - 21, 2016 Spilimbergo - Italy
The Mosaic in Contemporaneity
This very important AIMC event was held in 2016 in Spilimbergo,with the organizational collaboration of an exceptional institution: the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli.
for more information click here
Ravenna Mosaico 2015
Ravenna and the AIMC (International Association of
Contemporary Mosaicists) promoted the Fourth Edition of
the International Festival of Contemporary Mosaic,
The event took place from October 10 to November 8, 2015
and it hosted exhibitions, conferences, lectures, presentations of publications related to mosaic, and scientific studies related to the development of contemporary mosaic.
Glories in Gold & Glass
Mosaics & Ecclesiastical Art Study Day
St Paul's Cathedral Collections Department: Activities & Events
Friday, 13 November 2015
by the Museum of London
on the 13th November 2015
The mosaics in St Paul's Cathedral are one of the most unexpected and intriguing aspects of any visit. The scale and ambition of the scheme is awe-inspriting in itself. This study day looked at the wider context of the St Paul's Cathedral mosaics. Inspired by the renaissance of mosaic work in the nineteenth century which brought the vibrant colour and imagery to the walls and ceilings of St Paul’s, the speakers included:
Dr Heike Zech, Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum: 'The Willaim Blake Richmond Mosaic Cycle at St Paul's'
Simon Carter, Head of Collections at St Paul's Cathedral: 'The Mosaics in a Collections Context'
Dr Ayla Lepine, Art and Architectural Historian: 'Stylistic Revivals in Nineteenth Century Church Interiors'
Lou Ashon, Conservator: 'The Conservation of the Fitzrovia Chapel mosaics'
Tessa Hunkin, Practising Mosaicist: 'Westminster Cathedral Mosaics Past and Present'
David Toothill, Artistic Director at Southbank Mosaics: 'Contemporary Mosaic Commissions in London'
A film premiere - The Making of the Queenhithe Mosaic
This Study was part of the St Paul's Mosaics Project
OTHER MOSAIC EXHIBITIONS
Ciel gallery and mosaic studio
in South Charlotte,
North Carolina, USA
The gallery offers monthly juried shows, each involving 30-40 different artists. It features both local artists and artists from all over the world who use an array of media, including jewellery, pottery, metal sculptures, paintings and glass mosaics.
All four gallery partners are working artists, each with a different speciality. Pam Goode, Teresa Hollmeyer and Vick Hanson-Burkhart are mosaic artists. Tina Alberni is a mixed artist who specializes in painting. They all offer classes and workshops in their areas of expertise.
Ciel also offers visiting artist workshops, providing local artists with an opportunity to learn from well-known artists from around the country.
Ciel Gallery and Mosaic Studio is at 136 E. Park Ave. in Charlotte.
For information click www.cielcharlotte.com.
Chedworth Roman mosaics to go on display
One of the longest in-situ Roman mosaics in Britain
is to go on display for the first time in 150 years at Chedworth
Roman Villa, Gloucestershire.
BBC News Gloucestershire
27 December 2011
Archaeologists uncovered the mosaic and others
as part of a £3m redevelopment. They said they had known
for many years there were more than those already on display
inside two Victorian-built timber sheds. The mosaics will go
on show inside a new conservation shelter at the site, which
is owned by the National Trust.
National Trust archaeologist Martin Papworth said
the mosaics had been seen and noted during Victorian excavations.
"Only two areas were put on display under the old shelters,"
he said. "However, when we did some work to check on their
condition we were concerned that frost and weather were affecting
them and it was agreed they could be better protected by building
a new environmentally controlled shelter over that whole section
of the villa and excavating them for display."
The mosaics include one of the longest in-situ corridor mosaics
in the country, which is 35m (115ft) long. It will go on display
under a special walkway allowing visitors to walk just above
the Roman floor. One remaining section of the corridor mosaic
will be excavated next summer.
Conservator Chris Cleere said: "The mosaics
were wet when they were excavated and now they are safe inside
the new building we will let them dry out and see what happens.
Then we can assess what type of work we need to do over next
summer for the long term conservation. In the short term we
will clean the mosaics, stabilise them and prepare them for
display to the first visitors."
The new conservation shelter, a redeveloped visitor
facility and a new education centre will be officially opened
on 4 March.
Mosaic artworks go on display in "Green
More than 125 mosaics can be found in the sunken garden on
Loch Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man
by Tessa Hawley
They are part of an initiative called "Garey
Glass – Green Garden" which aims to encourage environmental
responsibility. The sunken garden has a "recycle-reuse-reduce"
theme and as well as the mosaics, which have been made using
recycled material, features a pathway constructed from recycled
Community arts specialist Debra Tracey worked
with local charities and voluntary groups to create the mosaics
for the garden. She said: "Garey Glass has been a tremendous
community effort involving people of all ages and abilities.
"I held a number of work sessions in the
run up to the launch and it was wonderful to see whole families,
from very young children to grandparents, getting involved with
making the mosaics - every single piece of which has been used
which makes the project truly inclusive.
"We've used as much recycled material as
possible, right down to the jars and containers for the eco-art
classes, and we found all kinds of creative ways to reuse plastic
carrier bags - even for making the 'ribbon' cut by the deputy
mayor at the opening."
Chris Pycroft, development manager for the Douglas
Development Partnership said: "Garey Glass has brought
added interest and a new sense of community to the sunken gardens
which are magnificently maintained by the council's parks section.
"The mosaics will bring colour to the garden
during the months when the flowers have died down while the
LED lighting gives life to the space at night so this is very
much a garden for all seasons and all hours."
The project has been funded by the environmental
charity Groundwork which uses the profits of the Marks and Spencer
carrier bag charge and Douglas Borough Council and the Douglas
TE-21 EXHIBITING GROUP LAUNCHED
TE-21 (Tessellated Expression for the 21st century),
a new exhibiting group, was launched in Chartres, France, on
25 October 2008 by four mosaic artists, each internationally
recognised. They were Elaine M. Goodwin (England), Dugald MacInnes
(Scotland), Lucio Orsoni (Italy) and Toyoharu Kii (Japan).
The launch took place under the aegis of the Association
Les 3R, which organises the biennial Rencontres Internationales
de la Mosaique in Chartres.
Lucio Orsoni of Orsoni Mosaics fame spoke animatedly
of proposals for future exhibitions. Dates have yet to be arranged
but watch this space!
To learn more about TE-21 see our News
Item on the launch of the group.
THE GILBERT COLLECTION
AT THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM
This outstanding collection of decorative art is
one of the most important bequests ever made to the British nation.
It was the gift of Sir Arthur Gilbert, who was born in London and
settled in California in 1949. The collection was originally displayed
in Los Angeles but then found a home for some years in the palace
of Somerset House, on the north bank of the Thames by Waterloo Bridge.
This magnificent building used to be the home of the Inland Revenue,
but happily the taxman made way, first for the Courtauld Collection,
and then for this magnificent addition, Sir Arthur's collection
of European silver, gold snuff boxes, furniture, clocks, miniatures
- and Italian mosaics. These treasures are now to be seen at the
The mosaics are of two kinds; Florentine "pietra dura"
(opus sectile miniature pictures made of plain and polychrome marble
and semi-precious stones) and micro-mosaics. These evolved in Rome
in the late 18th century as souvenirs for rich tourists making the
Grand Tour. The glass threads of which they are made are so small
as to be barely visible as individual tesserae.
To see more about Sir Arthur Gilbert, his life and the
collection go to our Gilbert
Collection article on the feature pages.