The Summer Rendez-Vous in Burgundy
The Maison de la Mosaïque Contemporaine in Paray-le-Monial, the only place in France dedicated to this art, offers a programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
And every summer, the highlight of the year, this programme is completed by an international exhibition outside the walls of the Tour Saint-Nicolas, a former 16th century Gothic church in the heart of the historic centre of Paray-le-Monial.
Traits d'union: the 2022 summer exhibition
Mosaic art, which is undergoing a revival, has become an abundant art form, where the younger generations sometimes take unexpected paths where everything seems to be allowed.
As a counterpoint, the Maison de la Mosaïque contemporaine proposes this year to rediscover the work of three major mosaicists whose work has not been presented in Paray since the Icare exhibition in 2003.
The title chosen for the exhibition, "Traits d'union", illustrates the many points in common which link these three artists:
All three belong to the first generation of creative mosaicists, who appeared in the second half of the 20th century, and who, freeing themselves from the cardboard of a painter, chose mosaic, with its characteristics of techniques and materials, as their preferred mode of expression, without abandoning other artistic languages.
Trained at prestigious schools of fine arts in Venice, Ravenna and Paris, they belong to the "Ravenna School", heir to the famous Byzantine tradition and master of the "art of the tesserae". And even if they do not disdain the work of the mosaic craftsman for a living, they have been engaged for 50 years in continuous research and in the promotion of contemporary mosaics so that they may gain their rightful place in the contemporary art landscape.
In addition to these artistic "Traits d'union", there is a great closeness between three artists who have never ceased to cross paths, to confront each other, to enrich each other; between them a solid friendship has been sewn.
Three great maestros of contemporary mosaic will be present at the Saint Nicolas Tower this summer.