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    In an exhibition sponsored by the Italian Embassy in Cairo and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, the ancient art of mosaics is being presented in a new and exciting framework of modern architecture.

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    In an exhibition sponsored by the Italian Embassy in Cairo and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, the ancient art of mosaics is being presented in a new and exciting framework of modern architecture. Mosaics are assemblages of pieces of brightly coloured glass or stone in natural or abstract designs. Because the materials used are durable and not given to changes in form or colour over the ages, mosaics have been called the "true sternal painting." Mosaic constructions date all the way back to the Roman and Byzantine empires and they are currently being used as mural decorations to enhance architectural structures.

    The current exhibition brings together the works of nineteen artists including some by the noted artist Marc Chagall.

    SYNOPSIS: An exhibit of contemporary mosaics is currently on display in Cairo. The show, co-sponsored by the Italian Embassy and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, brings together the works of nineteen artists practicing the ancient art.

    Mosaics are assemblages of stone or glass in natural or abstract patterns. Mosaic constructions date all the way back to the Roman Empire and because they retain their bright colours throughout the ages, they have been called "the true and eternal painting"... These are some by the noted artist Marc Chagall.

    An artist rarely executes a mural decoration by himself. Today, as in the distant past, there are painters who create the designs and mosaicists who give expression to the designers ideas of form and colour.

    The aim of the Cairo exhibit is to show the revival of the art of mosaics in the framework of modern architecture. Some mosaics are currently being used as wall murals to enhance modern buildings and some become an inseparable part of the architecture itself, bringing added life to the building by breaking the monotony of concrete walls.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3VFH642J7DV54EYBO6TCDL52D
    Media URN:
    VLVA3VFH642J7DV54EYBO6TCDL52D
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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