Barcelona 2017

Welcome to the Barcelona ICCM Conference

Barcelona, October 15-20, 2017First circular and call for papers, posters and videos

The 13th Conference of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM) will be held in Barcelona, October 15-20, 2017, at the invitation of the Barcelona Archaeological Service, a municipal body of the Institut de CulturaBarcelona City Council, with support from the Getty Foundation.

What Comes To Mind When You Hear Mosaic?

Conserving Mosaics From Ancient To Modern.

With this question, we aim to engage in a debate about the materials and techniques used in an artistic and functional expression that architecture has incorporated in all its varied forms: pavements, murals, roofs; for both interiors and exteriors. Used as a decorative technique, we find mosaics in a wide variety of spheres, which the conference aims to promote and disseminate. Because it is not just tesserae mosaics or the Roman opus sectile that defines our heritage; or pebble pavements, the oldest and most traditional kind.

Now, we would like to highlight Art Nouveau mosaics, with the incorporation of the trencadís technique, as well as other less known techniques. The idea is also to debate about the introduction of materials produced in the 20th century – natural cements and Portland cement – the production of hydraulic mosaics, Nolla mosaics and more. All of this, of course, with an eye to their appreciation, conservation and dissemination.

In addition, papers are invited to address the following sub-themes: Methods of survey and documentation; Conservation and management of mosaics; Presentation and display; Education and training; Best practice case studies.

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