Abu Dhabi Opens Mosaic of Marks, Words, Material Exhibition

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The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) opened the Mosaic of Marks, Words, Material exhibition at Zayed Central Library in Al Ain, which has been organised in collaboration with civic centres in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia.

Open until 14 November, the exhibition presents drawing as the language through which children express themselves and tell their stories. The exhibition mainly highlights the art of smart mosaics, as it includes several artworks that tell remarkable stories.

“The exhibition explores the intricacies involved in mosaic art, how little coloured stones transform into magnificent shapes and graphics and artworks, capable of depicting various subjects inspired by heritage, history, nature, and everything around us; the possibilities are endless!” said Al Ali. “Mosaics are creative, historical works that continue to exude elegance in spite of the advent of progress and modern technology, having never once lost their lustre. To this day, they continue to remain an immortal art form.”

Al Ali added: “The exhibition comes in line with our vision at DCT Abu Dhabi for making art an essential component in the lives of Abu Dhabi’s local community. We hope that our community will continue to benefit from the expertise provided by the workshops that will be held in parallel with this exhibition.”

The Reggio Emilia Approach educational system posits that children have hundreds of languages and ways to think and express themselves and perceive things. The educational experience in Reggio Emilia opened the door for dialogue and exchange of knowledge with more than 140 countries and regions.

Kindergartens and children’s schools in Reggio Emilia employ a special educational approach for children up to six years old, which is characterised by its modern thinking methods and deep commitment to research and experimentation. This project revolves around a concept that believes children have great potential and as people with rights who tend to observe and document educational processes, and to discuss and exchange opinions.

Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach, dedicated himself to promoting a new educational philosophy based on the “hundred languages” theory, which assigns great value to the potential, energy, and intelligence of children.

“Reggio Children is honoured to have this opportunity for dialogue with Abu Dhabi, a country which is highly attentive and sensitive towards culture and education,” said Giudici. “Hosting the exhibition-atelier, promoted by Reggio Children and Reggio Emilia’s municipal infant-toddler centres and preschools, in such a prestigious place, the Zayed Central Library in Al Ain City, is a choice for the future: sharing the message of a new culture of childhood, capable of valuing the competencies, intelligences and creativity of human beings, from their very earliest years of life.

“The intention of this exhibition is to witness how drawing, and telling stories in words, also means imagining, analysing, exploring spaces, forms, and colours. It means exploring words, metaphors and emotions, and entering a dimension of narrative. The exhibition seeks to convey the cognitive richness, and the richness of expression, which are generated by children’s drawings, materials and words.”

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