Een detail van de kunstmozaïek

Belgium’s most beautiful mosaic art

The steps at the museum entrance will lead up to the largest – and in our humble opinion – most beautiful piece of mosaic art in Belgium. The Mosaico di Due studio is putting together a 76m², 480,000-piece jigsaw puzzle designed by the artist Marie Zolamian.

You’ll need a little patience before you can admire the finished mosaic, which will not be unveiled until the museum reopens. But we can offer you a preview at the studio where the work is being created.

The restoration of the KMSKA includes the treatment of the museum’s mosaic floors. One of them, however, was beyond saving: the floor at the top of the stairs leading up to the museum entrance. It is currently being replaced with what will be the largest piece of mosaic art in the country – a vast welcome mat in coloured stone.

The original floor had already been replaced in 1977 with a new one to mark Rubens Year. While this was based on the previous design, it was laid on top of a layer of concrete. Which immediately explains why the floor could not simply be restored like the others: the mosaic tiles were firmly anchored to the concrete.

Bold concept

This created the opportunity for a bold new idea: what if we were to choose a completely new design? Marie Zolamian (Beirut, 1975) was asked to come up with an original concept. Her first mosaic will also be Europe’s largest piece of mosaic art in the past 20 years. Zolamian studied fine art at the Royal Liège Academy and La Cambre in Brussels. She is fascinated by memory, heritage and the tension between reality and imagination. All these interests come together in her design for KMSKA’s new mosaic.

 

Zolamian immersed herself in the museum’s collection and history to help her conceive a vast welcome mat in stone. Little by little, she gathered a selection of works to which she was drawn instinctively, before combining them to create a unified whole.

Mozaïekleggers aan het werk
Hard at work Left: Sarah moistens the arrangement of mosaic tiles to get an idea of the final colour. Right: Gino cuts pieces of marble to size.

Artisanship

The renowned mosaic studio Mosaico di Due is hard at work turning Marie Zolamian’s design into stone. Its driving force, Gino Tondat, comes from a long line of Italian mosaic setters. Together with Sarah Landmeters, he has made Mosaico di Due Belgium’s market leader in traditional mosaics. In addition to this new design, Gino and Sarah’s firm have restored all the museum’s other mosaic floors.

 

They are currently preparing the new mosaic at their studio, tile by tile, and will lay it at the museum in the course of 2021.

Gino Tondat aan het werk in zijn mozaïekatelier
Mozaïek detail
Kunstmozaïek detail
Kunstmozaïek detail

The KMSKA’s new mosaic in figures

 

  • Area: 76m²
  • Weight: 3 tonnes 
  • Materials: 60 types of marble from all over the world and Murano glass
  • Number of tiles: 480,000 (the old mosaic had 187,500)
  • Hours of work: 6,000

With thanks to

Funding for this unique work of mosaic art comes from the art lover Richard Vander Linden’s bequest to the museum.

Keep up with the renovation

The renovation of the museum is a time-consuming project. A huge amount has already been achieved at the site, but there’s still plenty more to do. Because of that, we’re not announcing a reopening date for the time being.

So, what else still needs to be done? Good question! We’ve put together a review of which stages are complete and which are still ongoing.

KEEP UP WITH THE RENOVATION