Mostra e Congresso A.I.A.S. - Edizione 2012

29-30 September 2012


XV National A.I.A.S. Congress
Edition 2012

National Exhibition of Suiseki

Bondeno di Gonzaga

Memorial "WILLI BENZ"

Report by Mrs.Daniela Schifano
Photo of Mr. Carlo Laghi and of Mrs. Luciana Queirolo

Photo Gallery Stones awarded (requires Flash Player)
Photo Gallery Other Stones (requires Flash Player)
This year our  Annual Congress, usual  itinerant  showcase of Members Stones who for one year have engaged  themselves in their research and preparation, has groved   of a deep sense of continuity and hope.
The location : Bondeno di Gonzaga, in the hearth of the  Emilia-Romagna  area  devasted  by  earthquake, where  the signs  on buildings   of the happened are still tangible.
The interpreters:  sole judge  of the event Mrs. Gudrun Benz,  wife  of Mr. Willi Benz,  who is missing  since last year  and to whose memory   the Congress was dedicated.
These two aspects  have both given  a special  and intense sense to the exhibition  of our stones , because, if an earthquake shakes violently  the souls  just like the loss of one’s  own life companion , in  reality  our  Congress  took place in the serenity arising  from the will to go on  for “ remembering”  and for  “being remembered”.
Willi Benz , of whom  I think it is abounding  to remember here  the long European   and International  career in the Bonsai and Suiseki  field , has  conducted  as judge  and as lecturer  many  of our Congress , in 2000, in 2004 and again  in 2007. We seemed  then  a natural continuation  of this long didactical relationship  to dedicate to him the 2012 Congress.

At right , the A.I.A.S. plate  in memory and thanks  of his precious activity  which Willi Benz has devoted to our Association. 
  So, the kind and easy attendance of Gudrun Benz  has allowed us to witness that “Willi is a full stop  for our learning . You have been his present  and protective  inspiration and now, you are his going forward”.
Tireless, enthusiastic, but also deeply touched , after the  Congress  has written us :” It has been a great consolation  to see that Willi  is not forgiven, that his stone art teaching  is appreciated by Italian Suiseki lovers”.
But our Congress should have not had  the same valency if it was  carried out in any other place ,as hosts of any other Club . The venue  had been  already chosen since last year , following the invitation of the Gonzaga Bonsai Club, and has been  confirmed even after the numerous  earth tremors  which have caused  death and civil and economic devastations , for the careful will of all the Organisms involved  in the organization to return as soon as possible to normality , to leave behind the fear  and to live as always  the annual  “ Grape Feast” organized by the “Bunden in Piasa” Association .
The damaged structures  are there to remember what happened and the difficulties  of the moment but …”The Grape Feast is and always shall be, a place where to spend moments of good time  tasting  good food, dancing to the music of a band and to converse with friends and acquaintances. This we want  to be, particularly in this moment,  where populations hardly knocked  by the earthquake  have surely need of material  helps but also to spend  moments in company trying to forgive and to resume a normal life.  
As we have  succeeded with all forces  to organize the 31st edition of our Feast , so our population will be able to bring back the calendar to before May 20th."   These the  words that President Bosi Vanni, who eagerly has renewed us the invitation  for the next year, and this is our moved thanks.
And  also thanks   to who  has made possible all this , to the friends of the Gonzaga Bonsai Club and to its president Mrs.Laura Redini, who  have displayed  the stage of our stones in the venue of the ex-primary  school’s palestra.

To Mrs. Laura Redini , in the photo near to Mrs. Gudrun Benz, we give a welcome in the A.I.A.S. : a new member  that since time, during the Gonzaga exhibition, does  her best  o give hospitality to us  and to our stones  with great friendship.

A.I.A.S. members  have replied  to these incentives  with an exceptional participation : a presence spread  from Spain to Switzerland      up to Sicily  and a total of 93 stones  registered among the 6 categories  admitted.
This edition has in facts experienced  the introduction, following a decision of the General Assembly,  of a new Category that of the “Pattern stones” ,  natural, neither worked nor polished stones , without an appreciable shape but with a surface marked by a significant drawing.
As per our didactics intention, on Sunday afternoon Mrs.Benz  has commented the stones in display, but for the great number of suiseki in exhibition she was compelled to limit herself to the awarded  stones only.

  Some moments  of the Congress :



The fitting




The opening ceremony





 The gala dinner , under the large big tent

The winner Mr. Attilio Valdifiori, and his Toyama-ishi

Moments of members General Meeting : all at school !


The pupils ….. somewhat grown- up

  The headmaster


The judge’s comment ...

  ... and the precious translator


All together !



The A.I.A.S. Trophy 2011 has been assigned to a landscape stone of Mr. Attilio Valdifiori, "Toyama-ishi"

A.I.A.S. Trophy 2012

The A.I.A.S. Trophy 2012

to the landscape stone of

Mr. Attilio Valdifiori



The suiseki who obtained the prizes for Category and UBI and IBS awards were: 

"Landscape Stones" Category

1° prize to

Mr. Ezio Piovanelli


2° prize to

Mr. Carlo Vanni



3° prize to
Mr. Mario Ferrari
"Water and wind games"
Shelves" Category

1° prize to

Mr. Sergio Bassi

"The sacre friendship"

2° prize to
Mr. Carlo Laghi
"And it is just autumn "


3° prize to

Mr. Claudio Villa

"September’s impressions"Liguria

Object Stones" Category

1° prize to

Mr. Cesare FumagalliLombardia

2° prize to
Mr. Angelo Attinà


3° prize to

Mr. Primangelo Pondini



"Biseki" Category

1° prize to

Mr. Giuseppe De Vita

"The caves of pirates"


2° prize to
Mr. Primangelo Pondini
"Time marker "
3° prize to
Mr. Amedeo Ducoli
"Ancient tree"
"Pattern Stones" Category


1° prize to Mr. Giuseppe Cordone

"Sea at night "


2° prize to
Mrs. Daniela Schifano
"Bamboo flutes on the shores"
3° prize to
Mrs. Pilar Guillen
"Stones to admire" category

1° prize to

Mrs. Luciana Queirolo

"The step of the giant tortoise "


2° prize to

Mr. Ulisse Maccaferri

"Wind urle shouting "

3° prize to
Mr. Marino Nikpal
"Reflections "
"I.B.S. Plaque" Award
Judge : Mr. Angelo Attinà

Mrs. Daniela Schifano

"Pattern Stones" Category

"Bamboo flutes on the shores"


"U.B.I. Plaque" Award
Judge : Mr. Marino Nikpal

Mr. Remo Cavalli

"Object Stones" Category

"Resting eagle"