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Art Discussion Group - Malta


Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition - Malta


‘Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition’ is a large collection of works by Maltese sculptors that documents roughly 100 years (1915-2015) of local expression in bronze, wood, gesso, fibre, papier mâché, ceramics, terracotta, stone and metal. The event will be introduced by its curator E. V. Borg and inaugurated by Mariella Pisani Bencini on Friday 20th February 2015 at Cavalieri Art Hotel, St. Julians. The exhibition will close on the 25th of March 2015.

E. V. Borg was involved in four comprehensive Exhibitions of Maltese Contemporary Sculpture: Maltese Sculpture & Ceramics, Fenici Gallery, Valletta, March/April 1981; An Idiom in Wood, Cathedral Museum, Mdina, Maltafest, July/August 1992; An Exhibition of Ceramics, Cavalieri Art Hotel, St. Julians, March/April 2011 and the current exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, Cavalieri Art Hotel, February/March 2015.

The event is the result of a lifetime research on local art history and criticism and reflects the influence of known and less well known masters who taught the subject or were the heads of the local School of Art. These include Vincenzo Cardona, Antonio Micallef, Vincent Apap, George Borg, Samuel Bugeja, Anton Agius, Joseph Casha and Joseph Chetcuti.

Naturally it also reflects the profound vision and concept of Antonio Sciortino whose overwhelming influence surfaces in the work of John Spiteri Sacco All these sculptors are directly represented or are keenly felt in the work of their students.

Although not exhaustive the exhibition is tangible and material evidence of the dogged persistence and steel determination by local sculptors in the face of adversity, life’s vicissitudes and at times insurmountable difficulties.

A catalogue is being compiled to document the 40 sculptors and their work while Cavalieri Art Hotel will invite the public to an exposition on the subject by E. V. Borg who will supplement his views by leading the audience around the various sections of the exhibition.