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Decadence, Now – Exhibition as part of City of Art

12 May, 2023 | 9:00 am - 31 May, 2023 | 7:00 pm

Decadence, Now

As part of the City of Art series of events

Decadence, Now. is an exhibition of artworks, objects, music and paraphernalia from the Decadent movement, curated by Andrew Borg Wirth.
This project claims, to a great extent, that the critical study of decadence should not be confined to its traditional association with morbidity, a cult of artificiality, exoticism and aestheticism. Although these topics dominate the thematic texture of the decadent movement, as well as its lasting influence upon twentieth-century culture, they also continue to fuel a whole new wave of contemporary decadence in visual culture. ‘Decadence, Now.’ argues that decadence is more than a movement or compendium of transgressive themes and images by which it is usually identified; it is a zeitgeist which has been carried on well into the twenty-first century, as it continues to discuss the future of the end of world.
Reacting Artists: Andrew Borg Wirth, Luke Azzopardi, Michael Zerafa & Maria Theuma.
Dates: 11.05.2023 – 31.05.2023
Opening times:
Mondays to Fridays: 9am to 7pm
Saturdays: 9am to 7.30pm
Sundays: 9am to 1pm & 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta
Admission: Free
This event is supported by Arts Council Malta, Valletta Cultural Agency, Malta Society of Arts, Embassy of France, Embassy of Germany, Embassy of Italy, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Embassy of Austria, Embassy of Spain, Camilleri Paris Mode, Heritage Malta, Virgata Ltd, MAVENRY, Department of Art & Art History (University of Malta), Department of English (University of Malta), MAPFRE Middlesea, SA Consult, Von Peach, Museum of Lower Austria, Transcripta, Intervisions, Casa Rocca Piccola, Artemisia Fine Arts & Antiques, Felicien Rops Museum, Express Trailers and The National Archives of Malta is under the patronage of Valeria Limentani and Jordi Goetstouwers of the Virgata Group.
Poster illustration by Rebecca Bonaci.


12 to 31 May 2023


Art Galleries of the Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta

Opening Hours

Mondays to Fridays: 9am to 7pm
Saturdays: 9am to 7.30pm
Sundays: 9am to 1pm & 6pm to 7.30pm

Entrance Fee



12 May, 2023 | 9:00 am
31 May, 2023 | 7:00 pm


Palazzo de La Salle
Republic Street
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