Return Island exhibition opens next week

 

Return Island posterDominique Ciancio exhibition at the Malta Society of Arts

The artist’s latest solo show, inspired by the divergence between dreams and reality on the island, opens next week at MSA’s seat Palazzo de La Salle in Valletta

Dominique Ciancio is a Malta-born artist who has been working as a freelance artist between Norway and Malta for the past 10 years. His solo exhibition, titled Return Island, will feature works that are mostly influenced by the consequences of recent flight restrictions where, like many others, the artist found himself bound to the island. The resulting moments of introspection prompted an urge to paint, inspired by the idea of ‘islands’ or people surrounded by water, and how that affects the way one thinks.

 “I chose Return Island as the title for this body of work because for some reason that name kept echoing in my mind while I spent more time here than in Norway during the pandemic. My memories of growing up on this Mediterranean island with its temperament and traditions intertwined with present realities of urbanisation and changing human relationships. This is what inspired many of the works,” explains Ciancio.

 Running between the 6 and 27 May 2021 at the Art Galleries of Malta’s oldest art institution the Malta Society of Arts (MSA), the show will consist of a series of paintings on canvas, linen or jute which are reminiscent of theatrical scenes or acts involving fictional protagonists within their surroundings. A selected number of preparatory works will also be exhibited alongside the finished works in the galleries.

 Propelled by his keen observation of local life and colourful characters, some of the works feature celebrations, more specifically how, out of habit, we may celebrate things that perhaps should not be celebrated, while the things that deserve to be celebrated are often overlooked. Ciancio admits that some works like The Sermon / Listen to Me! (Paniġierku / Ismagħni!) are the result of a good dose of irritation mixed with inspiration. “This combination gave birth to a number of works in this series. I also think that a sense of humour is crucial,” he shares. “I do laugh a lot while composing and working on the paintings, but then I like to mix different elements – the humorous, the tragic, and the dynamics between different personalities.”

 Curator Marit Anette Lurås describes Dominique’s particular style of painting as “figurative yet imaginary. It reminds me especially of the storytelling in films. For Return Island we hope that visitors will enjoy walking from one scene to another much like seeing stills of a movie and being able to make up their own stories along the way.”

 MSA President Arch. Adrian Mamo is proud that the MSA will be hosting its third exhibition since the beginning of the year. “Despite all the ups and downs of this pandemic, the MSA is determined to keep exhibiting high-quality art. We are taking all necessary safety measures to ensure that we accomplish our mission of supporting artists and their work,” he says.

 The exhibition of paintings Return Island by Dominique Ciancio is open from 6 to 27 May 2021 and can be visited during the Malta Society of Arts’ opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm, and Saturdays 9am to 1.30pm. Entrance is free subject to Covid-19 safety measures.For more information about the Malta Society of Arts and ‘Return Island’ please visit www.artsmalta.org or www.facebook.com/maltasocietyofarts.

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Courses to resume on Monday 12 April 2021

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Anna Calleja exhibition postponed

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HOMEBOUND by Anna Calleja is open!

Today Thursday 4 March 2021 we opened ‘HOMEBOUND’, an exhibition of paintings by Anna Calleja. You can visit the show until the 25 March 2021 at our Art Galleries, Palazzo de La Salle, 219 Republic Street, Valletta.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday 08.00hrs – 19.00hrs, Saturday 09.00hrs – 13.30hrs and closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Entrance is free, subject to Covid-19 measures.

Anna Calleja, Comfort Zone, oil on panel, 30x40cm, 2020

Anna Calleja, Fate, oil on panel, 30x40cm, 2020 Anna Calleja, Lucia and Nina Sleeping, oil on canvas, 40x40cm, 2020 Anna Calleja, Reflection in Mirror, oil on canvas, 20x25cm, 2020

 

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Our next exhibition announced!

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Homebound

Exhibition by Anna Calleja

Dates: 4 to 25 March 2021

Venue: Art Galleries, Palazzo de La Salle, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 08.00hrs – 19.00hrs
Saturday 09.00hrs – 13.30hrs
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Entrance is free
Subject to Covid-19 measures

For more info visit
https://artsmalta.org/events/homebound-exhibition-by-anna-calleja

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Madeleine Gera exhibition closes

The Madeleine Gera exhibition titled ‘Twilight’ closed on Saturday 16 January 2021 after an extension of 2 days to the original one-week run (4-14 Jan). The exhibition, which was curated by Marika Azzopardi, was very well-received by both public and critics alike and we would love to host Madeleine again in the future!

In the meantime here’s what our Art Galleries looked like adorned with Gera’s beautiful works… (click on the images for enlarged versions)

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Madeleine Gera exhibition extended!

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Madeleine Gera exhibition opens tomorrow!

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Madeleine Gera solo exhibition to open at the MSA

Celebrated local artist to exhibit 25 paintings in her solo exhibition at the Malta Society of Arts’ seat Palazzo de La Salle in Valletta for one week only

One of Malta’s top figurative artists Madeleine Gera will be holding a solo exhibition titled ‘Twilight’ at the Malta Society of Arts’ (MSA) seat Palazzo de La Salle in Valletta between the 7 and 14 January 2021. This first exhibition for the 2021 calendar of the state-of-the-art Galleries of the MSA will showcase 25 paintings by Gera.

A number of these oil paintings were created during the artist’s time in lockdown since March. The pandemic brought along with it the unexpected gift of time, which Gera used wisely to change plans, re-focus and create as much as she could. As a consequence, the exhibition will feature a variety of works depicting places and people viewed or re-viewed under lockdown, such as seaside scenes, gardens, markets, cafés, and interiors.

Following her last public show in 2019 at The Malta Postal Museum, where she had presented a collection of fine drawings, mainly nudes and portraits, Gera will now be exhibiting a selection of colourful oils inspired by the new situation which she found herself in due to the virus, with very few people out and about, coupled with new feelings and emotions brought on by the whole situation. The paintings will be a welcome sight for connoisseurs, who will be able to experience a different facet of this talented artist.

Some of Gera’s favourite pieces to be exhibited depict the Manoel Theatre and various characters from operas, reflecting her love for theatre and music: “All my paintings have their own story and it’s hard to pick some over others. However, I listen to operatic music when I’m working and this has brought forth portraits of three characters from operas which I’ve grown quite attached to: Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva and Carmen.”

Reflecting on her work as curator of this exhibition, Marika Azzopardi remarked: “My role as curator of Madeleine Gera’s solo exhibition has not just been your average curatorial experience, but one tinted with an experience of discovery. Gera’s works are incredibly suggestive of a deep sense of observation and introspection. Her choice of palette is delicate, determined and refined, and each painting is an experience unto itself.”

The exhibition will be open for one week only and art aficionados are encouraged to make the most of this short time. Entrance is free, subject to the Covid-19 safety measures being adopted by the Malta Society of Arts, including the use of masks and hand sanitisers, as well as the checking of temperatures, in order to safeguard all visitors.

‘Twilight’ by Madeleine Gera can be visited between 7-14 January 2021 from Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm, and Saturdays 9am to 2pm. Entrance is free subject to Covid-19 safety measures.For more information about Madeleine Gera please visit www.madeleinegera.com For more details about the exhibition please visit www.artsmalta.org/events or www.facebook.com/maltasocietyofarts.

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