MUŻA, the National Community Art Museum, on behalf of Heritage Malta and Arts Council Malta, the main organizing bodies, with full cooperation of the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade along with the Malta Tourism Authority, are hosting the first Malta Art Biennale.
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white sea olive groves
white sea olive groves – an imagining of an array of whites from ancient and contemporary times, shaped into a vast cradle within which civilisation relishes myriads of cultures, art, and diversity: a visual festa inspired by a process of formulating new narratives for the region.
Narratives that confront the horrendous stink of death by drowning; narratives that can defeat discourse fuelling fundamentalism and nationalism – a choral ‘hymn to the universe’, celebrating peace and harmony, defying war(s) with olive branches in hand, gleaned from the evergreen olive groves of the Mediterranean, blending with the sparkling whiteness of the seas that surround them: a provocative artistic initiative inviting a rethink of global mindsets about art and society, emanating from the deep south of the European continent.
Taking place between March and May 2024, Malta’s art biennale will coincide with the turn of spring, a glorious time of year that sees the Mediterranean island bloom with warm weather and extended hours of daylight.
The islands’ culturally rich festa season also gets underway as village parishes celebrate patron saints with week-long festivities that include elaborate religious ceremonies, marching band processions, masterful firework displays, and many other traditional activities. Several other popular arts and cultural events and festivals are held around Malta and Gozo at this time of year.
With a long and rich history that spans all the way back to Neolithic times, the Maltese islands have been at the centre of cultural encounters within the Mediterranean since the dawn of civilisation. The Maltese identity reflects this colourful past: from the seafaring Phoenicians to the British Empire’s colonial rule, the islands are a living, breathing testament to the importance of cultural and historical heritage.
Maltabiennale.art will transform some of the islands’ most beloved historic sites and outdoors areas into stages for artistic creations and expressions.
The capital Valletta is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site that together with its neighbouring harbour cities of Birgu, Bormla, and Isla forms a treasure box of majestic palazzos, forts, churches, museums, and more. While sister island Gozo, with its emerald hills dotted with quaint villages, retains an idyllic rural charm.
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Organising Bodies & Collaborators
maltabiennale.art is a Heritage Malta initiative through MUŻA, the Malta National Community Art Museum, in partnership with Arts Council Malta under the Patronage of H.E. the President of Malta and UNESCO. The biennale is also presented in cooperation with the Ministries for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government, and Gozo, as well as with Visit Malta, Malta Libraries, MCAST, Festivals Malta and the Valletta Cultural Agency.
The Themes of the Main Pavilion
Learn about the 4 themes of the main pavilion including Can You Sea?: The Mediterranean as a political body – Malta Biennale; The Counterpower of Piracy – Malta Biennale; Decolonising Malta: Polyphony Is Us – Malta Biennale and The Matri-archive of the Mediterranean – Malta Biennale
Meet the diverse and talented artists of the maltabiennale.art! Explore their unique visions and masterpieces that are shaping the contemporary art scene. From bold innovations to classical inspirations, each artist brings a world of creativity and cultural richness.