HERITAGE MALTA

CULTURAL CALENDAR
May 2013

Exhibitions
Temple and Tomb: Prehistoric Malta, 3600-2500 BCE (New York) Int Min Int? Who are You? HM Bateman: The Man Who Loved Gozo Mattia Preti – Faith and Humanity 21 March – 7 July 29 March – 5 May 12 April – 31 May 4 May – 7 July

Events
Public Lecture: Mattia Preti Contemporaneo - Lectio Magistralis Gallery Talks Series: Mattia Preti – Faith and Humanity Free entry to Citadel Museums during Lejlet Lapsi – Notte Gozitana Life at Sea Excavation Open Weekend at Roman Baths 2 May Through May and June 10-11 May 19 May 1-2 June

HM Members
HM Members’ Tour of Preti Exhibition Weekends Free Entry to Preti Exhibition 17 May Sat & Sun 4 May – 7 July

Education
Mattia Preti’s Workshops 17 May & 31 May

Volunteering Opportunity
Take part in the Excavations at Ghajn Tuffieha Roman Baths and Ta’ Bistra Catacombs Oct 2012 – Oct 2013

Recent Publications
Mattia Preti: Faith and Humanity - Catalogue Mattia Preti: Beyond the Self-Portrait The Inquisitor’s Palace: an architectural gem spanning centuries and styles Henry Mayo Bateman (1887-1970) - The Man who… Loved Gozo Sandro Debono & Giuseppe Valentino Sandro Debono & Giuseppe Valentino Intro. By Prof. Mario Buhagiar. Bernadine Scicluna (ed.)

In the Media
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21 March – 7 July Temple and Tomb: Prehistoric Malta, 36002500 BCE (New York) Organized by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University in collaboration with Heritage Malta. Exhibition of funerary and ritual objects pertaining to the late temple period. Exhibition includes sculptures in stone and clay, decorative architectural reliefs, historic drawings, watercolors, and photographs. At the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, New York. For further information visit http://isaw.nyu.edu/exhibitions/malta/maltaexhibit-info

29 March – 5 May Int Min Int? – Who Are You? Ten works from the Reserve Collection chosen to represent people living in Malta both from past and present. The main exhibits are portrait busts by twentieth-century pioneers, including Antonio Sciortino, George Borg and Vincent Apap. Opening times: 9.00hrs – 17.00hrs (last entry: 16.30hrs). At the National Museum of Fine Arts, South Street. Entrance Free.

12 April – 31 May HM Bateman: The Man who Loved Gozo Exhibition of works by HM Bateman. Focusing mainly on the watercolours he produced during his time in Gozo, the exhibition also makes reference to his output as a popular British cartoonist. At the Ministry for Gozo. Opening times: Mon-Fri 8.3016.30hrs, last entry 16.00hrs.

2 May Mattia Preti Contemporaneo – Lectio Magistralis A public lecture in Italian by Prof. Luigi Tassoni from the Universita’ di Pecs. At the Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta at 18.30hrs. This event is free.

4 May – 7 July Mattia Preti – Faith and Humanity Opening on Mattia Preti’s 400th birthday, this exhibition is the product of a joint collaboration between the National Museum of Fine Arts and Museo Civico di Taverna, with paintings loaned from leading European Institutions, including the Prado (Spain), the Louvre (Paris), Museo di Capodimonte (Naples),Musei Vaticani (the Vatican, Rome), Uffizi(Florence). At the Palace State Rooms, Grand Masters Palace, Valletta. Opening times: 10.00-16.30hrs. Prices including entry to The State Rooms: Adults €8; Concessions €5; Prices including entry to The State Rooms and Palace Armoury: Adult €12; Concessions €8; Family ticket (2+2) €20; Family ticket (2+1) €18. HM Members – Free on Saturday and Sunday; Weekdays - €5. For additional information please visit: http://heritagemalta.wordpress.com/mattia-pretifaith-and-humanity/.

17 May HM Members’ Evening Tour of Mattia Preti – Faith and Humanity Join Senior Curator Sandro Debono and HM Exhibitions Manager Pierre Bonello on a behindthe-scenes tour of the exhibition Mattia Preti – Faith and Humanity. The tour will not only give insights on the paintings and the life of Preti, but also describe the work behind the setting up of this prestigious exhibition. Time: At 19.00hrs. This event is Free. Limited places. For HM Members only. Tickets may by acquired from all HM sites and museums as from 3 May.

May & June Gallery Talks: Mattia Preti – Faith and Humanity A series of Friday evening gallery talks in conjunction with this exhibition. Experts from different fields will discuss themes surrounding the work of Mattia Preti. Time: 18.00 – 20.30hrs. Price: Entry to the exhibition. For further information please visit http://heritagemalta.wordpress.com/mattia-preti-faithand-humanity/

10 - 11 May Free entry to Citadel Museums during Lejlet Lapsi – Notte Gozitana The four Citadel Museums: Gozo Museum of Archaeology, Gozo Nature Museum, Old Prison and Folklore Museum will open free of charge after hours during the 2 nights of Lejlet Lapsi – Notte Gozitana. Time 19:00hrs till midnight.

19 May Life at Sea Warning: Not for landlubbers! Live sword fighting and the firing of muskets, hand cannons and other artillery to shiver ye timbers. A must for all lovers of pirates, ship lore and those with a keen interest in life at sea in Malta in the 15th, 18th and 19th centuries. Immerse yourself in the experience and top it all with home-made grub, following 18th century recipes. Times: 09.00 – 17.00hrs (last entry: 16.30 hrs). Entrance Free.

17 May Mattia Preti’s Workshop 1
Become an artist for a day and join senior conservator Ray Spiteri, who has worked on the conservation of Preti paintings, as he takes you through Mattia Preti’s manufacturing techniques for Oil Painting on Canvas Participants will work off a preliminary drawing, mix their own colours and paint their own masterpiece after Preti, taking their finished work home with them. Time: 10.00 - 14.00hrs. Price: € 25. Includes all materials and a tour of the Preti exhibition. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites and museums. Limited places. For further information on these workshops please contact HM Education Programmes on 23954 202.

31 May Mattia Preti’s Workshop 2
Become an artist for the day and join senior conservator Ray Spiteri as he takes you through Mattia Preti’s manufacturing techniques for Oil Painting on Stone. Ray Spiteri will take participants through the manufacturing techniques behind Preti’s paintings on the vaults at St John’s co-Cathedral. Participants will work off a preliminary drawing, mix their own colours and paint their own masterpiece after Preti, taking their finished work home with them. Time: 10.00 - 14.00hrs. Price: € 25. Includes all materials and a tour of the Preti exhibition. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites and museums. Limited places. For further information on these workshops please contact HM Education Programmes on 23954 202.

1 – 2 June Excavation Open Weekend at Ghajn Tuffieha Roman Baths An opportunity to join a real life excavation. Only a maximum of 8 participants can be accepted. You can reserve a place by emailing: josef.caruana@gov.mt. From 07.30 – 13.00hrs. This event if free.

Take Part in a real life Excavation

Archaeological investigations are currently underway at Ghajn Tuffieha Roman Baths and Ta’ Bistra Catacombs Areas B and C as part of the EAFRD REBACA Project (323/12) ‘The Rehabilitation of Roman Baths and Christian Catacombs Project’. These ex cavations form part of the project studies that are necessary in view of increasing our archaeological knowledge about the sites as well as to feed into the information required for the construction of the necessary visitor infrastructure. For those who may be interested to participate in such an excavation as a volunteer, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Children must be over age 12 and anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The excavations are currently running daily from Monday to Friday between 07.30 – 15.30 hours. The studies shall continue all through winter up until December and are intended to continue during 2013. Since the excavations are being conducted in the open air, these are subject to weather conditions. The excavations are being directed by HM Archaeologists and all operations on site shall be executed solely under their direct guidance and supervision. The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage will also be informed of the names of those who will be participating for any feedback which may be required. Equipment will be made available on site but interested individuals must come dressed with the right attire (sturdy shoes, hat and sun-block). All those interested in participating in this unique opportunity are requested to contact directly Mr. Josef Caruana, EAFRD Site Archaeologist by email on josef.caruana@gov.mt indicating their preferred availability (day/time). Considering the sensitivity of the excavation, no more than eight volunteers will be accepted on site at any given moment.

Recent Publications: Heritage Malta Members receive a 10% discount on marked price when purchasing from Heritage Malta museum shops.

Mattia Preti: Faith and Humanity Mattia Preti Exhibition catalogue jointly edited by Sandro Debono (Senior Curator, National Museum of Fine Arts) and Giuseppe Valentino (Museo Civico di Taverna). The catalogue includes nine essays probing new and so far unstudied aspects and themes from Mattia Preti's art production. Each work of art is also discussed at length in a purposely written catalogue entry. A must have for art lovers, Melitensia collectors and the general public. Also available in hard cover. Publishers: Midsea Books. Full Colour. Price: €35. Available from Exhibition Venue at The State Rooms.

Mattia Preti – Beyond the Self Portrait A look at Mattia Preti as an artist and as a Knight of the Order of St John. The authors describe Mattia Preti’s background and how his life sheds light on his self-portraits. Produced in two separate editions in Italian and English. Publishers: Midsea Books. 96pp. Full Colour. Price: €15. Available from the National Museum of Fine Arts and HM Showcase, Melita Street.

The Inquisitor’s Palace: an architectural gem spanning centuries and styles A collection of papers by curators and senior curators tracing the styles and uses of this palace through the ages, which today houses The Museum of Ethnography. With an introduction by art historian Prof. Mario Buhagiar. Prepublication price €6 instead of €10. Please phone (+356) 21663731 or email publications.heritagemalta@gov.mt for more information.

Henry Mayo Bateman (1887-1970) - The Man who… Loved Gozo Catalogue to the exhibition, edited by Bernadine Scicluna, and with essays and reflections by Nicoline Sagona; Joseph Said, Lawrence Pavia, Katya Micallef, Richard England and Nicholas de Piro. This book situates Bateman’s landscape painting against the backdrop of rural Gozo and the British presence in Malta in the 1960s. With full colour reproductions of the paintings and cartoons on exhibit. Publishers: Midsea Books and Heritage Malta. 64pp. Price: €15. Available from National Museum of Archaeology, National Museum of Fine Arts and Exhibition Hall, Ministry for Gozo.

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