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8 September – 15 October 2017

Exhibition De Valette’s Armour and Fighting Sword Reunited

Admirals Hall, Fort St Angelo, Birgu


In the same year when the ceremonial dagger of Grand Master de Valette is on display in Malta from the Louvre for the first time since 1798, this 5th Espresso Exhibition by Heritage Malta also brings together, for the first time in over 450 years, a number of items that belonged to the Grand Master de Valette. These items were allegedly used during the epic Great Siege of 1565. The exhibition will comprise of three pieces of armour, a hat and a fighting sword.

The armour pieces hail from Heritage Malta’s Palace Armoury, while the fighting sword and hat are treasured at the Chapel of Our Lady of Damascus within the Oratory of St Joseph in Birgu.

Fort St Angelo’s opening hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm (last admission at 5.30pm).



21 & 22 September 

EventAutumn Equinox at Mnajdra Temples

Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park, Qrendi


Experience the Autumn Equinox sunrise at Mnajdra Temples.

After the equinox there will be a tour of the Visitor Centre and refreshments.
TICKETS: €25 per person and €15 for HM Members.

Tickets are available from all HM sites & museums, and ONLINE

Meeting place at Hagar Qim Visitor Centre at 05.30am

Limited places available.

For further information contact 2142 4231.



29 September

EventThe Science Time Machine (Science in the City)

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

An opportunity for the general public to learn more about how scientists from our Diagnostic Science Laboratories (DSL) explore and investigate cultural heritage objects.
Heritage Malta’s micro-XRF system, used to analyse elements non-invasively, as well as imaging systems will be used to show the scientific support which is available locally for cultural heritage.

Thanks to these systems, the general public will be exposed to pigment analysis and identification utilised for documentation purposes, detecting pigment deterioration and profiling an artist’s palette.
Furthermore, the audience, especially the younger ones, will be able to see and understand how different forms of matter interact with materials enabling scientists to use them for different imaging applications.
Venue: Grand Salon, National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta.
Time: presentations will start on the hour, from 19.00hrs, with the last presentation at 22.00hrs.
Attendance is free of charge.



International Exhibitions


Mediterraneo in Chairoscuro

Ribera, Stomer e Mattia Preti da Malta a Roma
– Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica di Roma – Palazzo Barberini, Rome Italy
14 January – 2 July 2017 

Ribera, Stomer e Mattia Preti da La Valletta 2018 a Matera 2019
– Museo Nazionale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna della Basilicata – Palazzo Lanfranchi’, Matera Italy
10 July 2017 – 8 November 2017

This joint exhibition project presents key works from the national collection at MUŻA – Mużew Nazzjonali tal-Arti including works by Mathias Stom, Jusepe Ribera Mattia Preti and Francesco de Mura together with a comparative selection of works from the Camillo d’Errico collection at Palazzo Lanfranchi and special loans from the Gallerie nazionali di Arte Antica di Roma – Palazzo Barberini.     

The exhibition is jointly curated by Marta Ragozzino (Director, Polo Museale di Matera), Sandro Debono (Senior Curator, MUZA – Muzew Nazzjonali tal-Arti), Mauro Fontana (Curator, Collezione Camillo d’Errico) and Alessandro Cosma (Gallerie Nazionali d’Arte Antica di Roma – Palazzo Barberini).   
The project is supported by the Maltese embassy in Rome and Matera 2019 foundation.


13 May – 26 November 2017

HOMO MELITENSIS: An incomplete Inventory in 19 Chapters

Malta Pavilion – La Biennale di Venezia, Arsenale, Venice, Italy

Curated by Bettina Hutschek and Raphael Vella, Homo Melitensis: An Incomplete Inventory in 19 Chapters combines the work of thirteen artists and a diverse selection of artefacts from national and private collections.

Through a non-hierarchical, achronological installation, the exhibition investigates Maltese identity via maps, folkloric objects, historical photographs, and contemporary artworks. Artefacts and paraphernalia intermingle in a series of chapters that reveal stories of nationhood, memory, war, diaspora, dreams, and island life, imagining an identity situated between truth and non-truth. Taxonomically and alphabetically organised in custom-made, spatial arrangements, Homo Melitensis–Maltese man–witnesses the transition from nation-state to an atomised, impenetrable existence, and is perplexed.

The Malta Pavilion is being commissioned by the Arts Council Malta, in collaboration with MUŻA – Mużew Nazzjonali tal-Arti (Heritage Malta) as part of the Cultural programme of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture.


22 June –  1 October 2017

Palermo Capitale e l’età di Serpotta

Palazzo Abatellis – Oratorio dei Bianchi, Palermo


The exhibition has been designed to investigate a very exciting moment of Palermo’s cultural scene, spanning from the late 1600s and the first three decades of the 1700s.

The exhibition will focus on the transition towards classicism that occurred in the art world following fresh and direct contacts with Rome’s artistic circles, due to architects such as Giacomo Amato, plasterers such as Giacomo Serpotta, and painters such as Dell’Aquila and Calandrucci. In the very same period works by Carlo Maratti, Odazzi and even Donato Creti from Bologna started to arrive in Palermo from Europe and the rest of Italy.

Heritage Malta will be participating by a loan from MUŻA – Mużew Nazzjonali tal-Arti.


Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici

Palacio de Iturbide (Fomento Cultural Banamex), Mexico City, Mexico – 29 June 2017 to 15 October 2017

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, USA – 19 November 2017 to 18 March 2018

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA – 23 April 2018 to 5 August 2018

A groundbreaking exhibition devoted to 18th century Mexican painting, a vibrant period marked by major stylistic developments and the invention of new iconographies. The exhibition’s over 120 works (many unpublished and restored for the exhibition), will make a lasting contribution to the understanding of Mexican painting in particular and transatlantic artistic connections in the 18th century in general. Its main themes explore the painters’ great inventiveness and the varying contexts in which their works were created. The exhibition represents the first and most serious effort to date to reposition the history of 18th century painting in Mexico.

Heritage Malta is participating by lending two paintings by the 18th Century Mexican painter Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz from the National Collection.


Archive of Events – 2017
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