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Until the 23rd of July, 2017

Exhibition Valletta 1566 – Melita Renascens

Lower Fort St Elmo, Valletta



In collaboration with Malta Libraries, this exhibition commemorates the 450th anniversary since the laying of the first stone of the city of Valletta.

Hosted by the former National War Museum, at Lower Fort St. Elmo, and the National Library.

Opening hours (Fort St Elmo): 09.00 – 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

TICKETS for the exhibition: €5 adults / €3.50 seniors & students / €2.50 children. 

One can also combine visit with Fort St Elmo – National War Museum at €10 adults / €7.50 seniors & students / €5.50 children.

For the National Library visiting hours please click here.


Until the 9th of July, 2017

Exhibition de Valette’s Dagger

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta


In Malta for the very first time since 1798, and as part of the events marking the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, the exhibition features de Valette’s dagger, gifted to him by King Philip II of Spain in recognition of the Grand Master’s victory of the Great Siege in 1565.

The poniard is on loan from the Louvre Museum, Paris.

de Valette’s dagger is accompanied by a selected number of other exhibits from the national collection.

Opening hours: 09.00 – 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.30hrs)

Admission included in the museum’s regular ticket price.

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9 June

EventGhar Dalam under a Full Moon

Ghar Dalam, Birzebbuga


A unique opportunity to experience Għar Dalam in the moonlight. This event features presentations by John J. Borg (Senior Curator Natural History) and Paul Portelli (Executive Għar Dalam) as well as a moonlight tour of the site and cave followed by refreshments.

The lowermost layers of this extraordinary cave are more than 500,000 years old, and contained the fossil bones of dwarf elephants, hippopotami, micro-mammals and birds among other species. It was here that the earliest evidence of human settlement in Malta, dating back to around 7,400 years, was discovered.

TICKETS at €13 for Adults; €9 for HM Members; €10 for Seniors, Students and children under 12 years of age. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites & museums, and ONLINE

Time: 19.30 – 21.00hrs. 


21, 22 June

EventSummer Solstice at Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples

Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi


Experience the Summer Solstice from either Mnajdra or Hagar Qim Temples. After the Solstice there will be a tour of the Visitor Centre and refreshments.

TICKETS, priced at €25 per person and €15 for HM Members, can be purchased from all HM sites/museums and ONLINE

Limited places available.

For further information contact 21 424 231.



International Exhibitions


25 January – 30 June 2017

‘In the Light of …. Malta’

European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

In collaboration with Arts Council Malta. Curated by Fabrizio Mifsud Soler.

The exhibition explores how Malta’s Mediterranean light is captured in the brushwork of both landscape and non-representational paintings by Maltese artists belonging to different generations. The exhibition seeks to shed light on the colours and forms of a Mediterranean atmosphere through the tonalities which make up the essence of Maltese artists’ colour palette.

The Mediterranean is at the thematic centre of several events featured on the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union cultural programme, not only because it is at the centre of a number of Maltese EU Presidency priorities; but also because Mediterranean light is at the centre of Malta’s colour. The passage of time, light and shadow and the evocation of a sense of the ethereal have inspired works of art that capture the essence of Malta through observation and sensitive renderings.  

Three works from the national collection shall also feature.  


14 January – 21 May 2017 2 July 2017 (dates extended)

Mediterraneo in Chairoscuro – Ribera, Stomer e Mattia Preti da Malta a Roma

Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica di Roma – Palazzo Barberini, Rome Italy


On the occasion of the Maltese Presidency of the European Union and with the support of Arts Council Malta.

Jointly curated by Alessandro Cosma (Gallerie Nazionali, Rome) and Sandro Debono (Senior Curator, Heritage Malta) this exhibition features key works from the national collection to feature at MUŻA – Muzew Nazzjonali tal-Arti including masterpieces by Jusepe RiberaMatthias StomMattia Preti and Francesco de Mura amongst others. These shall be presented next to a purposely curated selection from the collection at Palazzo Barberini.

Contributors to the exhibition catalogue include Gabriele Finaldi (Director of the National Gallery in London), Mario Epifani (former director of Armerie Reali, Turin), Viviana Farina and Claudio Malice (Accademia di Belle Arti, Naples), Alessandro Cosma (Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica di Roma di Palazzo Corsini – Rome) and Sandro Debono (Senior Curator MUŻA – Mużew Nazzjonali tal-Arti, Heritage Malta).


17 February – 28 May

Malta. Land of Sea

BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium 


To coincide with Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Malta’s history will be highlighted through this exhibition, hosted by the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels.

Malta. Land of Sea reflects the cultural diversity that is the foundation of the Maltese identity. With the omnipresence of the Mediterranean running through its history, influencing both practical life on the island and the world of the imagination, it is a sea that opens Malta to the world. The exhibition brings together some 60 works that have survived the centuries, some dating back to prehistory. Each item can be seen in isolation or in connection with the others for a dynamic understanding of the history and soul of an island rooted in cultural hybridization.

The exhibition is being held by BOZAR centre of fine arts in Brussels in collaboration with Heritage Malta and Arts Council Malta on the occasion of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


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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