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23 July 2016 – July 2017

Exhibition Valletta 1566 – Melita Renascens

Lower Fort St Elmo, Valletta



In collaboration with Malta Libraries, Heritage Malta’s major exhibition for 2016 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.


2 December 2016 – 28 January 2017

Exhibition Edward Lear in Gozo – 150 Years Later

Heritage Malta Gozo Area Office, Cittadella


Heritage Malta is commemorating the 150th anniversary of Edward Lear’s stay in Gozo through this small exhibition of Lear’s views of Gozo from the national collection.

During his one-week sojourn in March of 1866, British artist Edward Lear went out for daily walks around the island, capturing many of its picturesque views in his quick yet faithful sketches. His walks were also documented in writing in his diaries, providing us with fascinating detail about daily life in Gozo 150 years ago.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 08.00 – 16.00, Saturday 08.00 -12.00.

Admission to view the exhibition free of charge.

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8 December – 31 January

Exhibition Reborn – A Renaissance Painting in Focus

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

painting-detailface-lower-resThe exhibition presents the results of a conservation project undertaken on a 15th century Renaissance panel painting, the history of which remains elusive, and its author unknown, except for his name – Maestro Alberto – included in the scenography of the episode depicted.

The exhibition highlights the challenges involved in conservation work, the use of science and technology, and how this conservation project helped us devise the best possible conditions as to how to present the object on display and make it accessible to all.

This piece will form part of the permanent exhibition at MUZA, the upcoming national community art museum at Auberge d’Italie and flagship project of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture.

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

Admission to view the exhibition free of charge.

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20 January

LectureThe Conservation and Restoration of a 15th Century Panel Painting

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

In conjunction with the exhibition ‘Reborn – A Renaissance Painting in Focus’, Heritage Malta will give you the opportunity to learn about the techniques used to restore this particular panel painting.

Lecture will commence at 18.30hrs.

Free admission.


International Exhibitions


Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio

New York / Paris


One of the masterpieces in the national collection will be travelling to New York and Paris to prominently feature in a major retrospective exhibition entitled ‘Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio‘.

‘Judith and Holofernes’ by the French seventeenth century artist, Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632), will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) between  October 7 and January 16, 2017, and at the Louvre (Paris) between February 20th and May 22nd of next year.


14 January – 21 May 2017

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 Ribera, Matthias Stom, Mattia 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).


28 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 shall explore 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.  


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