Curator’s Guided Tour of Esprit Barthet Retrospective Exhibition

Almost a week into Esprit Barthet – A Life of Colour, curator Nicoline Sagona will be giving a guided tour of this landmark retrospective this Saturday, 1st April, at 11:00.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the 58 works on display by this important twentieth-century Maltese artist.

The exhibition, which runs till the 28th of May, showcases the main milestones of Barthet’s career and highlights examples from collections that are not easily accessible.  Copies of the exhibition catalogue, number 24 in Il-Ħaġar Gems series, remain available at the front desk.

Il-Ħaġar Museum is open seven days a week (public holidays included) from 09:00 to 17:00, with no admission fee.

Participation in the guided tour is free, but reservations, by sending an email to, are recommended. 

Esprit Barthet Retrospective Exhibition at Il-Ħaġar

Il-Ħaġar | Heart of Gozo Museum is pleased to announce its next temporary exhibition for this tenth anniversary year.  Esprit Barthet – A Life of Colour will bring together a number of important works by one of Malta’s leading 20th century artists, a first for the island of Gozo.

Curated by Nicoline Sagona, this landmark retrospective exhibition will showcase Barthet’s famous ‘rooftops’ series, as well as his well-known portrait paintings and experimental styles throughout his career.

Exhibition will be inaugurated by the Hon. Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri on Sunday 26th March at 11:30 (invitation below), and runs till 28 May.

The Fascinating Wonders of Whisky

Get ready to explore the fascinating world of whisky!  Richard Reader will take us on a journey of malt appreciation during a public lecture at Il-Ħaġar Museum, Cultural Centre, and Community Space, on Friday 24th March at 19:30.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to expand our knowledge and taste buds.  To book your spot, please send an email to  As always, participation is free.

Cain & Lazarus

Next up in the Saturday morning series of public talks at Il-Ħaġar Museum, Cultural Centre, and Community Space is eminent architect, artist, and academic Richard England Cain & Lazarus, who will explore the lives of Cain and Lazarus through a biblical and fictitious approach, uncovering new and fascinating aspects of these characters.  Dubbed as ‘a master builder having the language of poetry’, Professor England is receipient of numerous awards and accolades. 

Cain & Lazarus is happening on Saturday 18th March at 11:00.  As always, attendance is free, but booking, by sending an email to, are recommended.

Illuminating Caravaggio

Il-Ħaġar Museum, Cultural Centre, and Community Space continues the series of Saturday talks programmed for this year which celebrates the tenth anniversary of its inauguration with a public lecture by lighting designer and consultant Rita Curmi on Saturday 11 March at 11:00.

Curmi will be discussing her project which explores innovative lighting techniques used in museum and gallery settings to optimise the lighting for Caravaggio’s masterpiece, The Beheading of St John the Baptist, housed at the Oratory of St John’s Co Cathedral in Valletta. She will delve into the state-of-the-art lighting and control system she used to accentuate the drama of the painting and other Baroque features in the Oratory.

As usual, attendance is free, but seat reservations, by sending an email to is recommended.