Relations with a Superpower: Malta and the United States of America

Il-Ħaġar Museum continues with its series of Saturday lectures on 4 May 2024 at 11:00 with what promises to be an interesting talk by Dr George Vital Zammit who will be touching on some salient points in the history of Malta’s relations with the United States of America.
Dr George Vital Zammit is a Senior lecturer at the Department of Public Policy within the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy (FEMA), University of Malta. He read for Bachelor Degrees in Business and Computing, Management, and a Masters in Diplomatic Studies. In 2011 he obtained a doctorate in Politics at the University of Sheffield, with a thesis on the international dimension of party groups within the European Parliament. Prior to academia, Dr Zammit served as a public officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry for Education, and the Office of the Prime Minister. He served as Head of Department (Public Policy) and Deputy Dean of FEMA. In 2019, he was Fulbright Scholar (2019) at Rutgers University, USA.

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The Giuseppe Galea Collection on Display at Il-Ħaġar

Il-Ħaġar Museum is delighted to present a new temporary exhibition which will showcase for the first time a collection of designs prepared by one of Malta’s finest decorators, Giuseppe Galea, for Gozo’s Saint George’s Basilica.  Many of these designs have been donated to the Museum by the artist’s family, while others were acquired through sponsorship by Lombard Bank.  Galea studied art in Rome between 1933 and 1938, where he forged a deep friendship with Maltese master sculptor Antonio Sciortino under whose tutelage he studied life drawing. 

The Giuseppe Galea Collection will be inaugurated on Saturday 27 April 2024 at 19:30,by the Hon. Clint Camilleri, Minister for Gozo and Planning.

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The exhibition can be visited until Sunday 16 June 2024 during the museum opening hours of 09:00 to 17:00.  Admission to Il-Ħaġar Museum is free.

Raiders and Rebels in Medieval Gozo

On Saturday 13 April 2024 at 11:00, in collaboration with the Gozo University Group (GUG), Il-Ħaġar Museum will be hosting Mr Charles Dalli who will be delivering a talk titled 𝑹𝒂𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑹𝒆𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝑴𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒆𝒗𝒂𝒍 𝑮𝒐𝒛𝒐. This will form part of the Gozo Week events.

Particular historical episodes in 14th and 15th century Gozo shed light on acts of rebellion with repercussions well beyond the island’s shores. Raiders imperilled and destabilised the island’s social continuity. Were the Kings of Sicily well informed about goings on in Gozo? How did the island fare under its feudal lords? Did Malta protect Gozo? Enough information survives to allow the historian to ask these questions and attempt to answer them.

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Unknown Prescription: Meet the Artist Charles Balzan

As the current contemporary exhibition Unknown Prescription comes to an end (open until Sunday 14 April 2024), Il-Ħaġar Museum offers art lovers the opportunity to meet one of the three Maltese artists, Charles Balzan, who will walk them through his part in the exhibition.  Unknown Prescription: Meet the Artist Charles Balzan is scheduled for Saturday 6 April 2024 at 11:00 at the Museum.  

This is an occasion for the audience to have a more genuine encounter with the artist before the closure of this contemporary exhibition.  Balzan’s latest endeavour of blackening stones with soot and then printing onto them is reminiscent of destruction and loss but also of creativity and meaning.  The breaking up of the bodies into fragments placed strategically around the Museum cannot but invite the visitor to ponder the continuum extending between life and the possibility of an afterlife, with death as its fulcrum.

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