Another landmark Exhibition at Il-Ħaġar Museum

Il-Ħaġar Museum is honoured to offer yet another exceptional temporary exhibition to mark the end of the special year recommended by Pope Francis on the sesquicentenary of the declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.  

‘Joseph: The Silent Witness’ features no fewer than 77 works of art by great artists such as Mattia Preti, Giuseppe d’Arena, Carlo Maratta, Carlo Troisi, Giuseppe Calì, Michele Busuttil, Mariano Gerada, Emvin Cremona, Anton Agius and Mario Caffaro Rore, among many others.  

Opening on Sunday 17th October at 6.00pm by His Lordship Mgr Anton Teuma, Bishop of Gozo, the exhibition can be visited until the end of November during the normal opening hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Sunday. Entrance remains free of charge.

‘Joseph: The Silent Witness’ will be accompanied with another full colour publication, number 14 in Il-Ħaġar Gems series.

VINCENZO BONELLO: 130TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION AT IL-ĦAĠAR

Il-Ħaġar Museum and Cultural Centre is honoured to offer another important temporary exhibition featuring a substantial number of designs by Vincenzo Bonello for Gozitan churches, including Ta’ Pinu and Mġarr and the parishes at Kerċem, Qala and Xewkija. ‘Vincenzo Bonello: 130th Anniversary’ will be accompanied with publication nuber 13 in Il-Ħaġar GEMS series.

Judge Emeritus Giovanni Bonello will be leading the inauguration this Friday 3 September at 7.30pm, on the exact 130th anniversary of his father’s birth.

The exhibition can be visited till the 28th of September during the normal museum opening hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, seven days a week. Entry is free of charge.

‘Vincenzo Bonello: 130th Anniversary’ is supported by the Ministry for Gozo, the Malta Tourism AuthorityHeritage MaltaMUŻA, the The National Archives of MaltaWignacourt Museum, Ta’ Pinu National Shrine, and the Cultural Heritage Directorate, Ministry for Gozo

Temporary closure next week

The nature of the forthcoming landmark exhibition requires the temporary closure of Il-Ħaġar Museum between Monday 30th August and Thursday 2nd September for security reasons and essential maintenance.

The Museum will reopen Friday 3rd September 2021 with another temporary exhibition by Vincenzo Bonello, as usual with operating hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to anyone planning to visit on these days.

Il-Ħaġar reopens

Il-Ħaġar museum and Cultural Centre is pleased to announce that it will again be welcoming visitors from Monday 26 April – at the usual opening hours of 9am to 5pm, seven days a week. Anti-Covid protocols will be followed but entrance remains free.
To satisfy requests, it has been decided to extend the five temporary exhibitions which were limited to the website (www.heartofgozo.org.mt) when museums were closed by the health authorities in March, soon after these displays had commenced.

  • “Twilights” (on various levels) offers forty examples of Sacred Art by Aaron Formosa. The full colour sixty-pager exhibition catalogue is again available.
  • Vexilla Regis – housed in a showcase on level -1 – has a range of Crucifixes, from different periods and in assorted styles.
  • Video Room 2 holds “A Meeting of Minds” with documents and manuscripts highlighting connections between Professors Joseph Vella and Oliver Friggieri – including background recordings.
  • A typical Good Friday Procession is represented through hundreds of statuettes – made by Joseph Agius, Lino Fardell and Paul Muscat – arranged in three cases in Video Room 1.
  • The Gozo Philatelic Society showcase (level -1) has a look at Malta’s first stamp, including rare items.

Il-ĦAĠAR jiftaħ mill-ġdid
Il-mużew Il-Ħaġar (Pjazza San Ġorġ, Victoria) bi pjaċir iħabbar li se jerġa’ jibda jilqa’ żjarat mit-Tnejn 26 t’April – fil-ħinijiet normali tad-9am sal-5pm, sebat ijiem fil-ġimgħa. Sintendi jitħaddmu l-protokolli kontra l-Covid iżda d-dħul jibqa’ b’xejn.
Ġie deċiż li jitwalu l-ħames esibizzjonijiet temporanji li kienu ttieħdu fuq is-sit www.heartofgozo.org.mt meta l-mużewijiet ingħalqu mill-awtoritajiet tas-saħħa f’Marzu – b’hekk tintlaqa’ t-talba ta’ dawk li ma laħqux jiġu.

  • Twilights (fuq diversi livelli) toffri erbgħin eżempju ta’ Arti Sagra ta’ Aaron Formosa. Il-katalogu kollu bil-kulur fuq sittin paġna issa raġa’ disponibbli.
  • Vexilla Regis (f’vetrina fil-livell -1) tesponi firxa ta’ Kurċifissi, fi stili differenti u minn diversi żminijiet.
  • Il-Video Room 2 fiha A Meeting of Minds b’dokumenti u manuskritti li juru konnessjonijiet bejn il-Professuri Joseph Vella u Oliver Friggieri – u b’recording ukoll.
  • Purċissjoni tradizzjonali tal-Ġimgħa l-Kbira hi rappreżentata permezz ta’ mijiet ta’ statwetti – xogħol Joseph Agius, Lino Fardell and Paul Muscat – fi tliet vetrini fil-Video Room 1.

Fil-vetrina tal-Gozo Philatelic Society (livell -1) hemm ħarsa lejn l-ewwel bolla Maltija, inklużi raritajiet.

Twilights: an exhibition of sacred art by Aaron Formosa

Since Il-Ħaġar is now closed because of the latest health restrictions, current temporary exhibitions have been transferred online. Though the management appreciates that it is not the same experience as being present physically, this should offer some idea of what was available.
“Twilights” features sacred art by Aaron Formosa. Basically a self-taught painter, he was born in 1980 and has participated in various collective and solo exhibitions in Malta and Gozo. His works can be found in private and public collections, locally and overseas. In his art, Formosa aims to capture the intensity of transient emotions and communicate these experienced moments. A crepuscular light pervades these paintings in such a way that the loosely painted figures seek to manifest themselves in this aura of semi-darkness. He teaches philosophy, in which he holds a masters degree, at the Sir M. Refalo Sixth Form.

All the paintings are for sale* and can be seen in greater detail by clicking on each separate one. Kindly send an email to info@heartofgozo.org.mt if interested in acquiring any of the paintings still for sale.

*Sold paintings are marked accordingly

Joseph Vella and Oliver Friggieri: A Meeting of Minds

Since Il-Ħaġar is now closed because of the latest health restrictions, current temporary exhibitions have been transferred online. Though the management appreciates that it is not the same experience as being present physically, this should offer some idea of what was available.
Joseph Vella and Oliver Friggieri: A Meeting of Minds, set up for the third anniversary of Mro Vella’s demise, is a documentary exhibition offering an overview highlighting collaborations between two greats of the Maltese art scene. Is-Surmast’s Music Archive, which he donated just a few hours before his passing is also available for research purposes and can be visited on level 3.

The posters below can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Il-Ħaġar Museum closed

We regret to inform you that in view of the new COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Government, Il-Ħaġar Museum will be closed with immediate effect until 11 April 2021. However, one can still admire its Lenten displays online.

One of the exhibits include hundreds of miniature clay statuettes representing a Good Friday procession. The statuettes were made by Joseph Agius, Paul Muscat and the late Lino Fardell, long-established Christmas crib artisans. The idea of creating this artistic Good Friday procession was, in fact, developed within the circle of presepisti and pasturi artisans. There are figurines of various styles, representing both the strictly traditional devotional procession and the modern pageantry type.

Vexilla Regis, housed in a showcase on level -1, has an impressive range of Crucifixes, from different periods and in assorted styles.

An exhibition of sacred art -Twilights – by Aaron Formosa is also available to view online. The theme of the exhibition is human existence in the light of Christ – the spiritual light which enlightens the human condition and makes it meaningful.

Il-Ħaġar Museum is also commemorating the 3rd anniversary of Mro Joseph Vella’s demise with an exhibition about the collaborations between him and another Maltese great who passed away last year, Profs Oliver Frggieri. Joseph Vella and Oliver Friggieri: A Meeting of Minds includes a number of posters regarding the two works, Rewwixta and Il-Belt Rebbieha.