Il-Ħaġar Museum is delighted to release the details of the next temporary exhibition, showcasing an intriguing selection of photographs by Tommaso Vecchi.

Organised and curated by Valerio Ballotta of GBK Malta Ltd, TIME eMOTION presents for the first time ever at international level works by this young Italian photographer who, in spite of discovering his passion for travel photography only two years ago, has already attracted the attention of important magazines such as National Geographic and Digital Camera. In fact, the photographs published in these magazines will be exhibited exclusively at this event.  Images on display will also feature a preview of the photographs selected for “Atlas of Humanity”, a Paris exhibition in May 2021.

TIME eMOTION will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue, number 9 in Il-Ħaġar Gems series, illustrating this beautiful photographic journey.  It is the tangible result of his latest travels, starting from chaotic European capitals such as London, and those rich in art and culture, such as Paris, and extending to the most remote corners of the planet, in the search for distant cultures. The introduction of the catalogue is by Alessandro Bergamini.

With his photographs, Tommaso Vecchi is trying to introduce us to people and tribes accustomed to living in the most alarming social conditions, giving us the opportunity to get closer to these realities. In the effort of making us touch their essence, he depicts genuinely the beauty and peculiarity which characterise them.

The exhibition tracks the photographic journey of the artist, from the very first shots on the Dolomite Mountains, on to the travels which have deeply marked him, precisely identifying him in the travel photography genre. It is in India and Tibet that he really understood what it means to travel with the objective of learning more about the culture of distant and unknown populations and to share moments and experiences with them. This is what challenged him, a few months later, to confront the African tribes of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. Through his photographic equipment, Vecchi tries to leave in awe all those who – for a reason or another – cannot travel to such places.

Undergoing the journey offered by this exhibition and book confirms UNESCO’s statement that  “Cultural diversity is a distinctive feature of humanity” and represents “the common cultural heritage of humanity, which is why it should be recognised and protected for the benefit of  current and future generations”. Each single person is a treasure for humanity.

The exhibition will also be complemented by unique movie clips which narrate the rites and ceremonies which are distinctive of these tribes.

Il-Ħaġar – Heart of Gozo Museum and Cultural Centre is open daily between 9.00am and 5.00pm, and entrance remains free of charge.

Donated works on show

During October, Il-Ħaġar museum is exhibiting a range of paintings forming part of its reserve collection.
In a variety of mediums, styles and themes, they include works by contemporary artists – local and foreign – as well as much older pieces. Celia Borg Cardona, Austin Camilleri, Mario Cassar, Walter Coccetta, Gianfranco Ferroni, Luciano Micallef, Savio Mizzi and George Scicluna are among those on show.
A majority are donations offered by exhibitors and supporters of this cultural centre. Entrance remains free from 9am to 5pm seven days a week. 

Donazzjonijiet fil-ĦAĠAR

Matul Ottubru l-mużew Il-Ħaġar qed jesibixxi firxa ta’ pitturi li jiffurmaw parti mill-kollezzjoni li ma hix esposta kontinwament.
Dawn huma f’varjetà ta’ stili, temi u mezzi. Jinkludu xogħolijiet ta’ artisti kontemporanji – lokali u barranin – u oħrajn minn sekli passati. Insemmu lil Celia Borg Cardona, Austin Camilleri, Mario Cassar, Walter Coccetta, Gianfranco Ferroni, Luciano Micallef, Savio Mizzi u George Scicluna.
Il-maġġoranza huma donazzjonijiet minn esibituri u ħbieb ta’ daċ-ċentru kulturali.  Id-dħul jibqa’ bla ħlas mid-9am sal-5pm sebgħat ijiem fil-ġimgħa.

Lazaretto Philately at Il-Ħaġar

The Gozo Philatelic Society has set up a new exhibit in their showcase on Level -1, featuring letters with Lazaretto markings. Featured as well are British personalities who had to undergo quarantine.

The Lazzarett on Manoel Island acted as Malta’s defence during various epidemics. An isolation hospital until the 1970s, it treated the sick during the plague in 1813, the cholera epidemic in 1865 and the plague again in 1937. An 1814 marble plaque shows that disobeying quarantine rules could result in a death sentence – making today’s fines seem like peanuts!

Letters from overseas were disinfected, with the procedure already in place by 1678 when they were ‘perfumed’ after being slit. The relevant office was in operation at the Lazaretto by 1812, mail being marked with red wax seals (and later with a black handstamp).

This material can be viewed – together with other temporary and permanent exhibits – during normal opening hours of 9am-5pm seven days a week. There is no entrance fee.  

Filatelija mill-Lazzarett fil-ĦAĠAR

Il-Gozo Philatelic Society irranġat wirja ġdida fil-vetrina li għandha fil-livell -1 tal-ĦAĠAR (Pjazza San Ġorġ – Victoria) b’għażla ta’ ittri bil-marki tal-Lazzarett. Jintwerew ukoll personalitajiet Ingliżi li kellhom jidħlu kwarantina.

Il-Lazzarett f’Manoel Island serva b’difiża ta’ Malta waqt diversi epidemiji. Barra mill-pesta fl-1813 u fl-1937 u l-kolera tal-1865, baqa’ sptar għall-iżolament sa ħamsin sena ilu. Hemm irħama mill-1814 lil turi li min kien jikser l-kwarantina seta’ jeħel l-kundanna tal-mewt – il-pieni ta’ żmienna joffru konsegwenzi inqas serji!

Ittri minn barra kienu jiddisinfettawhom, bi proċedura li mill-1678 kienet tinkludi ferrett fil-karta. Nafu b’uffiċċju mill-1812 fejn jimmarkawhom bix-xema’ ħamra (jew b’marka sewda).

Tistgħu żżuru dan il-materjal – flimkien ma’ esibiti oħra temporanji u permanenti – fil-ħinijiet normali tad-9am sal-5pm sebat ijiem fil-ġimgħa. M’hemmx ħlas tad-dħul.

OH! Only Human

Between the 12th and 30th of September, local artist Bob Cardona will be showing a collection of portraits and paintings, celebrating the stunning style of tribes from Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, in “OH! Only Human”, the latest temporary exhibition to be set at il-Ħagar.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Il-Ħaġar Museum came up with an innovative solution on how to accommodate as many people as possible for the opening. On the opening date, Saturday 12th September, patrons are given a choice of three slots in which to participate: 5.00pm, 6.00pm and 7.00pm. Whoever is interested in attending is kindly requested to send an email to info@heartofgozo.org.mt and state the desired time slot. 

Entrance remains free of charge from 9.00am to 5.00pm, seven days a week.

Pawlu Mizzi at Il-Ħaġar

A new temporary Exhibition is being inaugurated on Saturday 25 July at 7.30pm by Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri at Il-Ħaġar museum (Pjazza San Ġorġ, Victoria).
“From the heart of Gozo to the soul of Maltese literature” honours Pawlu Mizzi on the first anniversary of his death. The numerous interesting photos and quotations are also included in the bi-lingual publication (number 8 in the Il-Ħaġar GEMS series) specially prepared for the occasion.
Allied events include a discussion (in Maltese) about his legacy on 1 August (10am) and 6pm Mass (at St George’s) on 5 August. At 7.30 (after the Mass), back at Il-Ħaġar, Mid-Dinja Ċkejkna Tiegħi – from Mizzi’s autobiographical writings – will be presented (together with readings, obviously in Maltese). Two of his previous books will also be available.
All are invited: the Exhibition (during which radio programmes of his can be heard) runs for a full month (till 25 August) with the normal opening hours of 9am to 5pm, seven days a week. There is no entry fee.

Pawlu Mizzi fil-ĦAĠAR

Wirja temporanja ġdida se tinfetaħ nhar is-Sibt 25 ta’ Lulju fis-7.30pm mill-Ministru għal Għawdex Clint Camilleri fil-mużew Il-Ħaġar (Pjazza San Ġorġ, Victoria).

“Mill-Qalb t’Għawdex għar-ruħ tal-Letterature Maltija” tonora lil Pawlu Mizzi fl-ewwel anniversarju minn mewtu. Id-diversi ritratti u kwotazzjonijiet interessanti jinsabu anki f’publikazzjoni bilingwi (numru 8 fis-sensiela Il-Ħaġar GEMS) preparata għall-okkażjoni.
Kollegati hemm diskussjoni dwar il-wirt li ħallielna (fl-10am fl-ewwel t’Awwissu) u Quddiesa fil-5 t’Awwissu (San Ġorġ tas-6pm). Lura Il-Ħaġar, fis-7.30 pm (warajha) issir il-preżentazzjoni ta’ “Mid-Dinja Ċkejkna Tiegħi” – mill-kitbiet awtobijografiċi ta’ Pawlu (b’qari ta’ siltiet). Ikun hemm ukoll tnejn oħra mill-kotba tiegħu.
Misteden kulħadd: il-Wirja (li matulha jinstemgħu programmi radjofoniċi tiegħu) tkompli għal xahar (sal-25 t’Awwissu) bil-ħinijiet normali tal-ftuħ (sebat ijiem fil-ġimgħa mid-9am sal-5pm). M’hemmx ħlas tad-dħul. 

Venuti Exhibition: The Launch of Il-Ħaġar Restoration and Conservation Project

A new temporary exhibition about an Italian artist who worked for quite some time in Gozo is being inaugurated at Il-Ħaġar Museum on Saturday 25 January at 11.30am. This cultural centre possesses five of Filippo Fortunato Venuti’s paintings, and the inauguration serves as the official launch of a Restoration and Conservation Project which has attracted the support of Bank of Valletta.

The exhibition can be visited seven days a week between 9.00am and 5.00pm till 19 February. There is no entrance fee but Il-Ħaġar Museum is welcoming any donations in favour of this initiative either directly at the museum or to Il-Ħaġar Restoration and Conservation Fund bank accounts:

Bank of Valletta: MT83VALL22013000000040018753273

Lombard Bank: MT56LBMA05000000000001174600345

 Il-Ħaġar Museum  Venuti Exchibition Restoration and Conservation project

Bob Cardona exhibits at Il-Ħaġar Museum

Besides numerous seasonal events, Il-Ħaġar Museum is hosting an additional temporary exhibition featuring assorted artworks by Gozo-based Bob Cardona.

Rusticulate, inaugurated on 7 December at noon, remains available till 6 January 2020 during the normal opening hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, seven days a week. There is no entrance fee. 

SMOM Christmas stamps at Il-Ħaġar

The Gozo Philatelic Society has set up a new exhibit in their showcase on level -1 at Il-Ħaġar Museum, included in the impressive seasonal programme offered at this cultural centre.

Natalizia, within the Gozo Ministry Milied f’Għawdex initiative, displays a good range of Christmas stamps, not excluding miniature sheets, issued by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

This exhibition can be viewed until 12 January 2020 during normal opening hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm seven days a week. There is no entrance fee.  

The Art of Anton Inglott at Il-Ħaġar Museum – updated with Videos

Ghawdex Illum Feature
Exhibition opening
TVM News Feature

Il-Ħaġar Museum is hosting a temporary exhibition featuring some fifty assorted artworks by Anton Inglott. Though he died at just thirty, this genius influenced greatly the post-war milieu.
This prestigious exhibition, accompanied with a sixty-page colour publication (Il-Ħaġar Gems Series, No. 7), forms part of Festival Mediterranea but is taking place also through the support of Heritage Malta, the Gozo Ministry, Teatru Astra, HSBC and various public and private collectors.  
It is being inaugurated by Culture Minister Dr Owen Bonnici on Saturday 19 October at 7.30pm and remains till 27 November during the normal opening hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, seven days a week. Entrance is, as always, free of charge

Rotary Collective Art Exhibition

Il-Ħaġar Museum is hosting a temporary Collective Art Exhibition organized by Rotary Club Gozo.
FUSION, to be opened by Minister Dr Justyne Caruana on 14 September, showcases seven artists who offer an interesting assortment of styles: Monique Cachia, David Carrington, Emily Clark, Valerie Mejlak, Chris Saliba, Tanja Van Pouke and Caroline Young Cali.
The exhibition runs until the 16th of October.
Entrance remains free during the normal hours of 9am to 5pm seven days a week.