Inauguration of Restored Paintings

Il-Ħaġar Museum is hosting an illustrated lecture by Dr Michela Fasce on Saturday 25 September at 7.30pm. A Università degli Studi di Genova graduate, Dr Fasce holds degrees in conservation science and art history, has a rich experience in restoration and consultancy, and founded the first diagnostics department in Italy.

Dr Fasce tends to focus on identifying materials and dates. On this occasion, she will be discussing Mattia Preti’s technique to explain the utility of diagnostic study. She will also be presenting her recent book in Italian Dentro il dipinto with its various related examples.

Moreover, she will be applying these principles to the restoration process on five oils by Filippo Fortunato Venuti. The restorer herself, Sara Mattioli, will explain the work she undertook over these months. This set of four ovals and a bozzetto will now revert to permanent display at Il-Ħaġar Museum.

Il-Ħaġar Restoration and Conservation Project is supported by Bank of Valletta and Valerio Ballotta of GBK Malta Ltd.

The Addolorata Cemetery: Malta’s Monument to its Dead

After the imposed hiatus, the resumption of public talks hosted at Il-Ħaġar Museum will certainly be welcomed.

This Saturday, the 14th of November, at 10.30am, Malta’s premier cemetery, the Addolorata, is being highlighted through the participation of Mario Borg, Dr Mark Sagona and Prof Conrad Thake, authors of a new detailed study about it. This occasion, in collaboration with the University of Malta’s Department of Art and Art History, and Midsea Books, will also be live-streamed.

Entrance is free but booking on events@heartofgozo.org.mt is recommended. Current social distancing restrictions mean that seating will be limited.

Copies of The Addolorata Cemetery (well over two hundred richly-illustrated pages) will be available at a special price.

Unusual talk at Il-Ħaġar

Dr Sebastiano D’Amico – from Malta University’s Geosciences Department – will be asking “What is there under my feet?” at Il-Ħaġar museum on 30 November at 11am. This instalment in the Saturday series of assorted talks will discuss science at the service of Heritage exploration and conservation.

The lecture, based on test sites in Malta and abroad, treats the use of multidisciplinary scientific methods for the benefit of all those concerned with cultural heritage sites.

Entrance is, as always, free of charge. However, since places are obviously limited, those interested are encouraged to reserve seats by emailing events@heartofgozo.org.mt.

Series of talks resumes at Il-Ħaġar Museum – Video

Il-Ħaġar Museum has become well-known also for public talks on a wide range of topics.

The first public lecture after the summer break is to be delivered by the stepson of famous author C. S. Lewis. There is probably no need to refer to, for example, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, and The Screwtape Letters.

Douglas Gresham, an actor and producer, has been studying and writing about Lewis and he will be talking about his adoptive father on Saturday 12 October at 11am.

Entrance is, as always, free of charge. However, since places are obviously limited, it is recommended to reserve seats by emailing events@heartofgozo.org.mt.

Queen Victoria celebrated at Il-Ħaġar

Queen Victoria was born two hundred years ago. Her connections with Gozo include the fact that the main town became a city and its name changed for her Golden Jubilee.

Naturally enough, Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria felt duty-bound to mark this bicentenary, choosing Saturday 1 June, about halfway between the actual date and Jum il-Belt Victoria.

This occasion, consisting of a talk about the Empress by Rev. Geoffrey George Attard and short readings from Victorian literature, starts at 11:00 and takes place on Level 3 at Il-Ħaġar Museum.

Entrance is free of charge but booking on events@heartofgozo.org.mt is recommended.

Two public talks at Il-Ħaġar this Saturday

Saturday 11 May will see two events at Il-Ħaġar Museum and Cultural Centre.

At 11:00, Professor Arnold Cassola will be giving a lecture in English on a topic he has researched so much, entitled Suleiman the Magnificent and Malta.   

At 19:30 Valerio Ballotta of GBK Malta Ltd and Obiettivo Qatar will be interviewing, in Italian, Arialdo Ceribelli of Bergamo’s Galleria Ceribelli.  Mr Ceribelli will be reminiscing about his friend Gianfranco Ferroni, the important artist who died in 2001.  This will be followed by a tour of the exhibition consisting of Ferroni works, including etchings and lithographs, as well as others by Walter Coccetta. Ferroni & Coccetta: Exploring Light at Il-Ħaġar Museum runs until 13 June. 

Entrance is, as always, free of charge but reserving a seat on events@heartofgozo.org.mt is recommended.

In Conversation with Joseph Calleja

Updated with video of the interview:

World-renowned Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja visits Il-Ħaġar Museum on Friday 30 November, to talk about his illustrious career at a public dialogue which starts at 18:30. Calleja, who made his operatic debut at Teatru Astra in Gozo in 1997, will be interviewed by former Times of Malta editor Steve Mallia.

During his visit to Il-Ħaġar Museum, the Maltese Tenor is expected to pay tribute to Mro Joseph Vella at the latter’s Music Archive, inaugurated in February this year, on Level 3. He will also have the opportunity to view the temporary exhibition Teatru Astra: Gozo’s Trailblazer, marking the theatre’s golden jubilee.

Entrance and participation at this event are free of charge. However, due to space being limited, booking is essential. Seat reservations can be made by emailing events@heartofgozo.org.mt.

Public Talks

On 23 March Dutch art historian and social anthropologist Dra Veronica Veen will be treating the Cinderella theme which she has developed in her recent book “The Maltese Cinderella”. She is running until 11 April an innovative exhibition, during which this and other publications can be acquired.