Mediterranean Synergies. The Art of Aurelio and Simone Talpa: 23 June – 1 September 2024

Il-Ħaġar Museum is proud to host a new temporary exhibition Mediterranean Synergies. The Art of Aurelio and Simone Talpa which consists of ceramic works and paintings with a mythological theme by Aurelio Talpa and abstract geometric paintings by his son Simone. There will be sixty works in all, thirty-eight by Aurelio and twenty-two by Simone. This exhibition is being held in collaboration with the 27th edition of the Victoria International Arts Festival and is supported by the Leader Programme of the Gozo Action Group Foundation.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by the Hon. Clint Camilleri, Minister for Gozo and Planning, on Sunday 23 June 2024, at 11.45 a.m. and will remain open until Sunday 1 September 2024.


About the artists:

Aurelio Talpa was born in Caivano, Naples, in 1959.  In 1978 he graduated from the Art Institute in San Leucio, Caserta and in 1987 he completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples (in painting) under the guidance of Domenico Spinosa.  He currently teaches painting at the public school Liceo Artistico G. De Chirico at Torre Annunziata, Naples.                                      

Simone Talpa was born in Torre del Greco, Naples, in 1995.  In 2023 he graduated in the Visual Arts and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. His artistic research derives and evolves from a personal interest in Eastern philosophies. He has sought to apply what he has learned to his artistic practice. By using “poor” earthy materials, such as the jute and charcoal, he tries to overcome the contradiction between opposing entities. Consequently, his works present an interchange between fullness and emptiness, finished and unfinished, figurative and abstract. One observes geometric lines and shapes, fluid and rigid elements, open and closed elements.

Other acknowledgements: Gozo Regional Development Authority, Cultural Heritage Directorate – Ministry for Gozo & Planning,, Events in Gozo, Culture18fineart, CVC media, Malta Tourism Authority, Visit Malta.

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.

To attend the official opening, kindly RSVP at your earliest by emailing:

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.

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.

Entrance to the Museum is free. 

Reservations for the event is recommended by emailing:

The Way of the Cross

The public is encouraged to visit Il-Ħaġar Museum at the heart of Victoria, Gozo, to see the local handcrafted figurines (pasturi) exhibited in the typical Good Friday procession in celebration of the current religious Lent period.  Parishioner Mr Carmel Farrugia from Victoria is the creator of this curious exhibit at Il-Ħaġar portraying scenes from the Via Crucis.  One has to appreciate the attention he has devoted to detail especially when considering that he is handling miniature-sized clay statuettes.  Something naïve-like, unaffected, and unsophisticated emerges from the end result of his pasturi.  Mr Farrugia has patiently laid out this three-dimensional representation of the local society where religion still weaves itself around other threads forming the fabric of Gozitan life.


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