Titled Constellation Malta,a new Valletta 2018 multi-site exhibition will span various genres and 10 locations. Featuring 11 world-famous local and international artists, this is one of the largest exhibitions on the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture Programme to date.
As the name suggests, Constellation Malta takes the shape of a constellation across the Maltese Islands, bringing installations, performances and site-specific interventions to prominent heritage sites, community venues, and public spaces across Malta and Gozo. The exhibition features various artistic media, including painting, sculpture, embroidery, photography, video, light and sound installations and performance art.
This is your chance to see art superstar Marina Abramović, as well as Chiharu Shiota, Forensic Oceanography and Architecture, Kyung-Jin Cho, Austin Camilleri, Yoshitomo Nara, Saskia Calderón, Eulalia Valldosera, and Tania Berta Judith. The exhibition also sees the participation of the Malta Fancy Poultry and Pigeon Club as well as a collection of anonymous photographs portraying ‘readymades’ in Malta.
Marina Abramović speaking
The series of artistic interventions in Constellation Malta is designed to create fruitful dialogues between historical sites, popular culture and contemporary art. It invites the public to engage with contemporary art within a historical setting, bringing the two together to create a unique narrative.
The exhibition is curated by Rosa Martínez, who was also the first female director of the prestigious Venice Biennale. Martinez said, “The exhibition associates the term ‘constellation’ with Malta, lending certain locations in the Maltese archipelago metaphorical weight. The sites become meaningful stars… by unveiling the meaning embodied in these new ‘stars’, visitors and passers by become voyagers, empowered to undertake their own unique journeys towards understanding and interpretation”.
The exhibition will be open to the public until the 9th December 2018 across 8 sites in Malta and 2 in Gozo: Fort St Elmo, the Church of St Mary Magdalene and the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, Tarxien Temples, Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Visitor Centre in Qrendi, the crypt at St Catherine’s Parish Church in Żejtun, The Arches in Senglea, the National Museum of Natural History in Mdina, Ġgantija Visitor Centre and Ta’ Kola Windmill in Xagħra, Gozo.
Tickets can be bought from www.heritagemalta.org or from the Heritage Malta sites which form part of this exhibition. A €20 ticket grants exhibition-goers one-time access to each of the Heritage sites hosting this exhibition sites, and may be used throughout the whole exhibition period, between the 13th October and 9th December 2018. All artworks exhibited in community venues and public spaces can be viewed free of charge.