Ex­hi­bi­tion of Mal­tese artis­tic work in Brus­sels Bozar

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The ex­hi­bi­tion of the Mal­tese art­work, Malta. Land of Sea, held in the Fine Arts Cen­tre Bozar in Brus­sels, was in­au­gu­rated last week by the Min­is­ter for Jus­tice, Cul­ture and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Dr Owen Bon­nici.

This ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cuses on Malta’s char­ac­ter­is­tic fea­tures, par­tic­u­larly the sea sur­round­ing the Mal­tese Is­lands, by dis­play­ing over 60 pieces of art, as well as ob­jects of Mal­tese cul­tural her­itage, both clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary.

These works, which are pro­mot­ing our coun­try and its peo­ple as a ter­ri­tory of land and sea, come from over 20 mu­se­ums, cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions and dif­fer­ent NGOs in Malta, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Arts Coun­cil and Her­itage Malta.

Among sev­eral works in this ex­hi­bi­tion, there is an art piece re­flect­ing the dan­ger which im­mi­grants have to face while crossing the Mediter­ranean Sea.

This ex­hi­bi­tion is also a re­mem­brance of the 50th an­niver­sary from the orig­i­nal pro­posal of Malta to the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the Law of the Sea.

Dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the ex­hi­bi­tion, the min­is­ter ad­dressed the au­di­ence, re­mark­ing that the sea sur­round­ing the Mal­tese Is­lands unites us be­yond coun­try bor­ders.

He con­tin­ued by re­call­ing that Val­letta will be the Euro­pean Cap­i­tal in 2018, and to­day we see the artists ac­tive at the high­est lev­els ever. Malta and its gov­ern­ment are striv­ing to pro­vide ever more op­por­tu­ni­ties to artists, even at in­ter­na­tional level. He stated that the pro­gramme for the Mal­tese Pres­i­dency of the EU Coun­cil for this event also proves Malta’s com­mit­ment in the cul­tural field.

Min­is­ter Bon­nici con­tin­ued by say­ing that through this ex­hi­bi­tion, Malta de­liv­ered its vi­sion to build a bet­ter Europe with our part­ners, and use art as a means of union be­tween Europe and our neigh­bours, par­tic­u­larly the sea sur­round­ing Malta.

Malta’s Am­bas­sador to the King­dom of Bel­gium Ray Az­zopardi stated that it is our mis­sion to con­vey the mes­sage of the im­por­tance the Mediter­ranean re­gion plays for peace and pros­per­ity in Europe. He fur­ther em­pha­sised on the im­por­tance that our com­mon Euro­pean her­itage can play in chart­ing the fu­ture of Europe.

Min­is­ter Bon­nici urged cit­i­zens to visit this ex­hi­bi­tion at Bozar, which is open un­til 28 May, in or­der to un­der­stand the be­liefs and Malta’s voice, in the Mediter­ranean con­text, as well as Euro­pean val­ues.

He con­cluded by thank­ing ev­ery­one who was in­volved in this ex­hi­bi­tion and made it pos­si­ble for Mal­tese cul­ture, Mediter­ranean and Euro­pean cul­tures to be dis­cussed in Brus­sels.

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