Of­fi­cial open­ing of the 2018 BOV Joseph Calleja ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion of mod­ern art

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The 26th BOV Ret­ro­spec­tive Art Ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing over 70 works of art by vis­ual artist Joseph Calleja was of­fi­cially opened on 31 May. The ex­hi­bi­tion is hosted by Bank of Valletta plc at the Gran Salon in the Mu­seum of Archaeology, Au­berge de Provence in Valletta.

Ad­dress­ing the guests present at the cer­e­mony, BOV chair­man Deo Scerri said: “We are de­lighted to host this ex­hi­bi­tion and con­cur­rently cel­e­brat­ing an­other out­stand­ing artist who with silent de­ter­mi­na­tion and an in­quis­i­tive spirit left a dis­tinct im­pact on the de­vel­op­ment of mod­ern art in Malta and par­tic­i­pated in in­ter­na­tional artis­tic move­ments in North Amer­ica.”

The works of art on dis­play span many decades, from the 1950s to re­cent years. “Since we started or­gan­is­ing these ex­hi­bi­tions in 1999, we have sought to pay trib­ute to dis­tin­guished Mal­tese artists,” said Scerri. “This com­mit­ment is in it­self tes­ti­mony to Bank of Valletta’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to pro­mot­ing Mal­tese artis­tic tal­ent.”

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Pres­i­dent of Malta and Mr Edgar Preca paid a courtesy visit and were given a brief tour of the ex­hi­bi­tion by the artist him­self.

Born in 1924, Joseph Calleja is a vis­ual artist and ed­u­ca­tor. He stud­ied at the Malta School of Art, Valletta and The Ruskin School of Draw­ing and Fine Art in Oxford, as well as at the Re­gent Street Polytech­nic School of Fine Arts in Lon­don, be­fore mov­ing to Canada in 1958. He has ex­hib­ited widely in Canada. His works fea­ture in nu­mer­ous col­lec­tions in­clud­ing the Na­tional Gallery of Canada and Hamil­ton Art Gallery, On­tario as well as the Na­tional Mu­seum of Fine Arts in Malta.

The cu­ra­tor of this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion is Dr Theresa Vella. Dur­ing her in­ter­ven­tion, she spoke about Calleja’s unique con­tri­bu­tion to mod­ern art in Malta, achieved through his pres­ence in the in­ter­na­tional Op Art move­ment with his ki­netic sculp­tures and “ab­stract paint­ings in light”.

As in past edi­tions, Joseph Calleja’s ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion is be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by a fully il­lus­trated cat­a­logue in­clud­ing a bi­o­graph­i­cal syn­op­sis and re­pro­duc­tions in colour of all the ex­hibits on dis­play.

The ex­hi­bi­tion re­mains open to the gen­eral pub­lic un­til 15 July. The open­ing hours are from Mon­day to Sun­day be­tween 9am and 6pm.

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