Valletta residents pick artworks for ‘Naqsam il-MUZA’ project

As the Fine Arts Museum transitions to MUZA, Valletta residents pick ten artworks to represent the city

Staff Reporter
2 March 2016, 4:19pm
Naqsam il-MUŻA participants at the Fine Arts Museum. From left to right: Antonella Grech, Gilbert Agius and Mario Cassar
Naqsam il-MUŻA participants at the Fine Arts Museum. From left to right: Antonella Grech, Gilbert Agius and Mario Cassar
Jointly developed by the Valletta 2018 Foundation and Heritage Malta, Naqsam il-MUŻA is an exercise in community curation whereby members of an identified community choose and present artworks from the art collection to be soon on display at MUZA.

The National Museum of Fine Arts is currently transitioning to MUŻA, Malta’s new national-community art museum to open its doors as a flagship project during 2018, when Valletta is named European Capital of Culture.

Naqsam il-MUŻA is an exercise in citizen participation. The project was launched in Valletta with 10 members of the Valletta community visiting the National Museum of Fine Arts. Each participant then presented his choice of artefact to friends and family members, and proposed the location where his choice of artwork is now installed.

The final selection is currently installed on St George’s Square, St Joseph Street, East Street, Marsamxett Road, Old Theatre Street, St Barbara’s Bastions, Merchant Street, the Upper Barrakka Gardens, St Paul’s Street and Old Bakery Street. Over the coming weeks and months, the project will reach out to other towns and villages all over Malta. Marsa and Kalkara are next in line.

The project is led by Valletta 2018 Foundation in collaboration with Heritage Malta.

More information about this project on the Valletta 2018 website www.valletta2018.org or the National Museum of Fine Arts Facebook page