"In the Light of...Malta” echoes the theme of the Maltese Presidency of the EU and features paintings that seek to explain how and to what extent Malta’s Mediterranean light is captured in the forms, themes and brushwork of different generations of Maltese artists.
Since joining in 2004, Malta has been the European Union’s smallest and most densely populated country. Due to its geographical location, it has always been a melting pot and has a heritage of 7,000 years as a meeting point for customs and cultures.
From January until June 2017 you can see works of Maltese art in the European Parliament in Brussels, Altiero Spinelli building, 3rd floor, zone G and in Strasbourg’s Louise Weiss building, level 1, zone N. This exhibition brings together works of art from the permanent art collection of the European Parliament and from Malta itself.
You can enjoy and compare Malta’s light in the works of notable Maltese painters such as Alfred Chircop, Pawl Carbonaro, Marco Cremona, Luciano Micallef, Kenneth Zammit Tabona, Celia Borg Cardona, Anna Grima, Madeleine Gera, Anthony Spagnol, John Grima, James Vella Clark, Jesmond Vassalo and Teresa Sciberras.
Malta’s capital Valletta will host the European Capital of Culture in 2018 and so culture is at the top of the national agenda.
Have an illuminating visit!
The EP art collection was started in 1980 on the initiative of the first President of the directly-elected European Parliament, Simone Veil. Her aim was to introduce at a European level the custom of exhibiting European works of art, as practiced by many national parliaments. The first works of art were purchased from 1982-1989. A second set of acquisitions followed from 1989-1993, while a third tranche, approved in 1997, completed the process of acquiring works from the original EU-15 countries. Following the accession of Central and Eastern European countries in 2004, 2007 and 2013, the Bureau adopted a fourth acquisition plan for the years 2006-2010, in 2010 the fifth plan for Bulgaria and Romania and in 2013 the sixth plan for Croatia which completed the collection for EU-28.
Over 30 years the European Parliament has acquired 387 representative works of modern art, with a focus on young, promising artists at the beginning of their careers. Today the collection comprises over 600 paintings, sculptures and other artworks from all EU Member States and beyond, including works of art donated or loaned by national parliaments and other institutions.
The works of art are displayed at the European Parliament's three places of work in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg. In order to give everyone a chance to enjoy the collection, the European Parliament opened in December 2011 this online gallery.
For more information on the collection or particular works of art see FAQs (link) or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.