EX LIBRIS is the name of my solo exhibition at the Bibliotheca in Valletta. The centuries old books at Malta’s National Library inspired me so much that I just had to create my own metal books and scrolls. I have always used words and text in my art and this whole exhibition focused on an aspect of that. The work was inspired by the old books at the Bibliotheca that deal with metal, metallurgy, chemistry and alchemy. After a lot of research and an enormous amount of work at my studio, the exhibition opened on May 5. The opening was attended by close to 200 people and it went on to get a lot of attention in Maltese (and even international) media before it ended on June 2.
To see photos from the Opening, please follow the links on this page.The exhibition was endorsed by the Valletta 2018 Foundation and was part of the Cultural Programme during Valletta’s year as Cultural Capital. This is the EX LIBRIS entry on the official website.Here is one of the short trailers created for the exhibition.The exhibition was covered extensively in the media. Here are cultural TV programmes and documentaries about EX LIBRIS:• Meander• MaltArti• A full documentary was created about EX LIBRIS as part of the series “Valletta – Lwien ta-Belt” (Valletta, – the Colours of the City), for now this trailer is available.Articles about EX LIBRIS were written in the following magazines and news papers:• The Times of Malta• Sunday Circle• Indulge MagazineOn May 22 I delivered a talk in English at the Bibliotheca about EX LIBRIS. This informal talk, entitled “EX LIBRIS – the inspiration, the techniques and the passion!” was attended by a crowd of art lovers. The full talk, including Q&A’s, is about an hour long and can be seen here.