Prestigious exhibition in Gozo by French artist Edouard Manet

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Prestigious exhibition in Gozo by French artist Edouard ManetToday, is the 135th anniversary of the death of French artist Edouard Manet. He played a tremendous role in the development of international art and opened previously untapped venues of artistic exploration leaving a crucial mark in subsequent developments in Art History.

On Sunday evening, Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana presided over the inauguration of a prestigious exhibition at the Ministry, which brings for the first time ever to Gozo – and to Malta – the works of this great French artist.

Dr Caruana said that it is an historic moment for our small island to host thirty etchings of the great Manet produced posthumously in a final edition by German art dealer and collector in Paris, Alfred Strölin, in 1905, from the original plates by Manet. The plates were eventually cancelled by Strölin himself to avoid further impressions.

She added that the Ministry for Gozo is convinced that “through education and artistic appreciation of the highest order we can all raise Gozo’s profile locally, and internationally.”

The Minister remarked that, the exhibition has been possible through the presence of international art dealer Valerio Ballotta, who has been collaborating with Abraham’s Arte for some months to bring to our shores works by international artists.Prestigious exhibition in Gozo by French artist Edouard ManetHe and his team, have brought together key players in the artistic cultural scene in Malta and abroad: the Galleria Ceribelli of Bergamo, whose owner Arialdo Ceribelli was present for the inauguration and the Accademia Raffaello of Urbino.

The Edouard Manet.exhibition is endorsed by the Arts Council Malta and Valletta 2018. It also is with the collaboration of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Malta, represented at the opening by one of the curators, Gozitan Dr Mark Sagona, and further collaboration with Dr Chiara Gatti – a prominent art critic and art historian in Italy.  “It is thanks to this teamwork that this exhibition has also been made possible,” said the Minister.

The Minister for Gozo concluded by saying that both she and the Ministry give their full backing to such initiatives. “This exhibition crystallises the vocation and ambition of Gozo – to create excellence by attracting artistic and cultural excellence and collaboration between local and international players, thus making it a hub which will raise its prestige and importance locally and beyond.”

The exhibition will also be open to public during Gozo Alive, which will be held between Friday 18th and Sunday  20th  May.

Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri

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