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FONDAZZJONI PATRIMONJU MALTI

Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti (Maltese Heritage Foundation) is a non-profit making organisation established in 1992 to promote and disseminate Maltese cultural heritage through prestigious exhibitions, research and publications. 

In the year of its inception, Patrimonju organised its first exhibition featuring antique Maltese clocks, which focused on the unique Maltese wall clock popularly known as l-Arlogg tal-Lira.  The catalogue-raisonne of this exhibition was also the first of a long series of publications on Malta’s cultural heritage.  Patrimonju’s publishing division is responsible for these exhibition companions, as well as for other publications by a number of erudite historians.  This division is also responsible for the well established Treasures of Malta, a magazine of art and culture that is issued three times a year.

One of the most spectacular exhibitions organised by Patrimonju was undoubtedly The Silver of Malta exhibition, which was set-up at the Sala del Gran Consiglio in the former Palace of the Grand Masters in Valletta.  This exhibition highlighted 400 years of domestic Maltese silver, and consisted of more than 1,500 pieces. 

Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti’s next major project delves deep into the story and development of music and sound in Malta via the colourful influences of the Mediterranean. The project titled Music in Malta – From Prehistory to Vinyl will consist of a major exhibition as well as a full programme of performances by local and foreign musicians. The exhibition will run between 14th April and 16th June of 2019 and is being guest-curated by Dr Anna Borg Cardona, music historian and one of the leading authorities on local musical folklore and folkloristic instruments. It will cover the history of music in Malta from prehistory all the way up to the early twentieth century. Through a display of musical instruments sourced from Maltese private and public collections, it will demonstrate how Malta’s traditional instruments and sounds fit into a Mediterranean context. More information about the exhibition and its events can be found by visiting this website: www.musicinmalta.com

The success of these and other exhibitions over the years, encouraged the Foundation to devote its energy and enthusiasm to a larger and more permanent project, and in 2001 Patrimonju entered a management agreement with the Capt. O. F. Gollcher O.B.E. Art & Archaeological Foundation, whereby Patrimonju was to restore Palazzo Falson to its former glory, and transform it into a Historic House Museum.

For more information about Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti or how to become a patron, please visit the website at www.patrimonju.org

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