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Birth centenary of pioneer of Malta postage stamp designs

Postage stamps are an ordinary day-to-day function and unless you are a philatelist or a collector, not much notice is normally taken of them. However, the stamp designs created by Emvin Cremona between the 50s and the 70s are regarded as artistic works of art.

MUŻA is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Maltese designer with a public discussion.

Malta has a precious artistic heritage much of which was created during the 20th Century and the work of Emvin Cremona, regarded as one of Malta’s foremost artists, in the words of MUŻA Curator Katya Micallef, left a significant impact on Malta’s art history.

She said from every aspect Cremona was a great artist and even as a student won the great praise of his tutors, including Edward Caruana Dingli; also when he studied and exhibited in Rome and also in London and on his return to Malta he was enticed to begin work on various churches.

In addition to his works in various churches, including Msida, Ħamrun and the Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, he has also remained distinct for his postage stamp designs between 1957 and the beginning of the 1970s.

His daughter, Anna Cremona, said his innovative stamp designs won international appreciation and that at one point he had an attractive invitation to go and work in the United Kingdom. She said her father was wanted to design British stamps as a designer with a large company and his work would have been solely to design stamps.

Another of his daughters, Sylvana Pace, said his stamp designs put Malta on the international philately map.

His works are also permanently exhibited at the UN HQ in New York and the World Health Organisation building in Geneva.

Sylvana said her father had left a great legacy behind and she was extremely proud to be his daughter.

On Wednesday, Heritage Malta will celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth with a discussion at MUŻA during which relatives and other artists will commemorate his memory, including aspects of his private life, some of which are not so well-known.

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