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Opportunity for visitors to new Arts museum to discover the artist’s muse

The new Arts museum, MUŻA, will be diffrent to others because the visitor, apart from admiring the exhibited works of art, will be helped to understand and possibly even discover the muse of the artist in order for him to create, or try to create, a particular painting, sculpture or other artistic objects.

By the end of the year the Auberge d’Italie will be re-opened as the new Arts museum, which is intended to make art accessible and understandable to everyone.

The museum curator Sandro Debono explained that this is one of the main projects of Valletta 2018, and is intended to make art and our cultural heritage more accessible.

“The idea is that if someone does not have expertise or does not really understand art, they can still have access and an easy way to understand who the artist was, the way he was inspired and ultimately, to appreciate that the artist was a human being like us.”

In order for those who visit  MUŻA to appreciate the works on display, it was decided to use technology in all its forms to understand the history of the artistic work, and to possibly even discover what inspired the artist.

To this end, over the last year various professional artists have been working on audio-visual material which will be on display at the museum including the creation of the monument “the unknown solider” by the Maltese sculptor, Antonio Sciortino which remained on paper, but which was an inspiration for other similar monuments throughout the world.

Sandro Debono said, “we do not know why it was never made, but one of the problems was probably a financial one. However, today’s technology gives us the possibility of building it and creating the same experience as if it had been built physically or as close as possible to reality. All this is giving a much clearer, more articulate and accessible picture which is linked to the history of art in Malta and the ambition of the artist over the years.”

In all, 21 audio-visual projects were created, some of them interactive, intended to allow the visitors to not only experience the museum, but to be critical, ask questions and possibly even provide them with their own muse to be artistic.

The project is partially funded by the EU, as part of the European Regional Development Fund and the European Structural and Investment Fund 2014-2020.

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