One of our favourite things about Arts at Aldabra Atelier & Gallery is Collaboration. The teamwork and sharing of creative ideas builds a magical whizz which empower the artists with inspiration and motivation. We are thrilled to engage in the exhibition 'Goodbye Propaganda' on Sunday 7th April by artist Aaron Lu who resides in Malta since 2012. The exhibition will include guest artists and artistic collaborations with international photojournalist Rene Rossignaud, artist from China He Ping and stockmaker Fabrizio Rivetta as well as music performances by DJ Nigel C, Drummer Max Pixbymax and Swara Duo Toni Curmi and Noel Scerri. The exhibition will be introduced by The German Ambassador, H. E. Mr Walter Hassmann. Those who wish to attend to the inauguration, kindly request invite on email@example.com.
'Goodbye Propaganda' is supported by Faber-Castell The Concept Malta, The AV Warehouse, Callus Garden Centre, Coronation Candles and Knight Music. We are proud to collaborate with organizations who supports art communications in the community, and here is why we want to share with you a commercial collaboration with Eden Cinemas in St. Julians who are exclusively showing Arts on Screen – Exhibitions from world’s premier galleries and most famous and genius artists of all times. Prior to each screening Eden Cinemas carry out a live exhibition in the foyer of a different local artist, accompanied by wine buffet on the premier evening.
REMBRANDT / FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON AND RIJKSMUSEUM, AMSTERDAM
Screenings: Tuesday 9th April at 20:15 and Sunday 14th April at 15:00
Meet the man behind the masterpieces in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum was an event like no other.
Given privileged access to both galleries the film documents this landmark exhibition, whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story, with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions. Exploring many of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians, this EXHIBITION ON SCREEN favourite makes a welcome return to the big screen.
For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived and this film seeks to explore the truth about the man behind the legend.
THE PRADO MUSEUM - A COLLECTION OF WONDERS / FROM MADRID
Screenings: Friday 19th April at 20:30 and Sunday 21st April at 15:00
If only museums could talk! The Prado Museum is celebrating its 200th birthday in 2019.This film tells the story of its life, featuring Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons.
The spectacular journey takes us to Madrid, covering six centuries of the history of Spain as a nation. History told trough the nine thousand works of art to be found in the
Museum’s collections. From Velázquez, Goya, El Greco to Titian, Rubens and Bosch to name just a few.
A painting is canvas, colour, matter, and form, but it is also the story of men and women, painters and kings, palaces and queens, wealth and misery, body and soul.
On Saturday 8th February, photojournalist Hristo Rusev shared his story as an international photojournalist with the MIPP members at the Malta Institute of Professional Photography in Paola.
In the past 2 years, Hristo has done reportages from 14 countries and his Life Stories have been acknowledged and published by the world’s most prestigious media: The New York Times, The Guardian, The Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNN, Associated Press, National Geographic Magazine, New York Magazine, ELLE Magazine and others. His name has been ranked among the names of the best contemporary Bulgarian photojournalists, and in the last 3 consecutive years he has been awarded The best Bulgarian young photojournalist prize, as well as the first prize in the category International Photojournalism.
The Ten Beyond
Photography Exhibition at Aldabra Gallery, SmartCity Malta
THE TEN BEYOND is a photographic project which brings together the outstanding work of ten of the Malta Institute of Professional Photography (and Malta’s) top photographers; they are ten artists who excel in a particular genre. It is high time to acknowledge these passionate artists not only for the work they constantly regale and inspire us with, but for clearly demonstrating that we have local photographers who are more than a match for top international photographers.
The exhibition, an idea by curator Kevin Casha and directed by Gabriella Mallia, is being held at Aldabra Gallery at SmartCity, will be a showcase for the best that local photography can offer. The fifty prints (five from each author) have been printed by MIPP main sponsors ILAB Photo and PhotoInk who, for this project, have admirably joined forces so as to jointly give their usual professional service to the project; no matter how good an image is, high-end printing is imperative in order to bring out the best quality possible. All the photographers selected to participate are resident in Malta and their names are synonymous with top quality photography. During the selection, the curator looked at consistency, passion, creativity and track record. The AV Warehouse provided the setup of the gallery in collaboration with Think 1st while Brincat Piano’s made possible the presence of a Baby Grand Kemble where Ms Kristýna Babuliková will be playing Chopin on the inauguration of the exhibition.
Guido Bonett’s nature work is second to none, whilst the consistent high level of sports photography shown by Domenic Aquilina has been proven time and time again. Keith Ellul and Samuel Scicluna are both major exponents of the landscape but their work shows that there are many different paths towards producing engaging photography with this genre. Ramon Curmi’s passion with astro photography has enabled most of us to view and marvel at images that we would not have dreamed of, whilst Veronica Busuttil takes us into the wonderful realm of underwater photography. The photojournalistic work of Darrin Zammit Lupi needs no introduction and again he continues to show his mastery not only by telling a story with a single image but by adding design, aesthetics and composition – elements that take his work to another level. Johan Siggesson’s amazing wildlife work is very different from what we usually encounter; he not only documents his subjects but his creative input gives his images that Fine Art feel. Joseph Lungaro is a talented all-rounder who excels in travel photography, again not only by documenting what his camera captures but by using his keen visual sense and skill of captivatingly capturing the moment when the light is at its best. Duncan Cauchi, on the other hand, painstakingly creates artistic images using the difficult medium of water and is capable of freezing instances in time in order to give us a glimpse of how a passionate photographer can produce engaging work from the simplest of subjects.
This exhibition brings together some of the cream of top local talent together in one gallery. All the exhibitors are Malta Institute of Professional Photography members. ArtMalta invites Special Guest Hristo Rusev to launch his book ‘The Last Eternal Mime’. The documentary which will be presented in Malta is a photo essay (2014-2018) on the subject of pantomime art in which Hristo Rusev is telling the story of Guerassim Dichliev and Marcel Marceau and their struggle.The exhibition will be open to the general public at Aldabra Gallery, in Smart City from the 11th of February to the 25th of March between 9am and 6pm.
L-Għaxra Lil Hinn (The Ten Beyond)
Wirja ta’ Fotografija fil-Gallerija Aldabra, SmartCity Malta
‘L-Għaxra Lil Hinn’ huwa proġett fotografiku li jgħaqqad ix-xogħol eċċellenti ta' għaxar fotografi mill-aqwa. Il-fotografi li huma membri tal-Istitut tal-Fotografija Professjonali ta' Malta (MIPP), huma għaxar artisti li jisbqu f’ġeneru partikolari. Wasal iż-żmien li nirrikonoxxu lil dawn l-artisti passjonati mhux biss għax-xogħol li bih kontinwament jispirawna u jaffaxxinawna, imma biex nuru biċ-ċar li għandna fotografi lokali li tabilħaqq iħabbtuha mal-aqwa fotografi internazzjonali ewlenin.
Il-wirja li oriġinat minn ħsieb tal-kuratur Kevin Casha u taħt id-direzzjoni ta’ Gabriella Mallia, u li qed issir fil-Gallerija ta' Aldabra fi SmartCity, se tkun qiegħda twassal l-ifjen xogħol li l-fotografija lokali tista' toffri. Il-ħamsin ritratt (ħamsa minn kull awtur) ġew stampati mill-’ILAB Photo’ u ‘PhotoInk’ li ingħaqdu b’mod eċċezzjonali għal dan il-proġett biex flimkien jagħtu s-servizz professjonali tagħhom sabiex toħroġ l-aqwa kwalità possibbli permezz tat-teknoloġija superjuri fl-istampar. Il-fotografi kollha li ġew magħżula biex jipparteċipaw huma residenti f'Malta u isimhom huwa sinonimu mal-fotografija tal-aqwa kwalità. Waqt l-għażla, il-kuratur ħares lejn il-konsistenza, il-passjoni, il-kreattività u l-kisbiet ta’ unur. ‘The AV Warehouse’ ipprovdew l-arranġament tal-gallerija b'kollaborazzjoni ma' ‘Think 1st’ filwaqt li ‘Brincat Pianos’ għamel possibbli l-preżenza ta' Baby Grand Kemble fejn Kristýna Babuliková se tkun qed idoqq kompożizzjonijiet ta’ Chopin waqt l-inawgurazzjoni tal-wirja.
Ix-xogħol tan-natura ta’ Guido Bonett huwa xogħol mingħajr paragun, filwaqt li l-konsistenza fil-livell għoli ta’ fotografija sportiva muri minn Domenic Aquilina ġiet ppruvata għal darba wara l-oħra. Keith Ellul u Samuel Scicluna t-tnejn huma esponenti ewlenin tal-pajsaġġ, imma x-xogħol tagħhom juri li hemm ħafna toroq differenti fil-produzzjoni tal-fotografija involuta f' dan il-ġeneru. Il-passjoni ta’ Ramon Curmi bil-fotografija tal-astronomija ppermettiet lil ħafna minna biex aħna wkoll naraw u nħarsu lejn stampi li ma stajniex noħolmu, filwaqt li Veronica Busuttil teħodna fid-dinja meraviljuża ta’ taħt il-baħar. Ix-xogħol fotojurnalistiku ta' Darrin Zammit Lupi m'għandux bżonn ta' introduzzjoni u għal darb'oħra jkompli juri l-ħakma tiegħu mhux biss billi jgħid storja b'immaġini waħda imma billi jżid id-disinn, l-estetika u l-kompożizzjoni - elementi li jieħdu x-xogħol tiegħu f’livell ieħor. Ix-xogħlijiet mill-aqwa ta’ Johan Siggesson dwar il-ħajja selvaġġa huma differenti ħafna minn dawk li aħna normalment niltaqgħu magħhom għaliex mhux biss jiddokumentaw s-suġġetti tagħhom imma l-kontribut kreattiv tiegħu joħloq arti fina fl-immaġini tiegħu. Joseph Lungaro huwa fotografu versatili li jeċċella fil-fotografija tal-ivvjaġġar. Hu wkoll, mhux biss jiddokumenta dak li taqbad il-kamera imma juża s-sens viżiv qawwi tiegħu u l-ħila li biha jaqbad il-mument meta d-dawl ikun fl-aqwa tiegħu. Duncan Cauchi, min-naħa l-oħra, joħloq b'attenzjoni l-istampi artistiċi bl-użu tal-ilma li huwa mezz diffiċli u kapaċi jiffriża l-istanzi fil-ħin sabiex jagħtina ħarsa lejn kif fotografu passjonat jista' jipproduċi xogħol ta' impenn anki mill-aktar suġġetti sempliċi.
Din il-wirja tiġbor uħud mill-aqwa talent lokali flimkien f' gallerija waħda. L-esibituri kollha huma membri tal-Istitut tal-Fotografija Professjonali ta' Malta (MIPP). ArtMalta tistieden lill-mistieden speċjali Hristo Rusev biex iniedi l-ktieb tiegħu “The Last Eternal Mime”. Id-dokumentarju (2014-2018) li se jkun ippreżentat f'Malta huwa dwar is-suġġett tal-arti tal-pantomime li fih Hristo Rusev qiegħed jgħid l-istorja ta' Guerassim Dichliev u Marcel Marceau u l-ġlieda tagħhom. Il-wirja se tkun miftuħa għall-pubbliku ġenerali fil-Gallerija ta' Aldabra fi Smart City mill-11 ta' Frar sal-25 ta' Marzu bejn id-9 ta' filgħodu u s-6 ta' filgħaxija.
Text by Kevin Casha, President of the MIPP
Translated to Maltese by Gabriella Mallia, Co-founder of ArtMalta
As we prepare for the exciting exhibition 'The Ten Beyond' and the Book Launch of 'The Last Mime' at Aldabra Gallery, we are celebrating with you by sharing some awesome benefits.
Firstly, I would like to invite you all to dedicate some time for yourselves and visit the Aldabra Gallery at SmartCity between the 11th February and 25th March 2019. You will definitely be inspired by the talent and dedication of the 10 photographers - members of the MIPP - who excel in their genre of photography, carefully selected by the curator Kevin Casha. To surround yourself with such art is surely one of the best perks you can enjoy. Through their high-end printing services, ILAB Photo and PhotoInk brought out the best quality possible.
Moreover, since we do believe that through arts we can create a better future, we are also happy to share the benefits of car sharing with you since GoTo Parking is conveniently available at SmartCity.
GoTo presents you with free minutes using the promo code: ALDABRA25
Everyone who registers with this code will get 25 Free Driving Minutes. This way, you can simply download the application by following this button and get free transport to visit 'The Ten Beyond' Exhibition!
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And for those who are determined to take their photography skills to another level, The AV Warehouse who are kindly providing the setup of the gallery for this exhibition are helping you to gear up for all occasions by offering you an exclusive 15% off on heavy duty Photographic Cases, offer valid til the end of February 2019.
Paul Haber Retrospective Exhibition
Timepieces holding stories of their own, created from ideas by the hands of the artist who has reached and inspired so many others along his career. In these 37 artworks and installations, we see the artist bringing abstraction into reality. Paul Haber gives character to his creations, and each one transmits emotions. The retrospective exhibition at Aldabra Gallery invites the viewers to take a moment and immerse themselves in this journey of the artist and to freely interpret what they see.
There are happenings around us that sometimes we forget to look at - such as turbulence and gravity. We look at the sea for example but not at the stream and the forces acting on it. In Paul I find an artist who looks further than that; an artist so close to nature that he captures those forces and transforms them into an artwork that we can see. He finds the detail and he brings it to us in his own interpretation of nature. He captures the inverted spaces and the weight of gravity into natural forms. He gives them confidence in strong, particular colours.
''His art connects us to nature, to each other and to ourselves. ''
Haber’s art reminds us to look further and not to be oblivious to the forces affecting our realities. His art connects us to nature, to each other and to ourselves.
On Thursday 6th December 2018, I have had the privilege to attend to the MSA Gold Medal Award Ceremony presented to Paul Haber where I have witnessed a collection of experiences and emotions that the artist has presented to a global community through his dedication. Along with the artist’s outstanding career and profound relationship in Ceramics technique, I am particularly touched by the artist’s genuinity in his devotion.
Aldabra Gallery welcomes the public to visit Paul's work which is available up to 3rd January 2019.
Musician Toni Curmi is back on Guitar after 10 years!
On Thursday 22nd November 2018, Toni Curmi mesmerized the audience at Pintonino Valletta Waterfront - Malta. Toni Curmi was the special guest at the 3rd edition of Arte e Vino: a fusion of arts, music, food and wine by Art Malta Sound in collaboration with S. Rausi Trading Ltd. The evening entitled ‘I Have Something to Tell You’ creatively directed by Artist Aaron Lu, invited the star of the evening to share his journey as a musician.
The niches at the location held photographs, awards and memorable icons from Toni’s experiences. The audience joined the warm atmosphere of the evening in conversation and enjoyed a dedicated menu by the host and chef patron Charles Pintonino. From his early days in approaching music, the first encounter and inspiration to master his techniques in guitar playing, the sudden steps, lifetime experiences, obstacles and joyrides - the audience listened attentively to what Toni had to tell us. ‘Hekkoja’ the Ibanez Guitar hand painted by Aaron Lu was unveiled. Toni surprised us all with a memorable live performance and took us on a journey in music; transposing us from one story to another in sounds. Through his experience in Sitar playing and intensive interest in music techniques, Toni reached another level of maturity in guitar playing which was expressed with great passion to the delight of those present.
Noel Scerri, who has known Toni and played together for many years, expressed that he was blown away and surprised by Toni’s excellent performance. ‘Vice Versa’ the painting by Aaron Lu which was presented at the evening depicts the artist's vision of Toni and Noel as ‘musically inseparable’ and a complimentary reflection of one another. The painting which is the cover of the new upcoming album by Swara was declared as a silent auction with the proceeds going to the making of the album.
Also present at the event were Mr. Kurt Camilleri representing SmartCity Malta, Mrs Anna Ferris representing Faber Castell - The Concept Malta, artists and friends.
Who is Anthony Curmi?
A baggage of experience dating back to 1985, both locally and overseas. Double Malta Music awards winner with Rock band Blade back in 1998. He has performed live as well as recorded albums or session recordings both locally and overseas.
Excels in freestyle musicianship with very well trained musical ear. Anthony plays also Didgeridoo, percussions and Guitar. With his roots in Rock music (lead guitarist). Eventually he took a definite side step towards eastern music, especially Indian Classical Music. Offers a lot of spirit and verve in his music and style. Currently gigging with Cushion as well as preparing musical material for the band's first EP.
Who is ArtMalta?
ArtMalta, a communications platform merging arts, music, design and business audiences was born in January 2016. The concept was co-founded by Gabriella Mallia and Aaron Lu (nom de plum Luigi Rossi). By August of the same year, ArtMalta organized the PoP Up Art Gallery at Villa Castro Naxxar with 50 artists, performers and designers. ArtMalta organized a number of events in Malta and in Italy, including art exhibitions and music concerts.
In May 2018, ArtMalta started to operate at Aldabra Ateliers & Gallery in SmartCity Malta. With an online platform of more than 12,000 members and 3 main sub-division brands; Think1st (Design), ArtMalta Sound (Music), and AMOT (On Tour Projects), ArtMalta seeks to continue to bring the message of good taste and respect in communications. ArtMalta is a journey of meeting and discovering dedicated people through arts, a platform of sharing creative ideas and bringing people together to create new experiences.
Photos by Max Pixbymax
Video by Noel Scerri
Fit-3 ta' Novembru 2018, infetħet il-wirja ta' Paul Haber fil-Gallerija Aldabra, fi SmartCity. F' din ir-Retrospettiva li b'unur qiegħda tippreżenta 37 skultura u installazzjoni, Haber isir l-awtur li jerħi l-ispirtu tiegħu fi tfittixa ta' disinji ġodda, id f' id mal-istint artistiku tiegħu. Skultura għaqlija, b' ambizzjoni fit-teknika u b' kuluri saturata li fi kliem l-artist, huma ''l-kuluri ta' Malta.''
Il-forom jirriflettu xbihat fin-natura, xi mdaqqiet karnali. Oħrajn juru r-rabta tal-artist mal-wirt kulturali ta' pajjiżu. Ir-Retrospettiva ta' Haber hija mixja f'żewġ vjaġġi paralleli; l-ewwel mixja hija matul l-esperjenzi tal-artist li jesebixxi b'tant dedikazzjoni u umilta` minn art twelidu, saħansita fiċ-ċentru ta' Pariġi f' Ġunju 2018.
It-tieni mixja hi dik bejn dak li jesperjenzaw is-sensi viżwali fl-estetika u bejn is-sotto-konxju f'għarfien surrealista. L-artist qiegħed ipoġġi f'armonija disinji u kuluri avventurużi, fejn waqt li l-għajn tal-udjenza tiġri ma' dawn id-disinji, l-udjenza ssib ruħha f'mistoqsija quddiem dawn il-kompożizzjonijiet ġodda.
Tispikka l-liberta` tal-artist f'dawn ix-xogħlijiet li mhumiex ristretti anzi qalbiena. Il-kunfindenza u l-esperjenza tal-artist fil-ħidma taċ-ċeramika, tippermettilu jintilef fil-produzzjoni artistika waqt li jħaddan id-dixxiplina fit-teknika, u joħloq b'għożża kompożizzjonijiet b'karatteristiċi individwali.
Paul Haber ggradwa fiċ-ċeramika mill-Kulleġġ tal-Art Ċentrali ta' St. Martin f'Londra wara studji intensivi fl-arti u l-iskultura f'Malta, l-Italja u r-Renju Unit.
Ħajr speċjali lil The AV Warehouse
Aldabra Atelier & Gallery is truly exited to introduce our first guest at #artevinoatpintonino. Please welcome Giovanni Soldini and the Crew of MaseratiMulti 70 Giovanni Soldini Pagina Ufficiale
With Chef Patron Charles Pintonino and Marchesi Antinori.
Special mention to S. Rausi Trading Ltd - Wine, Spirit & Beverage Merchants
A Message from Noel Scerri at The Plaza
This is an experience I will never forget... a piano improvisation at the center of an art gallery. It is hard to explain how powerful and at the same time magical it is. It is truly inspiring.
I would like to thank all the audience that have watched my performance.
Wish to personally thank Aaron Lu Luigi Rossi and Gabriella Mallia for making this a reality and for their continuous support. Would also like to thank the management of The Plaza, Sliema for providing the space and for their contribution in art.
Another thanks goes to Brincat Pianos for providing this amazing piano and also to Andrew Bugeja for perfecting its condition.
Would also like to thank Just Burger for their kindness in sponsoring our food.
Special thanks to my family (especially to my wife Sylvana), to Cushion and all my friends.
And finally a big well done to all the artists involved at Aldabra Atelier & Gallery❤️
In the fast-paced age we live in, speed is sometimes mistaken for quality.
In visual arts as in music, the 'tempo' does not determine the quality of the art piece but rather gives it style and mood.
Following a teaching career of 40 years, Alfred Camilleri recognizes the intensity of timings in a composition.
Every artist has his own 'tempo'.
Today we are truly honored to announce that Alfred will be observing #AlanAquilinaCase and Nikolai Bonello Jenkins to help them grow closer to their 'tempo' in art.
'Procedure Oriented' is one of the activities atAldabra Atelier & Gallery where young talent is given the opportunity to cross junctions in direction to their own pathways; learning at their own pace by observation and reflection through a constant critical reflection.
Alan and Nikolai will be working on the Project 'I Come in Peace' in Aldabra's Atelier #3, which will be exhibited, at Aldabra Gallery, SmartCity Malta between 1st - 7th May 2019.