On 2 March 2021, twelve Old Master paintings made the short 20-minute journey from the silent vaults of a Geneva storage facility to board a chartered cargo plane headed for Malta.
A month later, they were joined by the 13th Masterpiece, a painting entitled ‘Madonna of Divine Love’. It had travelled overland and by catamaran, all the way from St Petersburg in Russia, where it had participated in the exhibition ‘After Raffaello’. Held at the renowned State Hermitage Museum, this marked the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death.
‘Masterpieces at MUŻA,’ a Heritage Malta endeavour, proudly reintroduces the output of a remarkable assemblage of trailblazing art luminaries to the world.
Organising an exhibition of this calibre, however, is no mean feat. Besides issues of transportation logistics, conservation assessment, security, and exhibition design, questions involving authorship, scientific analysis, interpretation, and display come into play. Throw Covid-19 into the mix, and this artistic journey, which began in early 2020, takes on a whole new dimension.
Watch this fascinating 10-minute ‘behind the scenes’ documentary to find out what went into planning, setting up, and digitising this prestigious exhibition.