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Issue 6

Issue 6

March 2019

Editor’s note: Art provides respite from the mundane. By choosing to step into an exhibition, you enter someone else’s world – the artist and curator’s – in which you are compelled to feel something that you can relate to, or even disagree with. Public art doesn’t require you to make that choice, it is seen by all walks of life, out in the open, and needs to engage us all – but how? Inside this issue Lisa Gwen Baldacchino discusses public art in Malta and its development and impact (page 11) – a topic which will be explored again in Artpaper’s next issue.

In this issue, our writers bring you highlights, exhibitions and events happening all around the world: Ann Dingli checks out the retrospective exhibition for Lucio Fontana at the Met Breuer in New York (open until 14 April, page 44); George Eynaud explores the Pierre Bonnard retrospective at the Tate Modern in London (running until 6 May, page 36); and Karen Grech discovers unique paintings by the forgotten female artists active in Vienna during the first half of the twentieth century at The Lower Belvedere (until 19 May, page 17). Our Berlin correspondent Gabrielle Spiller writes about the impact of Bauhaus after its formation 100 years ago (page 8); Sandro Debono falls for Frank Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation museum building in Paris (page 22); and Christine Xuereb Seidu reports on the latest scoop from Africa – specifically, ‘dynamic Senegal’ (page 43).

Meanwhile, back in Malta, we interview photographic artist Ritty Tacsum ahead of her solo show at Palazzo de la Salle (open until 28 March, page 34); and the American painter SJ Fuerst who lives in Gozo and is exhibiting at Lily Agius Gallery (until 20 April, page 24). Professor Richard England looks at the relationship between architecture and poetry (page 27), architect Konrad Buhagiar explores the idea behind politics in portraiture (page 20) and Joanna Delia uncovers how art history in Malta has historically favoured art by men (page 13).

Let art and design take you on a journey, and we will see you again with another edition in June. If you would like to be involved in Artpaper you can contact us by email on

This issue is dedicated to our proof reader Judy Falzon.

Lily Agius

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