PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Inauguration of MU?A, a Euros 10,000,000 project for the Malta National Community Art Museum – the first of its kind

The new national museum of art in Malta is a flagship project for our European Capital of Culture� Valletta 2018 and is pioneered by Heritage Malta. The chosen name, MUZA, whilst being an acronym and the Maltese word for inspiration, is also a clear reference to the muses – the mythological creatures from classic antiquity inspiring creativity.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said, MUZA is a gift to Malta in the occasion of Valletta 2018 as the European Capital of Culture. A gift for everyone. A gift for our children who as from this year will be able to bring their parents and it will be the children that will provide their parents with a free entry, not the other way round. Now, we have a place in our Capital City, which truly does justice to our culture scene as a people, despite being the smallest Nation State in the European Union and also one of the smallest around the world.

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici commended this ambitious EUR 10 million project partially financed through EU funds. He stated, this building is a real-life testament of our vision and legacy, which we wish to pass on to future generations.

In the past years, our decision making process has led to the strengthening of our investment within this sector, both in a financial way, and through more professionalisation within the sector, whilst we provided more space for artists and creatives, so that we keep on nurturing their talents both locally and internationally, Minister Bonnici continued.

The extensive rethinking and rebranding of MUZA was announced in December 2013. MUZA seeks to adopt and purposely develop a participatory museum model for the arts, with particular reference to its national museum remit. By highlighting narratives, MUZA aims to empower participants to experience, engage and co-create irrespective of knowledge levels, turning traditional museum audiences into participants. MUZA seeks to be a significant community asset promoting social cohesion, intercultural dialogue, creativity and inspiration.

MUZA can be seen as a hybrid of public spaces, galleries and retail facilities, equally relevant within one interconnecting weave that defines MUZA as a national community art museum. MUZA also serves as an art gateway to our capital city and country.

The story content of MUZA can be classified in four parts, Mediterranean, Europe, Empire, and the Artist. The museum’s collection has well over 20,000 works of art.

This community art museum’s interpretation strategy is to be a knowledge ladder; acknowledge the museum’s visitors as participants, to have a shared museum experience as co-creators of knowledge; to recognise the diverse motivations that might inspire participants to engage with art and culture; to cultivate the ability to think critically and analytically; and to promote social bridging amongst diverse cultures and communities.

This museum runs on a new green-powered energy efficient infrastructural system to optimise the passive energy efficient features present in the historical building.

All these objectives are in relation to the experience MUZA has to offer in its totality, including the museum’s vision, which is communicated through outreach and initiatives, which go beyond the venue.

Source: Government of Malta


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PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Inauguration of MU?A, a Euros 10,000,000 project for the Malta National Community Art Museum – the first of its kind

The new national museum of art in Malta is a flagship project for our European Capital of Culture� Valletta 2018 and is pioneered by Heritage Malta. The chosen name, MUZA, whilst being an acronym and the Maltese word for inspiration, is also a clear reference to the muses – the mythological creatures from classic antiquity inspiring creativity.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said, MUZA is a gift to Malta in the occasion of Valletta 2018 as the European Capital of Culture. A gift for everyone. A gift for our children who as from this year will be able to bring their parents and it will be the children that will provide their parents with a free entry, not the other way round. Now, we have a place in our Capital City, which truly does justice to our culture scene as a people, despite being the smallest Nation State in the European Union and also one of the smallest around the world.

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici commended this ambitious EUR 10 million project partially financed through EU funds. He stated, this building is a real-life testament of our vision and legacy, which we wish to pass on to future generations.

In the past years, our decision making process has led to the strengthening of our investment within this sector, both in a financial way, and through more professionalisation within the sector, whilst we provided more space for artists and creatives, so that we keep on nurturing their talents both locally and internationally, Minister Bonnici continued.

The extensive rethinking and rebranding of MUZA was announced in December 2013. MUZA seeks to adopt and purposely develop a participatory museum model for the arts, with particular reference to its national museum remit. By highlighting narratives, MUZA aims to empower participants to experience, engage and co-create irrespective of knowledge levels, turning traditional museum audiences into participants. MUZA seeks to be a significant community asset promoting social cohesion, intercultural dialogue, creativity and inspiration.

MUZA can be seen as a hybrid of public spaces, galleries and retail facilities, equally relevant within one interconnecting weave that defines MUZA as a national community art museum. MUZA also serves as an art gateway to our capital city and country.

The story content of MUZA can be classified in four parts, Mediterranean, Europe, Empire, and the Artist. The museum’s collection has well over 20,000 works of art.

This community art museum’s interpretation strategy is to be a knowledge ladder; acknowledge the museum’s visitors as participants, to have a shared museum experience as co-creators of knowledge; to recognise the diverse motivations that might inspire participants to engage with art and culture; to cultivate the ability to think critically and analytically; and to promote social bridging amongst diverse cultures and communities.

This museum runs on a new green-powered energy efficient infrastructural system to optimise the passive energy efficient features present in the historical building.

All these objectives are in relation to the experience MUZA has to offer in its totality, including the museum’s vision, which is communicated through outreach and initiatives, which go beyond the venue.

Source: Government of Malta


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