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Events programme unveiled in run-up to contemporary art space's 2021 launch

Talks, an AV exhibition and artistic project as Micas project picks up speed

Micas will be built at the currently inaccessible San Salvatore rampart close to the Garden of Rest in Floriana. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Micas will be built at the currently inaccessible San Salvatore rampart close to the Garden of Rest in Floriana. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A series of talks on contemporary art and an audio-visual exhibition will in October kick-start the process leading to Malta getting an international contemporary art space in 2021.

Culture Minister Owen Bonnici announced the Micas launch plans at a press conference on Wednesday morning.

The programme of events will include the unveiling of Swiss world-renowned artist Ugo Ronindone’s project, a series of talks on contemporary art and an audio-visual exhibition about the former Ospizio site in Floriana, where the art space will be located. It will also fill the adjacent Ritirata site.

Although the project will be launched in October, Micas is only slated to open its doors to the public in 2021.

The minister said that it was also interesting to witness the involvement of the community, which he said should feel part of the project.

“Maltese artists have long been dreaming about this and we are now finally ready to give birth to a concept,” Dr Bonnici went on, describing the space as having a “robust footprint of 13,000 square metres”.

The Micas will be the first national space dedicated exclusively to contemporary art and will serve as a platform to showcase art and visual culture through exhibitions, collection displays and installations as well as a range of cultural activities and educational events.

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