Holy Week Exhibitions in Malta and Gozo in 2022

The traditional Holy Week exhibitions return this year. Here are some of the exhibitions held in various localities.

Birkirkara

The St Joseph the Worker Exhibitions Society presents the 22nd edition of its annual Good Friday Exhibition at the St Joseph the Worker Parish Center at 71, Bwieraq Street, Birkirkara.

Title Il-Misteru tal-Mewt u l-Qawmienit features various sets of Good Friday statuettes, a replica of Golgotha, including more than 300 traditional clay statuettes, church models, scenes and symbols from the Passion of Christ depicted in colored semolina, rice and from the past, and miniature replicas of Altars of Rest, among other sacred objects related to Good Friday.

Other attractions include symbols and costumes of Roman soldiers and a life-size statue of Christ the Redeemer.

The exhibition is open until Good Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Holy Thursday it will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to midnight, while on Good Friday it can be visited from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free entry.

For more information, visit www.wirjasgh.webs.com or the Company’s Facebook page.

Mosta

As part of its annual activities, the Culture Commission of the Philharmonie Nicolò Isouard organizes a Holy Week exhibition at the company’s premises.

The exhibition is divided into two sections: one featuring miniature Good Friday statues (modeled on those in the Rotunda) and the other sacred works by various artists.

The exhibition is open at the Nicolò Isouard Band Club, 222 Main Street, Mosta, until Good Friday. On weekdays, it is open in the evening from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday, it is also open from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

the Għaqda Filantropika Talent Mosti also hosts a Holy Week exhibition at its premises in the Razzett tal-Markiż Mallia Tabone at 27, Triq Wied il-Għasel, Mosta. Various artists and collectors participate. The exhibition is open until Easter Monday to Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is also open on public holidays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free entry.

For more information, visit the Razzett tal-Markiż – Cultural Center Facebook page.

Pieta

One of the statues on display at Pietà.

the Sezzjoni Ġimgħa l-Kbira ta’ Gwardamanġa-Pietà presents a number of Holy Week exhibits in the Sala Yvonne, rue Sainte Monique, Pietà, under the forecourt of the parish church of Our Lady of Fatima.

Among others, there is a set of statues of the Passion, an effigy of the Holy Sepulcher, a model church, a life-size sculpture of the dead Christ, a life-size statue of the risen Christ and a Baroque-style Last Supper with 13 life-size figures.

The premises will be open until April 16 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. From Maundy Thursday to Easter Saturday, they will also be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. On Maundy Thursday, the doors will remain open until 11 p.m.

Rabat

The Wignacourt Museum in Rabat hosts a collection of paintings on the theme of Good Friday: Via Crucis… paved by George Apap.

The museum is open Monday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry.

Sliema

A display of the Last Supper as part of the 'Għandi l-Għatx' exhibition in Sliema.A Last Supper part of the ‘Għandi l-Għatx’ exhibition in Sliema.

the Kummissjoni Festi of the parish church Sacro Cuor, in collaboration with the Sliema Philharmonic Society, hosts the exhibition Għandi l-Għatx at the company’s premises at 34, rue St Trophimus.

Other exhibits include a display of the Last Supper with life-size statues and a set of Holy Week statues sculpted by the late Guido Lanfranco.

On display for the first time is an exhibit on Gologtha by Jesmond Pace.

The exhibition is open every day from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday April 10 also from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. On Maundy Thursday it will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., while on Good Friday it can be visited from 8 a.m. to noon.

Victoria

Il-Ħaġar The Museum of Victoria hosts an exhibition of traditional Good Friday statuettes imitating those carried in the Passion processions. They are the work of George Buttigieg of Lija and Alfred Camilleri of Iklin.

Other current highlights include papal items, such as the last cassock worn by Pope Francis as cardinal, and the Architect as Artist exhibition, a huge retrospective of Richard England.

The museum’s permanent collection also features exhibits related to Lent.

Admission is free to this cultural center open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

The museum is supported by the Malta Tourism Authority and the Cultural Heritage Directorate of the Ministry of Gozo.

Xaghra

The parish church dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Xagħra presents two exhibitions: Vexilla Regis and Pastorumcomposed of exhibitions of golden crosses made by Laura Caliendo and Gabriele Di Mizio in the main sacristy and an exhibition of artistic sacred images and art objects by various artists in connection with Holy Week at the oratory. The exhibitions run until Easter Sunday.

The Vocations Center under the parish church in rue Giuseppe Rapa and run by the parish altar boys, hosts two exhibitions entitled Crux Fidelis: the reconstruction of the Last Supper and Golgotha. These exhibitions are open Monday to Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Holy Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Good Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Victory Philharmonic Society also organizes a Holy Week exhibition at the society’s premises in Marija Bambina Street. The exhibition is divided into two sections: one featuring miniature Good Friday statues and the other Golgotha. It is open at the Victory Band Club on Marija Bambina Street until Easter Sunday.

Żebbug (Malta)

As it has done for 30 years, the May 12 Band and Social Club once again presents a display of rice and semolina of plates and frames with images representing the life and passion of Jesus Christ, as well as a representation miniature of the last supper table.

The exhibit is open May 12 Band and Social Club through Good Friday evening daily. On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday it will also be open in the morning.

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James C. Tibbs