‘I fought the X and the X Won’ is an international visual arts exhibition organised by artists Dionisis Christofilogiannis and Adrian Scicluna. It is curated by artist-curator Raphael Vella and held by Heritage Malta as this year’s summer attraction while complimenting the Malta Arts Festival. The project brings together four Maltese artists and others from Romania, Greece, Italy, France, Poland, Austria, Albania, Slovakia, Canada and the United States. REDWHITEmt got in touch with the Senior Curator for the National Museum of Fine Arts at Heritage Malta, Mr Sandro Debono to speak about this initiative.
“For Heritage Malta’s National Museum of Fine Arts this represents a benchmark; it is our objective to put our contemporary art scene on an international platform. We also believe that this particular exhibition should hopefully be a trend setter. Together with Riccardo Licata’s exhibition at the National Museum of Archaeology, it goes a long way in concretely affirming Heritage Malta’s commitment to the contemporary art scene. We are also thrilled that this show has received positive reviews from Flash Art Magazine, the World’s leading art magazine.”
This exhibition is also an international collaboration with a peer national museum, the Rumanian National Museum of Art in Cluj, which shares similar targets to the Maltese Fine Arts Museum but also focus on contemporary art. ‘I fought the X and the X Won’ is inspired by the song ‘I Fought the Law’ notably the versions by Bobby Fuller Four in the 1960’s and another by The Clash. The show proposes different situations in which one is faced by antagonistic forces and defeat or failure.
“Working with museum networks and such peer institutions should help us reap the benefits that we have set ourselves to achieve for our thriving artistic community. Our contemporary identity is there, no question about that. It has come together in response to our specific socio-political reality which is that of a Mediterranean Nation-State also ultimately part and parcel of the global village world. It is there to be represented; in some instances, such as this exhibition, it also has potential to compare and contrast with the international art scene.”
Participating artists: Dimitrios Antonitsis, Vince Briffa, Gabriel Brojboiu, Austin Camilleri, Dionisis Christofilogiannis, Radu Comsa, Baptiste Debombourg, Sharon Engelstein, Petra Feriancova, Ry Fyan, Helidon Gjergji, Gabriele Grones, Ewa Kuras, Eva Mitala, Michal Moravcik , Tarohei Nakagawa, Adrian Scicluna, Artan Shabani, Katharina Swoboda, Dimitris Tataris, Raphael Vella, Siebren Versteeg.
You may download the exhibition catalogue from here. The exhibition is open till the 15th of August 2011.
Read more and see photos of the launch here