I was kindly invited to an Easter exhibition in Gudja by Jesmond Farrugia, a local man who has a collection of over five hundred crucifixes!
This is a unique exhibition in Malta displaying many various types of crucifixes from all over the World, from places such as France, Belgium, Jerusalem and Italy.
The Crucifixes are pieces of art where the oldest is almost 500 years old!
Many of them are made by Maltese artists, like Karlo Darmanin (1909), local sculptor from Senglea.
What is interesting are the different kind of materials used, which reflect the artistic iconografic style of the different countries of origin, as well as the historical period.
In fact, Jesmond has put together crucifixes collected from generation to generation which you can see his collection.
Crucifixes made of wood from the Black Forest (Germany), or of papier-mache like the ones of the Italian Sculpor Luigi Gucci (from Lecce) or in nacre from Philippines.
Some of those are made of Maltese stone and the ones in porcelain are 200-250 years old.
In the collection are also featured some relics brought to Malta by the Knights, the most precious of the collection is a piece of wood from the Holy Cross.
The exhibition includes two series of statues representing the Passio Christi, one is made of terracotta by the sculptor Paul Aquilina from Gozo and the other one is made by another Gozitan sculptor, Cutajar Zahra. Both of them are very famous artists here in Malta. This particular exhibition is presented by Cleaven Formosa, Jesmond’s close friend.
In the pictures below you can see some of the Crucifixes and the day of the inauguration with the Minister Dr Konrad Mizzi.
I found some Crucifixes from Assisi, the town of San Francis, which reminded me of my Region and the many times I went to Assisi, one of the most beloved places for me!
“Crocefisso”- Wirja tal-Gimgha l-Kbira
Exihibition Opening Hours:
From 1 to 16 April 2017 weekdays: 6pm- 9pm,
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 12pm and 5pm – 9pm.