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Malta Pavilion, 57th Venice Art Biennale, exhibition design project

Photocredit Bettina Hutschek

Photocredit Bettina Hutschek LR (3)

Photocredit Bettina Hutschek LR (4)

Photo Credits Bettina Hutschek

The Malta Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale a complex installation that brings together the work of thirteen artists and a diverse selection of artefacts from national and private collections, in a non-hierarchical and a-chronological set up.

Architecture Project developed purposely modular exhibition structures, based on elemental structural principles and on a limited palette of materials. The exhibition design provides a homogeneous and neutral background to exhibit over 220 objects of different natures within the large historic Arsenale building with its striking bricks and trusses. Large parts of the exhibition structures were composed of pre-fabricated triangular shaped foldable elements and addressed the demand for an economic production, compact shipping volumes and a short installation time. The flexibility and inter-changeability of the exhibition tables facilitated the crafting of carefully constructed physical and visual connections between the 19 chapters and their objects, setting up a framework of views in support of the overall spatial experience.


Photocredit Bettina Hutschek

Photo Credits: Tom Van Malderen

The exhibition set-up enables the audience to participate, ask questions and discover both intricate details and the wider collection of objects at one go. Using both the floor and trusses of the imposing hall to display and piece everything together immerses the audience, blurs the relationship between ‘looking at’ and ‘being part of’, and eliminates the separation between subject and object. The work unfolds whilst the audience changes position. Moving between the cluster arrangements, underneath banners and firework structures, behind the curtain of a box and in front of a billboard, visitors find themselves within the work whilst viewing it. For a moment, time and space, inside and out, beginning and end collapse to make the audience disappear in the non-hierarchical, a-chronological world of Homo Melitensis.


Artist-Curators: Bettina Hutschek and Raphael Vella

Scenography: Tom Van Malderen, Architecture Project, assisted by Martina Cutajar


Project Details

  • Date:
    May 2017
  • Client:
    Arts Council Malta
  • Value:
  • Location:
    Venice (Italy)