The President of Malta

President George Vella launches fine arts exhibition ‘But I See Beauty’


President George Vella launched the fine arts exhibition titled ‘But I See Beauty’ in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund featuring 35 artists who have generously donated their work to raise funds for this noble cause.

During the launch of the exhibition, President Vella thanked all the artists and the Fine Arts committee for ensuring that the works of art proposed for sale on a first come first served basis are valued and appreciated by connoisseurs and collectors alike.

“There is a great need to open and actuate a contemporary art museum as soon as possible in our country. We have many classic pieces in our museums but most of us are not familiar with the contemporary and the less we are exposed to it, especially our children, the less they will understand it and the less they will read it,” said President George Vella while calling for art and artists in Malta to be further promoted.

Mr Lawrence Pavia, Chairperson of the Fine Arts Committee within the MCCF, said that instead of holding the art fund-raising event in the form of an auction, this year it was decided to hold a curated exhibition.

Ms Melanie Erixon, curator of the exhibition said that the theme of the ‘But I See Beauty’ challenged the artists to create artworks which originate from an element of what could be considered as ugly/unpleasant/unattractive and transform it into beauty.

While quoting Confucius, ‘everyone has beauty, but not everyone sees it’, Ms Erixon said that the exhibition aims at exploring how art can show beauty where it is least expected and how artists can portray beauty in ugliness.

The public may visit the exhibition at the Antoine De Paule Hall at San’Anton Palace on Saturday and Sundays between today (Saturday 8th October) and Sunday 23rd October between 0900-1230 and 1700-2000hrs. All works are also available on

The exhibition is supported by APS Bank, Atlas Insurance and M. Demajo Group.

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