‘Carbonaro’: Art Exhibition displaying works from Pawl Carbonaro’s private collection
A new exhibition “Carbonaro” is currently open at Il-Ħaġar Museum in Victoria, Gozo. The exhibit showcases 60 works by Malta’s renowned landscape artist, Pawl Carbonaro, all from his private collection.
Carbonaro’s work is highly esteemed, his emotive paintings capture the beauty of a subject by deftly balancing the figurative and abstract. Museum curator Joseph Farrugia described it as “visual poetry” documenting scenes and structures from all the places Carbonaro has spent time over the last two decades, namely Malta, Gozo, Brittany, Spain, Ireland, Greece, Alsace, and Italy. He remarks that these have a beauty unspoiled by ugly structures and cranes, and he raises grave concerns about how few areas, even in Gozo, remain unaffected by urbanisation.
Despite having grown up in Sliema, he has spent the last three decades living in the much quieter Gozitan town of Żebbuġ, in search of that same tranquillity he has found elsewhere. This body of work in particular includes landscapes from Gozo’s Żebbuġ, such as those of Sanap Cliffs, Cliffs, and Xwejni. Furthermore, nine monochrome etchings that were recently published from plates that Carbonaro made thirty years ago are featured in the exhibition.
This exhibition offers an interesting chance to view the highly renowned work of Carbonaro from a different angle. ‘Carbonaro’ is open at The Heart of Gozo Museum, Il-Ħaġar, until November 5. The museum is located at St George’s Square in Victoria, Gozo, and is open Monday through Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. Entrance is free, but for €20 you may get a copy of the accompanying publication ‘Carbonaro, in the popular Il-Ħaġar GEMS series’.