In Searh of Line - A New Exhibition

An exhibition which focuses on movement, feelings, emotions and images is running until January 2024

Now showing at the Victor Pasmore Gallery, IN SEARCH OF LINE is Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti’s latest exhibition which explores the nature of the line and how it has manifested itself over time, a subject that has challenged, inspired, and intrigued artists over many centuries. Through this selection of works, mostly of Maltese twentieth-century artists, such as Josef Kalleya, Alfred Chircop and Gabriel Caruana amongst others, as well as some works from the Victor Pasmore collection, the exhibition, designed by FPM Creative Director Michael Lowell and curated by Sarah Chircop, also from FPM, dives deep into the artists’ drive to create and represent images, meanings, and emotions through line. A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue accompanies the exhibition, featuring essays by prominent artists, art writers, and philosophers, including Matthew Attard, Robert Brewer Young, Vince Briffa, Richard England, Giulia Privitelli, and Michael Zammit.

The reflective, poetic piece penned by the curator, introduces the three main sections of the catalogue—the line’s manifestation in invention, gesture, and movement—which, in turn, correspond to the flow of the exhibition itself. The point-form structure and seemingly
fragmented ideas, gradually combine into a consistent narrative, deepened by the essays of the various authors, each written with an independent rhythm inspired by the highlighted artwork.

Inviting, yet inconclusive, these essays are intended to act as guides, mere signposts, along an imaginative, visual, sensorial journey in search of the concept, expression, and legacy of line, through stunning examples of Maltese art history.

An intricate and carefully detailed piece of art displayed at the exhibition

Victor Pasmore, known as the father of British Abstraction, was a pioneer of the abstract art movement in Britain and a leading figure in its development. Moving from figurative painting to constructivism and on to abstraction, Pasmore found the latter to be the truest form of
expression. Five of Pasmore’s Linear Symphonies form part of this exhibition. They are displayed together in a cube format and are accompanied by a soundscape, whereby the visitor is invited not just to look at Pasmore’s lines, but also to listen to their movement, their story.

This is a subject that Pasmore developed and executed in various media—drawing, paint, prints—over many years, experimenting with the rhythms and sounds of abstract painting that he referred to as ‘visual music’. The Victor Pasmore Gallery, under FPM’s management and previously housed at the Polverista Gallery at the Central Bank of Malta, in Valletta, has been closed since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. FPM’s new premises at APS House, 275, St Paul Street, Valletta, were inaugurated on 30 September 2023, with the launch of the current exhibition. These premises will also be the permanent home of the Victor Pasmore collection, scheduled to open to the public in 2024.

IN SEARCH OF LINE runs till 14th January 2024. The Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00 (last entry 16:00); Thursday, 10:00 – 19:00 (last entry 18:00). Tickets can be purchased from the door. For more information visit

Both paintings and artistic figures will be shown at the exhibition