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LuginsLand of Art launches the collective exhibition ‘Space & Time’ and Educational Programme inviting the audience to witness the ongoing restoration of this historical, architectural gem.



On March 20, 2024 - LuginsLand of Art, formerly known as Villa Luginsland, opened its

doors for its exhibition preview, "Space & Time," curated by renowned Slovakian set

designer and architect - Boris Kudlička and the launch of the concept set to breathe

dedicated spaces for the artistic community within the Villa which is currently under

restoration. Ministers Owen Bonnici and Minister Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi graced the

occasion, witnessing the restoration endeavours and visionary aspirations of the villa. The

project is supported by OmenaArt Foundation, founded by Omenaa Mensah, Polish

philanthropist, businesswoman, and art collector, who welcomed esteemed guests and

artists to the villa.



“For the first time, we are happy to open the doors to LuginsLand of Art . My team and I

have been working on this unique project for many months. We are excited to share the

beginning of something truly special. I have always had a profound admiration for historic

edifices. I am extremely excited to breathe new life into one of the most significant historical

sites in Malta and provide an opportunity to share a dedicated area to the artistic

community in the future” - says Omenaa Mensah.

Joanna Popiol, Director of LuginsLand of Art, underscored the meticulous conservation

efforts and fruitful collaboration with the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage,

highlighting the commitment to preserving and honouring the villa's rich heritage and

legacy.



The front part of the villa was dedicated to its long history and showcasing the ongoing

restoration works, research and efforts in preserving the historical aspects. The inaugural

exhibition ‘Space & Time’ curated by a renowned Slovakian set designer and architect -

Boris Kudlička with curatorial collaboration of Maria Galea and Joanna Sczul, showcases the

works of renowned Maltese and Polish artists and encompass both site specific

installations which have been created in line with the curatorial concept and the historic

reference of the site, as well as a curated selection of works from pre-existing series by the

artists. The visual narrative establishes an intriguing dialogue between Neo-Renaissance

architecture and Contemporary Art, aiming to create an intersection between the past and

present through intercultural exchange.



“The main inspiration for the exhibition is the villa itself, its profound history and marvellous

architecture. We invited renowned Maltese artists to create site-specific works that

represent the dialogue with the space and temporal dimensions of the villa. I am very

happy with the diversity of the collection as the artists utilise different mediums and each of

them presents their own unique perspective to the subject.“ - says the curator Boris

Kudlička

Cultural Manager Maria Galea underlines the gratitude felt as Maltese citizen in

appreciating the work being conducted to both preserve and revive such a

magnificent historical space. “It is admirable that Luginsland of Art and OmenaArt

Foundation are inviting artists to be part of it, creating an important intercultural

exchange.”



Featured Artists:

Mario Abela, Victor Agius, Matthew Attard, Norbert Attard, John Paul Azzopardi, Austin

Camilleri, Monika Falkus, Antoine Farrugia, Nicolas Grospierre, Michał Jackowski, Ida

Karkoszka, Lia Kimura, Marcin Maciejowski, Karol Palczak, Janek Simon, Nikola Vudrag,

Xawery Wolski, Jakub Julian Ziółkowski, Maurycy Gomulicki


Site specific works

The commissioned site-specific art installations at LuginsLand of Art feature the works of

Maltese artists Matthew Attard, Victor Agius, Mario Abela, and Antoine Farrugia. These

pieces integrate history, nature, and architecture, with the respect to villa's profound history.

Each artist brings a unique perspective to their work, aiming to blend with the villa’s

architectural and archaeological elements. From Matthew Attard’s digital landscapes to

Victor Agius’s sculptures, these works evoke a dialogue between the past and present.

Mario Abela’s installation prompts viewers to reflect on their impact on the world, while

Antoine Farrugia’s use of Maltese limestone pays homage to the villa’s architecture.

Together, these pieces form an intriguing display of artistic expression, inviting visitors to

explore the intersection of time and space at LuginsLand of Art.


The exhibition is open for visitors during the Educational Programme and on the selected

days: March 20th-22nd and March 25th-28th 12:00pm - 3:00pm.


Educational Programme

Alongside the exhibition, LuginsLand of Art is also organising the educational programme

to be launched on the 23rd March, which will extend until the end of May. The programme

encompasses discussion panels and workshops, each delving into various facets of art and

its relationships, including architecture, archaeology, community, and artistic legacy. These

panels feature distinguished Maltese and international artists, art historians, and art

professionals who bring their perspectives on historical, social, and anthropological issues

to the fore. The programme aims to foster an environment for discussion and offers an

opportunity to explore the villa's ongoing construction, restoration, and preservation efforts.


The Educational Programme:

Art & Architecture - 23th March

Art & Archaeology - 6th April

Art & Conservation - 4th May

Art & Technology - 18th May

Art & Legacy - 31st May



About Omenaa Mensah

Omenaa Mensah is a Polish philanthropist, businesswoman, art collector, and founder of

OmenaArt Foundation. With her rich experience, Omenaa leads worldwide projects and

initiatives in the realms of design, architecture and art. She passionately invests in emerging

artists, bolstering their growth and creativity. Motivated by her deep-seated love for art,

she takes on ambitious endeavours aimed at conserving and rejuvenating historical sites.

Her expertise has garnered accolades from stalwarts in architecture and design, including

luminaries like Boris Kudlička, Bruno Moinard, Alessandro La Spada, and Gio Pagani.

Omenaa is also devoted to emphasising the importance of social responsibility within

cultural realms. Her foundation is engaged in philanthropic activity, such as the coordination

of the Grand Charity Auction TOP CHARITY, one of the most prestigious philanthropic

events in Europe that promotes the best Polish and international artists. The initiative has

been recognised and selected by Luxury Lifestyle Awards which celebrate the best luxury

services all over the world.


Photo Credits: Brian Grech


LuginsLand of Art website: https://luginslandofart.com/

Registration to view the exhibition: https://forms.gle/iJz6kqSug5Ujzip77

LuginsLand of Art Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luginsland_of_art

OmenaArt Foundation website: https://omenaartfoundation.com/en/

For more information contact: alicja@villaluginsland.com

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