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The Collection: cluster essays

The works in the collection are being divided into clusters. As such these correspond with individual essays by Toni Sant about aspects of note in the collection. Here are some initial thoughts about each cluster; the order and contents may change as things move along. --Toni Sant (talk) 10:23, 24 March 2020 (EDT)

Cluster 1

These are the most notable works in the collection from an art historical perspective. This does not mean that other works in the collection are not also notable. The works in this cluster are notable in their own right. They add greater value to the collection than what is added to them by being in the collection.

Cluster 2a

A number of works by artists who were either already established in Malta at the time that they exhibited at the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity or ones or subsequently became fairly notable in the local art scene. The works are not always very representative of the individual artists broader body of work and in some cases seem to have been donated merely to satisfy the obligatory requirement for donation to the national collection.

Cluster 2b

The works in this sub-cluster are representative of the types of works that were being produced by the many painters on the local art scene at the turn of the 21st century. These works have entered the collection by virtue of fact that the work was exhibited at the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity under the obligatory donation requirement in place at the time. No further works by these artists have appeared in the Spazju Kreattiv programme.

Cluster 3

This cluster contains works by non-Maltese artists who exhibited at the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity. Some of the artists have closer connections with Malta than others, sometimes through family ties. The works entered the national collection through the requirement for obligatory donation in operation at the time of the original exhibition.

Cluster 4

A number of works by notable contemporary artists. Most frequently the donation of work to the collection is problematic simply by the nature of the work. The works listed here are to be considered carefully in the context of ways this collection is different from any other collection containing more conventional works of visual art. The works collected from the Remembering the Future research project should also be consider as part of this cluster, even if (possibly) handled separately.

Cluster 5

The legacy of Gabriel Caruana is captured here. This notable artist should/could really be part of Cluster 1 but there is a significant body of works in the collection that owe much to his legacy either directly or indirectly.

Cluster 6

VIVA has yielded a number of works by international artists into the collection, most notably works by three artists from China. This cluster provides an opportunity to reflect on the role and potential of VIVA in relation to the collection, as well as the development of works by artists from China who have continued to present their works to Malta, introducing the public and the local art scene to new aspects of art in contemporary China.