MaltaPost plc, in collaboration with Heritage Malta, is holding an exhibition that displays a selection of artworks of the prominent Maltese artist Emvin Cremona. This artist contributed towards Malta’s postage stamp production for a number of years, with several artworks being reproduced on stamp issues.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Joseph Said, Chairman of MaltaPost p.l.c at the National Museum of Fine Arts who said that “The exhibition explores Cremona’s postage stamp artwork with a focus on abstraction in stamp design, the interpretation of the human figure and Cremona’s interpretation of Malta’s cultural landscapes.”
Emvin Cremona’s postage stamp designs raised the profile of Maltese philately during a time of important political developments. His contribution commenced in 1957, with his unique design for a set of stamps commemorating the 15th anniversary of the award of the George Cross. It closes with, among others, his design for the issue commemorating Freedom Day of 31 March 1979.
Cremona’s art defines and establishes the imagery of this historic time-frame through the innovative designs. The artist even challenges the basic standard format of stamp design itself and often adopts daring, contrasting colours. Harrison and Sons Ltd, the printers of a number of these stamps, once stated that Cremona’s original designs always presented a difficult task to print but his designs were like masterpieces of long ago.
The Exhibition ‘Postage Stamp Artwork: Emvin Cremona(1919 – 1987) – Shaping a Modern Identity in Malta’s Philatelic Heritage’ will be open to the general public between the 24th September and the 17th October from 09.00 till 16.30 at the NationalMuseum of Fine Arts, South Street, Valletta. The exhibition will also be open during Notte Bianca on the 25th September.
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