Paris Internationale - © Paris Internationale
Blitz - © Paris Internationale

Blitz was founded in 2013 as a grassroots, artist-run contemporary arts space, and it is housed in a four-level, typical Valletta townhouse, which was originally the family home of founder Alexandra Pace’s grandparents. After standing empty for over 30 years, the building slowly started returning to life through a dedicated and steady restoration process. Now, Blitz is a reference for contemporary art in Malta, and each of its floors shines in its full former glory with a project space for public programmes and workshops, an in-house artist residency and the exhibition galleries.

Since its founding, Blitz has formed an identity and a presence which has extended beyond the island to the international art world, through prominent collaborations with institutions such as Royal College of Arts (London), Central Saint Martins University of the Arts (London), the European Graduate School (EGS) and the annual Network of European Museum Organizations conference (NEMO). In 2015 Blitz launched the Residency Programme which invited artists from Berlin, London, Wroclaw, Athens, Kuwait, Paris and Istanbul to participate via open calls with more than 200 applicants. Also, Blitz has received important mentions by ArtBasel Crowdfunding initiative (2015), and Tate Art Exchange Programme (2016).

In 2018 curator Sara Dolfi Agostini joined the artistic team of Blitz Valletta. Since then, Blitz’s international programme reflects the institution’s commitment to support and showcase Malta-based artists abroad, in high profile international platforms dedicated to non-profit art spaces. Simultaneously, its exhibition and public programmes at home are currently focused on introducing the Maltese community to the practice of established international artists such as Cory Arcangel, Rossella Biscotti, Sara Cwynar, Simon Denny, David Claerbout, Adrian Paci, Simon Fujiwara, Marinella Senatore, Amalia Ulman, Tobias Zielony, to name a few.

Their works have never been exhibited in Malta before, yet specifically resonate with Malta’s unique history, culture and social landscape as much as with the major challenges of our present society. For Blitz, Malta is an inspiring artistic laboratory offering a bridge between past and future, from the Megalithic temples, Baroque churches and masterpieces by Caravaggio, to the growing internet, gaming, blockchain, and new media industries.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Blitz decided to operate in three spaces equally relevant to its community – online with the new platform OPEN, in the physical galleries and in the city of Valletta. Integrating these three spaces, Blitz explores the possibilities to reinvent the notion of a shared, public space for collective thinking. Since the reopening, Blitz has also co-produced the international commission The Journey by artist Rossella Biscotti together with KunstenFestivalDesArts Brussels and Dream City Festival in Tunis.

Blitz’s activities have been featured in some of the most relevant international media – Artforum, Folha de S.Paulo, Flash Art International, Mousse Magazine, Weltkunst, Sole 24 ORE, Artribune and Abitare.
Blitz Valletta website


Alexandra Pace, director
Sara Dolfi Agostini, curator

BLITZ VALLETTA, 68 St Lucia Street,
Valletta VLT1181 , Malta
Opening hours during exhibitions:
Wed - Fri: 2pm - 5pm
Sat: 10am - 1pm
Sun – Tue & public holidays: closed

This exhibition is a reaction to Paris Internationale’s invitation to take over one of the empty kitchens of the building. Embracing the domestic and historical nature of the place – kitchens and bathrooms are the only rooms that are not emptied when tenants leave – as well as the still vivid memories of the pandemic lockdown restrictions, Blitz’s exhibition tackles the comforting separation between indoor and outdoor, and unravels human interactions with nature and furniture in this highly coded space.

The exhibition begins with the psychedelic visions of artist Alexandra Pace in Dreams (2014 - ongoing), a series of ambiguous hand-printed black and white photographs featuring landscapes, objects and bodies. Rather than recording a dream, these artworks relate to the ephemeral state of dreams to create visual narratives aiming at confronting traditional iconographies, inhibitions and loss. Pace’s presentation also includes Corridorworld (2019), a claustrophobic editing of Kubrick’s The Shining. By using fragments of corridor scenes, the artist deconstructs the original film script and builds a scenario in which the characters appear trapped, looped in a state of mutual pursuit without resolution.

The Cave - © Paris Internationale
The Cave

Baryta print, framed
24 x 30 cm
Edition 2/6

Corridorworld - © Paris Internationale

Digital video + sound
Duration: 2’ 20’’
Edition 1/3
Courtesy the artist and Blitz Valletta

Pierre Portelli

Pierre Portelli’s strategic camouflage, instead, targets the curtain of a window with the site- specific installation The Blue Garden (2021), turning an invisible, almost neutral threshold between the building and the exterior into an opportunity to discuss psychological boundaries with nature. The title reflects the exuberance of the appropriated traditional Chintz pattern lovingly imprinted with blue roses, a flower that does not exist in nature. The result of a recent genetic hybridization, the blue rose has come to symbolize the unattainable or the impossible in popular culture. However, in Portelli’s curtain a significant number of flies, similarly rendered in blue, have hacked the idyllic picture.

The Blue Garden - © Paris Internationale
The Blue Garden

Fabric mounted on canvas
Two curtains, each 140 x 322 cm
Site-specific installation
Courtesy the artist and Blitz Valletta

The exhibition continues with Portelli’s Homecoming (2011), a tattoo design replicated with cutlery on painted wood. Common throughout the centuries among sailors in the Mediterranean, the swallow and heart tattoos represent a safe return home to loved ones. By replacing the ink with the cutlery and the skin with the quotidian wood of tables, Portelli translates human feelings into a tangible mix of everyday and artistic materials.
An exploration into our constructed world of pictures – with its haunting power, especially in times of confinement – the exhibition channels the liminal space between reality and imagination as we reconnect to the world that surrounds us.

Homecoming - © Paris Internationale

Cutlery on painted wood
Courtesy the artist and Blitz Valletta

You are using an outdated browser.
Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.