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Title: Visualisations of identity : the Malta national collection of paintings and sculptures in the making (1903-1974)
Author: Debono, Sandro (Alexander)
ISNI:       0000 0004 7965 1016
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis seeks to understand the making of Malta's national collection of paintings and sculpture during the twentieth century, with the establishment of the Malta museum institution in 1903 and the inauguration of the National Museum of Fine Arts in 1974. It seeks to underpin the dialectic between Malta's very specific geopolitical context and how this informs the development of the collection. I will argue that the context informs the collection as a visualisation of identity. My project seeks to understand the process behind the development of the national collection and the elements which define, inform and shape it rather than its history. Through my research I establish and articulate the distinct type of Maltese national identity which shapes and informs the national collection and the ways and means how this happens. What the collection stands for, described and understood as a visualisation of identity, goes beyond the mere representations of nationalistic subject, topics or national authors to include a metaphorical visual narrative informed by aspirations to consolidate a national identity. The thesis identifies a range of strands which inform, influence and determine the collection's iterative development. This thesis contributes to a better understanding of the Malta national collection of paintings and sculptures and contributes towards a better understanding of the ways and means how national collections effectively contribute, help shape and indirectly inform identity construction. Indeed, this thesis seeks to show how collections are powerful identity constructs, albeit informed by art history narratives. It concludes that national collections pertaining to liminal culture ecologies have their own characteristics which are distinct and go beyond art history.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.779405  DOI: Not available
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