Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti’s latest exhibition endeavour will see one of history of art’s greatest subjects of exploration; the line. Both on the page as well as into space and time, the line has manifested itself in many ways, from drawing to weaving, writing, mark-making, singing and storytelling. IN SEARCH OF LINE explores these fascinations and break down ‘line’ to its core elements, exploring the artists’ drive to create and represent images, meanings and emotions through line.
Whilst the line may present itself to be a rather ambiguous subject, reluctant to stay within the confines of the obscure classification on which we rely, it’s open nature, complexity and radical transformation have seen the often overlooked medium create an infinite number of works of art. The line is often a trace of a manual gesture, a trace of the free expression of artistic thought, the expression of the artist’s ideas and impressions. Till today, artist’s question and challenge the line, it’s meaning and representation, it’s linearity and its culture.
Through research and conversation, the endless support and generosity of our private lenders, as well as the collaboration with public institutions, this exhibition invites us out for a walk, and just like Klee’s line, aims to freely explore and understand the vast spectrum which is line.