Conrad Shawcross was one of the first artists to visit Malta as a guest of MICAS and he immediately connected with the history and geography of Malta, finding inspiration in the location of the MICAS site, its history, proximity to the sea and the marina, and the views it afforded from its high areas.
MICAS worked closely with Shawcross to curate a display of his works across the MICAS site, which is now in the final stages of construction. Working across several agreed principles, the three distinct bodies of work reflect Shawcross embrace of the possibilities of the physical space. The placing of the works serves to guide the visitor around the grounds, with the sculpture on the fortification walls overlooking the harbour, visible from many vantage points in the environs, signalling a clear message about the future mission of the site.
“The title of this show alludes to its nature: a prelude and a harkening of things to come at MICAS, which opens next year. This also stands as a direct reference to the fact that while MICAS is set to open imminently, the new building is contained within the historic fortifications which have existed for hundreds of years and have witnessed the most breathtaking of histories. The title suggests a sense of foreboding, of unknown, invisible things beginning to materialise, of unknown forces at play, or a predestined outcome.”
What is to become is already here was launched during the MICAS International Art Weekend 2023 and it is supported by the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Restoration Directorate, Visit Malta and Heritage Malta.