Inside “Edi Hila: Painter of Transformation” exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw presents the first retrospective exhibition of the Albanian painter Edi Hila, titled “Edi Hila: Painter of Transformation”.

Edi Hila Painter of Transformation

Curated by Erzen Shkololli, Joanna Mytkowska and Kathrin Rhomberg, the “Edi Hila: Painter of Transformation” exhibition presents Hila’s comprehensive work, which intimately documents the recent Albanian history.

The exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw fits within a series of exhibitions devoted to overlooked artists from Eastern Europe. One of the last neglected masters, Edi Hila was born in Shkodra, and lives and works in Tirana. He was educated in his native Shkodra, a city with ancient beginnings, known as the cultural capital of Albania. He is affiliated with the Tirana Academy of Fine Arts, where he worked for many years as a professor.

Edi Hila Painter of Transformation

He primarily works in series treating a selected theme over several paintings, after carefully selecting the themes for these paintings. The most important of Hila’s series include Paradox (2000–2005), Relations (2002–2014), Threat (2003–2009), Roadside Objects (2007–2010), Penthouses (2013), Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard (2015) and A Tent on the Roof of the Car (2017). The realism of his painting is distinct, based on careful observation of detail, which he exploits to convey the psychological truth of the observed phenomenon.

Edi Hila Painter of Transformation
Edi Hila Painter of Transformation
Edi Hila Painter of Transformation
Edi Hila Painter of Transformation
Edi Hila Painter of Transformation

On display: March 2–May 6, 2018 – More infomation here.

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