“Václav Havel – Reminiscences”

“Václav Havel – Reminiscences”

A series of events, including exhibitions, film screenings, lectures and discussions will commemorate in Tirana for four days Vaclav Havel, the late Czech Republic’s first president after the Velvet Revolution against communist rule. The events brought to Tirana by the

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Italian 20th century masterpieces land in Tirana

Italian 20th century masterpieces land in Tirana

TIRANA, Jan. 17 – Masterpieces of Italy’s 20th century art have landed in Tirana in one of the most special exhibitions Tirana’s National Art Gallery has hosted along with the 2010 showcase of some of greatest global masters such as

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Albanian ‘castle legend’ showcases in Strasbourg

Albanian ‘castle legend’ showcases in Strasbourg

TIRANA, Jan. 16 – The legend of Shkodra’s landmark Rozafa castle where a woman is believed to have been sacrificed to prevent it from collapse is being showcased at the Council of Europe’s Arts Club in Strasbourg. Exploring the relationship

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Unknown Idromeno pictures come to light

Unknown Idromeno pictures come to light

TIRANA, Jan. 10 – Previously unexhibited pictures by early 20th century Albanian master Kole Idromeno that came to light during the restoration of the landmark Marubi photo museum and its rich collection in the northern Albanian city of Shkodra will

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Artist with Albanian roots opens new Canadian exhibition

Artist with Albanian roots opens new Canadian exhibition

TIRANA, Jan. 12 – Zeqirja Rexhepi, a Canada-based artist with Albanian roots has opened a solo “Self Portrait” exhibition at Nova Scotia’s The Craig Gallery of Alderney Landing. The 61-year old Kosovo born artist who has been living in Canada

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Self-taught video artist wins Onufri competition

Self-taught video artist wins Onufri competition

TIRANA, Jan. 5 – Albanian self-taught video artist Ilir Lluka has been announced the winner of the 2016 Onufri visual arts competition that brought to Tirana works by more than forty local and foreign tourists. His winning “Further Inside” installation,

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Shkelzen Doli brings Vienna New Year atmosphere to Tirana

Shkelzen Doli brings Vienna New Year atmosphere to Tirana

TIRANA, Jan. 3 – Performing the famous Strauss ‘Blue Danube’ waltz, Austrian artists wore Albanian traditional hats and drank raki alcoholic drinks in their debut Tirana concert with Shkelzen Doli, an Albanian-Kosovo Vienna Philharmonic violinist who entertained Albanians with his

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Ex-American Idol contestant picked as Albania’s Eurovision representative

Ex-American Idol contestant picked as Albania’s Eurovision representative

TIRANA, Dec. 26 – U.S.-based Kosovo singer Linda Halimi has been voted to represent Albania at the 2017 Ukraine Eurovision song contest. The 27-year-old singer, a 2016 American Idol contestant, had been placed a favorite to win this year’s national

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Italian 20th century masterpieces to display in Tirana

Italian 20th century masterpieces to display in Tirana

TIRANA, Dec. 21 – Italian 20th century masterpieces will be featured in Tirana next January at a special exhibition from the collection of Rome’s Modern Art Gallery. “The exhibition, curated by Arianna Angelelli, Maria Catalano and Federica Pirani presents the

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Forty artists featured in Onufri’s ‘Stranger than Kindness’

Forty artists featured in Onufri’s ‘Stranger than Kindness’

TIRANA, Dec. 22 – More than forty Albanian and international artists are participating in this year’s traditional Onufri exhibition, Albania’s most important traditional visual art event in the past two decades, which this edition has been dedicated to Mitrush Kuteli,

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                    [post_content] => havel 1A series of events, including exhibitions, film screenings, lectures and discussions will commemorate in Tirana for four days Vaclav Havel, the late Czech Republic’s first president after the Velvet Revolution against communist rule.

The events brought to Tirana by the Czech embassy in Tirana will kick off on Jan. 25 at the Center for Openness and Dialogue (COD) at the Prime Minister's office with the “Václav Havel: Politics and Conscience" photo exhibition, to continue with a discussion on Havel's legacy by Michael Žantovský, the director of the Václav Havel Library in Prague, at the Tirana Times Book House and conclude with two movie projections at the COD.

The photographs cover the journey of Václav Havel throughout the 20th century: From the Prague Spring in 1968 to the Velvet Revolution in 1989 and to the three presidency terms in the office of Czechoslovakia and later Czech Republic.

One of the most influential political figures of the late 20th century, Vaclav Havel is first and foremost a playwright, poet and philosopher who started his political career as an opposition leader to later become the last president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic’s first.

Throughout his life, Václav Havel took a strong stance in defence of those marginalized, powerless and oppressed. The main principles of Havel's politics were conscience and responsibility, values so often lacking in today’s world. Many words Havel wrote during his lifetime are as teasing, intriguing and, indeed, timeless.

 

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January 25 to 28  -  Photographic exhibition “Václav Havel: Politics and Conscience” at the Center for Opening and Dialogue (COD) located at the Prime Minister’s office

January 25 - Discussion on “Václav Havel's legacy” with Michael Žantovský, the Director of Václav Havel Library, at the Tirana Times Book House.

January 25 - The “Citizen Havel” movie with English and Albanian subtitles will be screened at 18.00 hrs. at the COD.

January 26 - Lecture by Michael Žantovský “On Václav Havel” will commence at 11.00 hrs. at the COD. At 18.00 hrs., the “Leaving” film will be screened at the COD. The film was directed by Václav Havel in 2011 based on the motives of his play.

January 27 - Screening of the "Citizen Havel" movie at the COD.
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                    [post_content] => galeria 2TIRANA, Jan. 17 - Masterpieces of Italy's 20th century art have landed in Tirana in one of the most special exhibitions Tirana's National Art Gallery has hosted along with the 2010 showcase of some of greatest global masters such as Picasso, Warhol, Clemente and Chagall.

Amid paintings, sculptures, watercolors and sketches, the exhibition curated by Italy's Arianna Angelelli and Maria Catalano of Rome's Modern Art Gallery and Federica Pirani, traces the early 20th century art in Italy with its roots in Rome.

Wonderful women portraits, famous people, still life, landscapes, views from the Eternal City and Roman lowlands inspired great 20th century Italian artists such as Balla, Carrà, De Chirico,  De Pisis, Capogrossi to create some of the Italian art masterpieces, part of Rome's landmark Modern Art Gallery, says the Italian Institute of Culture in Tirana.

Through six sections, the Late Naturalism and Symbolism, the Roman Secession, Futurism and Aeropainting, Italian Tradition and Dialogue with the ancient, the Roman School, Figuration and Abstraction, the exhibition comes as unique dialogue unveiling the diversity of 20th century Italian artistic movements.

"This is an exhibition where the Albanian public is introduced to 102 works mainly in the oil on canvas technique belonging to naturalism, symbolism futurism and abstraction periods. It features about 60 artists including Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carra, Giorgo De Chirico, Fortunato Depero, Gulio Turcato, Giacomo Manzu etc. Paintings dominate the majority of works but there are also 10 terracotta and bronze sculptures," says Artan Shabani, the director of Albania's National Art Gallery.

"I think this is an exhibition full of diversity including the genres and personalities of the early 20th century artists. This period is important in every country's art especially in post-war Europe because it allows one to reflect over societies emerging out of war. It's the movements of Italian migration, the post-war period characterized by enthusiasm, but also the tough intellectual and philosophical movements," he adds.

galeria 3Albanians will be able to visit the Italian masterpieces for two and a half months until April 2 at only €5 with group visitors and students offered discounts.

Back in 2010, an exhibition brought to Tirana by Italian collector Francesco Martani showcased works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, Basquiat, Chagall, Sironi.

Albania's neighbour across the Adriatic, Italy is the host of some half a million Albanian migrants, including a community of some 100,000 Albanians who settled in southern Italy in the 15 century during the Skenderbeg era. Thousands of Italians have also discovered Albania in the past few years as students, professors and business managers.

 
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                    [post_content] => legendTIRANA, Jan. 16 - The legend of Shkodra's landmark Rozafa castle where a woman is believed to have been sacrificed to prevent it from collapse is being showcased at the Council of Europe's Arts Club in Strasbourg.

Exploring the relationship between legends and art, the exhibition displays 30 artworks featuring Rozafa's history and its legend which has inspired many poems, books and songs.

"This exhibition tries to explore the existence of an interesting relationship between legends and art, but also between the legend and reality. It conveys the idea of altruism, sacrifice that some do for the others. Big causes prevail over the tiny interests of a person or a small group of persons," organizers say about the “Legend of a castle” exhibition that will remain open until February 3.

The exhibition features works by several renowned and emerging artists from Shkodra, such Kol Idromeno, Danish Jukniu, Edi Hila and Eros Dibra, all part of Tirana's private-run Kalo Art gallery collection. After its return to Albania on February 4, the exhibition will travel to the Gallery of Shkodra City and then to GALERIAKALO in Tirana.

The legend of a human being walled in during the construction of a bridge or castle is widespread in Albanian oral literature. Animals such as sheep and chicken are still in some cases sacrificed on such occasions to 'strengthen' the foundations of a new building under construction.

A landmark in Shkodra, the country's biggest northern city and one of the most prominent cultural heritage locations, the Rozafa castle dates back to ancient times with Latin historian Titus Livius naming it “the stronghold of the Labeates,” an Illyrian tribe on the shores of Lake Shkodra.

The waters of three rivers, the Buna, Drini and Kiri, surround Rozafa, one of the major castles in Albania and the most important tourist attraction in Shkodra.

Albanian and Polish archaeologists have discovered medieval burials, Hellenistic buildings and vessels from the Roman period as well as Turkish baths at the archaeological area around the landmark Rozafa castle in the past six years.

Established only a couple of years ago by renowned Albanian lawyer Perparim Kalo, the Kalo gallery has been one of Tirana's busiest art spaces organizing 22 exhibitions.
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                    [post_content] => idromeno 1TIRANA, Jan. 10 - Previously unexhibited pictures by early 20th century Albanian master Kole Idromeno that came to light during the restoration of the landmark Marubi photo museum and its rich collection in the northern Albanian city of Shkodra will be showcased in a late January exhibition featuring Idromeno, mostly known as painter, sculptor and architect.

The "Idromeno's Two Roads" exhibition curated by internationally renowned Albanian contemporary artist Adrian Paci will showcase twelve Idromeno pictures and a painting believed to date back to the late 19th century.

"There is no accurate date for the pictures that will be put on display at the Marubi museum. It is likely that they were taken between 1892 to 1894 when Idromeno worked on a series of paintings focused on the relationship between the good and the evil or suffering caused by sin," says curator Paci, a 47-year-old Shkodra-based artist who represented Albania at the 2014 Venice Biennale.

"The pictures do not document real life moments, but picture role-plays which Idromeno would later use for his painting compositions," adds Paci, who in 2015 opened an art gallery in his hometown of Shkodra.

"In most cases, the pictures involve pain and torture that devil-like men inflict on their victims symbolizing sinners. The exhibition also features a painting with two devils cutting the tongue to a man while burning in the hell flames, a painting directly related to one of the photos. This makes one think that even the other pictures are either studies on paintings that were never created or served as a model for paintings that were lost," he adds.

In an article accompanying the exhibition, the curator say the exhibition does not aim to analyze the wide spectrum of Idromeno’s career. “Instead, it seeks to use the discovery of unknown photographs in the Marubi archive as a starting point to create a dialogue between these photographs and his famous painting 'Dy rrugët' (The Two Roads).”

Idromeno 2St. Peter, St. Paul with the Four Evangelists and another painting depicting the pains of hell are some of the unknown Idromeno works retrieved from the Marubi photo collection restoration that will be put on display.

“There is an impressive expressiveness and a sense of bewilderment that can be found in the photographs as opposed to the paintings; it seems as though something has been lost from the power of the image through the use of paint on canvas, the elaboration of colors, delineation of anatomy and the intentional deformation of figures,” adds the curator.

Kol Idromeno is the initiator of the Albanian painting school of realism in the 19th and 20th centuries. His first teacher was renowned Pjeter Marubi, the founder of Marubi Photo Collection in Shkodra.

Idromeno is known for his ethnographic compositions. In 1883, he created the first Albanian realistic picture known as “Motra Tone,” (Sister Tone), considered a masterpiece of the Albanian painting, both of Renaissance and Independence periods.

The exhibition at the newly restored Marubi national museum of photography, home to 500,000 photos and negatives tracing the beginning of Albanian photography in the 19th century by capturing life and historic events in Albania and the region, will be open for three months from January 26 until April 30.

Idromeno 4Albanian photography started with Pietro Marubi, an Italian immigrant fleeing political repression from his country. He opened Albania’s first photography studio in 1858. Three generations of Marubis will follow in his footsteps. For about a century, the Marubi family amassed more than 500,000 negatives. The selection of pictures reveals the political, social, cultural and religious diversity of the country.

Kole Idromeno

[caption id="attachment_123230" align="alignright" width="222"]Idromeno's landmark Motra Tone (Sister Tone) painting Idromeno's landmark Motra Tone (Sister Tone) painting[/caption]

Painter, photographer and architect Kolë Idromeno (1860-1939) is perhaps the best-known of the early figures of Albanian painting. He was born in Shkodra and began drawing and doing water colours at an early age (1871-1874). With the help of Pjetër Marubi, from whom he also learned the art of photography, he was able to travel to Venice in 1875 to attend the Academy of Fine Arts, but he did not survive the rigors of formal training and gave up after six months. He remained in Venice, though, and worked for a couple of years as the assistant to an established Venetian painter, returning to Albania in 1878. In 1883, he opened a photo studio with cameras imported from the Pathé company in France.

In 1912, he became the first person in Albania to import moving picture equipment and to show films. In August of that year, he signed a contract with the Josef Stauber company in Austria to set up the country's first, rudimentary public cinema. As a painter, Idromeno preferred urban subjects, such as in his Dasma shkodrane (Wedding in Shkodra), 1924, but also did portraits of intellectuals and nationalist figures. Particularly well-known is the portrait of his half-veiled Motra Tone (My

Sister Tone), 1883. Landscapes and religious subjects also occur. His paintings were shown at international art exhibitions in Budapest (1898), Rome (1925), Bari (1931), Rome (1936) and New York (1939). Kolë Idromeno is also remembered as a sculptor and as an architect of public buildings in Shkodra. (Bio by Robert Elsie, a Canadian specialist in Albanian studies.)
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Jan. 12 - Zeqirja Rexhepi, a Canada-based artist with Albanian roots has opened a solo "Self Portrait" exhibition at Nova Scotia's The Craig Gallery of Alderney Landing. The 61-year old Kosovo born artist who has been living in Canada for the past two decades, has widely exhibited his paintings in Kosova and abroad, and was commissioned as a muralist to create frescoes for churches and mosques.

His most accomplished mural is Albanian Persecution, 1846 (650m, 1991) in the Church of Binqa in Gjilan, Kosova. The veteran artist has completed many mural commissions in Nova Scotia including the Tallships mural in downtown Halifax (2000), a series of eight murals at Alderney Landing based on historic Dartmouth (2003-05), Map of Canada for the Immigration of Canada (2009), and murals in the Cole Harbour United Church and Trinity Church.

His "Self Portrait" exhibition will be open from January 12 to 29.
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TIRANA, Jan. 5 - Albanian self-taught video artist Ilir Lluka has been announced the winner of the 2016 Onufri visual arts competition that brought to Tirana works by more than forty local and foreign tourists.

His winning "Further Inside" installation, showcased in three screens as poetry containing visual, musical and verbal elements, was selected for its harmonization between material reality and spiritual creation served through sophisticated technological language.

"The video featured in three panels, unveils through a very contemporary vision the spiritual conflict between the everyday and the inner reality. In addition, through the original audio, the artist proposes a visual poem through a vision as surreal as psychological," said a jury head by Zeni Ballazhi, a curator with the Kosovo National Gallery, and also including Albanian artists Arben Bajo and curator Ermir Hoxha.

The self-taught 32-year-old sound artist who studied political science said he needs his work to be felt rather than reasoned.

"This artwork is a poem selected for this exhibition. Considering that the ‘Stranger than kindness’ exhibition also involves a spiritual aspect, I didn't want to bring something symbolic, but I built something abstract so that the artwork is felt rather than reasoned," he said.

More than forty Albanian and international artists participated in the latest Onufri exhibition, Albania’s most important traditional visual art event in the past two decades, which this 22nd edition was dedicated to Mitrush Kuteli, one of the country's best 20th century writers.

“Stranger than Kindness – Mitrush Kuteli” inspired by a rock musical hit was curated by Fani Zguro, a Berlin-based Albanian artist, and also featured two special projects “Cinema” and “Taxi,” the latter originating from Anri Sala’s “No Formula One No Cry –Taxi.”

The curatorial concept was selected for serving the Albanian art stage as it set the existence of contemporary art at the focus of attention, treating the duality between existence and fiction.

The visual arts competition named after Onufri, a mid-16th century archpriest who was the most important painter of icons and murals of the early post-Byzantine era in Albania, faced poor financial support even in this edition.

The exhibition featuring Italian, Swedish, Mexican, Japanese and regional artists, will remain open at Tirana’s National Art Gallery until February 1.

 

 

 
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                    [post_content] => Shekelzen DoliTIRANA, Jan. 3 - Performing the famous Strauss 'Blue Danube' waltz, Austrian artists wore Albanian traditional hats and drank raki alcoholic drinks in their debut Tirana concert with Shkelzen Doli, an Albanian-Kosovo Vienna Philharmonic violinist who entertained Albanians with his private Philharmonic Ensemble Vienna band.

The much-expected concert came to Tirana on Jan. 2, only one day after the Albanian violin virtuoso performed with the world famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as a second violin. Thirty-six Austria-based artists joined the Philharmonic Ensemble Vienna, a band established by Shkelzen Doli in 2013, to perform in Tirana in a concert that Doli described as "bringing to Albania for the first time native pearls of Austrian art to wish all Albanians a happy and harmonious year."

The Vienna artists also performed some Albanian pieces with a focus on motifs from the Albanian Arberesh, an ethnic Albanian community who moved to southern Italy in the 15th century in the Skanderbeg era. A documentary also showcased Albanian territories and landscapes accompanied by wonderful sounds of Doli’s violin including his Arberesha (The Arberesh woman), Albanian Soul and Baresha (The Shepherdess).

"Talking to my Vienna Philharmonic colleagues who were very curious about the Albanian melodies was the first push for the concert and with the introduction of these beautiful Albanian melodies at the Vienna concert we thought why not bring Vienna to Tirana," Doli told the Albanian public broadcaster, RTSH, where the concert was aired.

"And the goal was making this concert traditional. That is where its strength stands because it gives Albania a new concert that comes directly from an ancient culture to give a new impetus to Albania's art and culture life," he adds.

Doli, 45, who has been part of the Vienna Philharmonic since 2009 as the second violin says the variety of Albanian music and his nostalgia while living abroad has been a source of inspiration for him.

Sadik Llapashtica, an Albanian investor who organized the event, has described Doli's concert as a good omen for more optimism.

"The message is clear and perfect. Classical music and the Vienna New Year atmosphere to Tirana so that we can mark the New Year with more hope and inspiration for a happier and more optimistic life toward European integration," Llapashtica has told Tirana Times.

Born to a Kosovo father from Gjakova and an Albanian mother from Permet in Elbasan, Doli left Albania in the 1980s when he was only seven to settle in Kosovo where he took his first music lessons before graduating from Vienna’s prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts in the early 1990s.

 
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                    [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_130563" align="alignright" width="270"]Linda Halimi, Albania's Eurovision representative Linda Halimi, Albania's Eurovision representative[/caption]

TIRANA, Dec. 26 - U.S.-based Kosovo singer Linda Halimi has been voted to represent Albania at the 2017 Ukraine Eurovision song contest. The 27-year-old singer, a 2016 American Idol contestant, had been placed a favorite to win this year's national year-end festival, a platform to select Albania's Eurovision representative since more than a decade.

Known through her Lindita stage name, Halimi won the jury and public vote for her "Bota" (World) ballad song, making her dream of representing Albania come true after finishing third in the 2014 song contest.

Linda's career kicked off in the mid-2000s when she was discovered in a talent show before rising to fame after winning the Top Fest young artists' competition in 2009. Since then, she has lost 68 kg through intensive training and diets in a complete transformation which the American Idol jury called an inspiring story for overweight women.

Since 2013, she has been living in the U.S. with her husband, American rapper, Big D.

"We worked hard on the performance and I feel blessed we made it. It's an early dream come true. What an honor to represent my Albanian people at a great stage such as the Eurovision song contest," said Halimi, who will be the second Kosovo singer to represent Albania in the festival after Rona Nishliu.

Back in 2012,  Nishliu became the most successful Albanian Eurovision representative after ranking fifth among 26 finalists in the song contest held in Azerbaijan. Nishliu collected 146 points to see herself rank 5th, the best result since 2004 when Albania made its Eurovision debut with Anjeza Shahini who came sixth.

Singer Ledina Çelo, a 2005 Eurovision representative and actor Kasem Hoxha, both of whom based in Germany were this year’s hosts of the traditional year-end festival organized by the RTSH public broadcaster.

The last two Albania selections Eneida Tarifa and Elhaida Dani failed to make it to the Eurovision final despite high expectations, especially about Dani, the 2013 Voice of Italy song contest.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Dec. 21 - Italian 20th century masterpieces will be featured in Tirana next January at a special exhibition from the collection of Rome's Modern Art Gallery.

"The exhibition, curated by Arianna Angelelli, Maria Catalano and Federica Pirani presents the artistic culture in Rome and Italy during the first half of the twentieth century, with its succession of languages, artists and movements, passing through symbolism, secession, futurism, new classical architecture, the Roman school and abstract art," says the National Art Gallery.

Beautiful female figures, portraits of famous people, views of the Eternal City and the Roman countryside and still life are the main subjects addressed by the artists who have central roles in the exhibition, including renowned names such as Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carrà, Giorgio de Chirico, Fortunato Depero, Renato Guttuso, Giacomo Manzù, Tato and Giulio Turcato, to mention just a few of the more than 60 artists shown.

"For the first time, not only young artists or art educators, but also students and all art lovers will have the opportunity to get the unique taste of original oil on canvas works by European painting masters," Prime Minister Edi Rama has said.

The exhibition will be open from January 16 to April 2, 2017.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Dec. 22 - More than forty Albanian and international artists are participating in this year's traditional Onufri exhibition, Albania's most important traditional visual art event in the past two decades, which this edition has been dedicated to Mitrush Kuteli, one of Albania's best 20th century writers.

“Stranger than Kindness – Mitrush Kuteli” inspired by a rock musical hit is curated by Fani Zguro, a Berlin-based Albanian artist, and will also feature two special projects “Cinema” and “Taxi,” the latter originating from Anri Sala’s “No Formula One No Cry –Taxi.”

Fani Zguro, the curator of this year's edition, was selected for his curatorial concept focusing on contemporary art.

"Stranger than kindness" has selected a hot topic and serves the Albanian art stage as it sets the existence of contemporary art at the focus of attention, treating the duality between existence and fiction,” the jury said when it selected the curatorial concept.

“The concept goes beyond the superficial by penetrating into the gist of contemporary art thought and putting it at the focus of discussions, reflections, enabling the transmission of universal messages that contemporary art has in its DNA. The curatorial concept is all-inclusive both philosophically and existentially for the contemporary art and the artist himself, something embodied in his creations through the abandonment of embarrassment and leaving prejudice behind,” it added.

This year’s financial support to Onufri has been even smaller.

Ardian Isufi, the dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Tirana, says the annual event is suffering a huge cut in funds with this year's support by the culture ministry at only 1 million lek (€7,365).

"Onufri's budget has been declining in the past few years as the culture ministry is unclear in its strategy for this very important event for visual arts,” he says.

Some of the participant artists, mainly Italy-based Albanian artists said they had to handle the transport expenses on their own.

The visual arts competition is named after Onufri, a mid-16th century archpriest who was the most important painter of icons and murals of the early post-Byzantine era in Albania. His works influenced by the northern Greek painting of the Paleologus age, the Cretan School and western Gothic art can be seen in many churches in central Albania in Greece and in particular at the Onufri museum in Berat which was opened in 1986. Characteristic of Onufri’s works are strong colors, especially reds. Onufri’s two sons, Joan and Nikolla, were also icon painters of note.

The exhibition featuring Italian, Swedish, Mexican, Japanese and regional artists, expected to announce its winner in early 2017, will be open until February 1.
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            [post_content] => havel 1A series of events, including exhibitions, film screenings, lectures and discussions will commemorate in Tirana for four days Vaclav Havel, the late Czech Republic’s first president after the Velvet Revolution against communist rule.

The events brought to Tirana by the Czech embassy in Tirana will kick off on Jan. 25 at the Center for Openness and Dialogue (COD) at the Prime Minister's office with the “Václav Havel: Politics and Conscience" photo exhibition, to continue with a discussion on Havel's legacy by Michael Žantovský, the director of the Václav Havel Library in Prague, at the Tirana Times Book House and conclude with two movie projections at the COD.

The photographs cover the journey of Václav Havel throughout the 20th century: From the Prague Spring in 1968 to the Velvet Revolution in 1989 and to the three presidency terms in the office of Czechoslovakia and later Czech Republic.

One of the most influential political figures of the late 20th century, Vaclav Havel is first and foremost a playwright, poet and philosopher who started his political career as an opposition leader to later become the last president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic’s first.

Throughout his life, Václav Havel took a strong stance in defence of those marginalized, powerless and oppressed. The main principles of Havel's politics were conscience and responsibility, values so often lacking in today’s world. Many words Havel wrote during his lifetime are as teasing, intriguing and, indeed, timeless.

 

The series of events 

 

January 25 to 28  -  Photographic exhibition “Václav Havel: Politics and Conscience” at the Center for Opening and Dialogue (COD) located at the Prime Minister’s office

January 25 - Discussion on “Václav Havel's legacy” with Michael Žantovský, the Director of Václav Havel Library, at the Tirana Times Book House.

January 25 - The “Citizen Havel” movie with English and Albanian subtitles will be screened at 18.00 hrs. at the COD.

January 26 - Lecture by Michael Žantovský “On Václav Havel” will commence at 11.00 hrs. at the COD. At 18.00 hrs., the “Leaving” film will be screened at the COD. The film was directed by Václav Havel in 2011 based on the motives of his play.

January 27 - Screening of the "Citizen Havel" movie at the COD.
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