“Albania: the spirit of times” exhibition to tour around Italy

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 6, 2018 11:24

“Albania: the spirit of times” exhibition to tour around Italy

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  • “It is a long-term project I thought of starting from Calabria, under the atmosphere of the year dedicated to national hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg and in respect of the memory of the Arberesh, of Albanian culture and history, both old and new,” Shabani told local media.

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TIRANA, July 4 – “Albania: the spirit of the times,” inaugurated on June 30 at the  Acre Museum of Contemporary Art (MACA), is conceived as a moving museum exhibition, with the starting point being Calabria, the Arbëresh epicenter in Southern Italy.

The exhibition, curated by Artan Shabani, former head of the National Gallery of Arts, will showcase various artworks by Albanian artists working and living in Italy.

Calabria is the city where, 550 years ago, the Arbëresh – Albanians who moved to Italy after the death of National hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg and establishment of Ottoman rule during the Middle Ages – settled to spread to Sicily, Basilica and other southern Italian provinces.

In these areas, Albanian language remains alive to this day, and the customs, rites, symbols and traditions of Albanian ancestors continue to be preserved and passed down from one generation to the other.

“It is a long-term project I thought of starting from Calabria, under the atmosphere of the year dedicated to national hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg and in respect of the memory of the Arberesh, of Albanian culture and history, both old and new,” Shabani told local media.

Former Italian Ambassador to Albania Paolo Foresti supported the exhibition coming to life, and also provided a number of paintings from his own personal collection.

The exhibition focuses on the period of realistic socialism during the second half of the 1900s, as part  of the political platform of the communist regime ideology and then the nineties, with the end of planned art and the emergence of a new period in the Albanian art scene, with young artists who followed novel artistic expressions and methods, to contemporary art, whose language speaks of contemporary issues, similar to those of European artists, like social tensions, identity search, dialogue beyond bounded territories.

Some of featuring artists include Adrian Devolli, Lefter Shtembari, Skënder Kamberi, Nikolin Ivanaj, Foto Stamo, Guri Madhi, Ibrahim Kodra, Petro Kokushta, Anastas Kostandini Taso, Qamil Prizreni, Vladimir Kekezi, Emin Shaqja, Zini Veshi, Alkan Nallbani, Vangjush Vellahu, Agron Hoti, Arjan Shehaj, Vangjel Gjikondi, Eltjon Valle, etc.

The exhibition will remain open until the end of October, while by November it is expected to move to a museum in Veneto and other Italian provinces.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 6, 2018 11:24