Five Albanian artists showcased in Washington DC

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 25, 2018 10:15

Five Albanian artists showcased in Washington DC

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  • Thirteen paintings belonging to five Albanian artists are exhibited in Washington - the chosen artists are Ardian Isufi, Ardian Kapo, Eros Dibra, Gazmend Leka and Ilir Koka.

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TIRANA, July 25 – The World Bank inaugurated a modest exhibition consisting of 13 paintings made by Albanian artists at US capitol Washington DC.

More specifically, it was World Bank Group Executive Director for Albania Patrizio Pagano who ideated and organized the exhibition.

“This event’s purpose was to expose Albania not only in the economic aspect and in context of the benefits the country is gaining from a number of World Bank projects, but also in the artistic aspect, as a big part of the country’s development is culture, especially now that Albania is investing so much in tourism and in making the country attractive to foreigners,” Greta Minxhozi, World Bank consultant, said.  

Thirteen paintings belonging to five Albanian artists are exhibited in Washington – the chosen artists are Ardian Isufi, Ardian Kapo, Eros Dibra, Gazmend Leka and Ilir Koka.

These artists’ work is by now known in a number of cultural capitals, such as Paris, New York, London and Berlin.

“It is a small number, but it personifies an very developed visual art in Albania,” Albanian Ambassador to the US Floreta Faber said.

The exhibition was brought to life by World Bank art curators, selected among the artwork placed at the Kalo Gallery walls – one of the main private art galleries in Tirana.

“I had the idea seeing the same was applied to other countries, so I realized the same was needed for Albania. The World Bank’s art sector selected a number of paintings and asked me to bring them for exhibition, but it took about two years for this to come to life,” Kalo Gallery founder Perparim Kalo told the Voice of America.

Artists themselves claimed that the artwork exhibited in Washington doesn’t represent a specific school or type of art.

“Each artists represents and expresses his own self. By expressing themselves, they create the Albanian artistic reality,” painter Ilir Pojani told VoA.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 25, 2018 10:15