Edi Hila
Painter of Transformation

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw presents the first retrospective exhibition of the Albanian painter Edi Hila.

Edi Hila was born in Shkodër in 1944 and works in Tirana. He is affiliated with the Tirana Academy of Fine Arts, where he is an influential teacher. Educated in Shkodër, a city with its beginnings in the ancient world, Hila has always had access to the roots of classical culture. During his studies in the 1960s he experimented with deformation. In 1972 he painted The Planting of Trees, a pleasant picture rendered slightly unreal through the use of colours. Because it departed from the social realist doctrine in force at the time, the painting was used as the pretext for sentencing him to a re-education camp. For several years, forced to live in the countryside and work in the poultry processing factory, he was practically cut off from the ability to practise painting. He produced numerous drawings at that time, first and foremost the series Poultry (1975–1976), documenting rural life, harrowing in the raw realism of its presentation, with existential undertones.

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19:00 Vernissage Edi Hila. Painter of TransformationOpening of the exhibition MUSEUM on the Vistula
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 (Skwer Kpt. S. Skibniewskiego "Cubryny"), Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Guided Tour in English of the „Edi Hila. Painter of Transformation” exhibitionConducted by Éric de Chassey MUSEUM on the Vistula
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 (Skwer Kpt. S. Skibniewskiego "Cubryny"), Warsaw
16:00 Guided tour Curatorial Guided Tour in Englishof the „Edi Hila. Painter of Transformation” exhibition MUSEUM on the Vistula
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 (Skwer Kpt. S. Skibniewskiego "Cubryny"), Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Guided Tour in English of the „Edi Hila. Painter of Transformation” exhibition MUSEUM on the Vistula
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 (Skwer Kpt. S. Skibniewskiego "Cubryny"), Warsaw
18:00 Guided tour Guided tour in Russian of the „Edi Hila Painter of Transformation” exhibitionТур на русском языке по выставке „Эди Хила. Художник трансформации” MUSEUM on the Vistula
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 (Skwer Kpt. S. Skibniewskiego "Cubryny"), Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Guided Tour in English of the „Edi Hila. Painter of Transformation” exhibition MUSEUM on the Vistula
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 (Skwer Kpt. S. Skibniewskiego "Cubryny"), Warsaw
16:00 Guided tour Guided Tour in Polishof the „Edi Hila. Painter of Transformation” exhibition MUSEUM on the Vistula
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 (Skwer Kpt. S. Skibniewskiego "Cubryny"), Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Guided Tour in English of the „Edi Hila. Painter of Transformation” exhibition MUSEUM on the Vistula
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 (Skwer Kpt. S. Skibniewskiego "Cubryny"), Warsaw
18:00 Guided tour Guided tour in Russian of the „Edi Hila Painter of Transformation” exhibitionТур на русском языке по выставке „Эди Хила. Художник трансформации” MUSEUM on the Vistula
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22 (Skwer Kpt. S. Skibniewskiego "Cubryny"), Warsaw