Edi Hila. Painter of Transformation
Opening of the exhibition

  • Edi Hila. Painter of Transformation
    Edi Hila, Mother, 2000, acrylic, canvas, 82 x 101,5 cm. Photo: Jens Zieche. Courtesy Silva Agostini © Edi Hila

The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites you to the opening of the first retrospective exhibition of the Albanian painter Edi Hila, one of the last neglected masters from Eastern Europe.

Edi Hila’s exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw fits within a series of exhibitions devoted to overlooked artists from Eastern Europe. Over the past few years we have prepared monographic exhibitions of Ion Grigorescu, Július Koller and Mária Bartuszová, and carried out projects with Sanja Iveković and Tomislav Gotovac. But this project extends beyond scholarly curiosity or historical necessity. The reason we are addressing Hila’s oeuvre at this time is the acute currency of an artist who refused to be deceived by the trappings of the transformation, always tracing the subcutaneous threats it carried with it.

Hila carefully selects the themes for his painting series. They possess the strength of authenticity of everyday observation as well as the universality of the existential principle. In his version, this strips the transformation in Eastern Europe of accident or adventure typical of many presentations, and gives it the weight of distilled general truths, as if he were its final chronicler. One of the reasons for such radical reduction may be Hila’s leaning toward classicism, a fascination with Renaissance sources of painting. It is as if modernism has evaporated from his field of interest and there are no dilemmas of modernity. This is why the transformation, in collision with the classical tradition of painting and balance understood in the distant spirit of the Renaissance, conveys so clearly the disruption and attack on harmony and order. On the other hand, it is rooted in human dilemmas that are hard to conceal, even with a veneer of modernization.

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Exhibition and other archival events connected:

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
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