Edi Hila. Painter of Transformation

2 Mar 2018 – 6 May 2018

Event times

Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00-8:00 PM
Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM

Cost of entry


Museum of Modern Art Warsaw

Masovian Voivodeship, Poland

Travel Information

  • RONDO ONZ - bus stop, tram stop and subway station (about 300 meters)
  • CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION (Dworzec Centralny) - bus and tram stop (about 800 meters), WARSZAWA ŚRÓDMIEŚCIE railway station (about 700 meters)

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


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 timidly 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 on a chicken farm, 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. In the 1990s, seeking his own path back to painting, Hila carefully observed life evolving after the fall of the Hoxha regime and tried to depict the realities of social transformation. In the groundbreaking series Comfort (1997), the artist captures the inability to satisfy the need for comfort promised to the new society.

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Edi Hila


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