Tirana Albania Art
The uncertainty about the fate of the National Theatre is reflected in the artists based in Tirana. The controversy surrounding the planned destruction of the National Theatre in Tirana is unfolding in the media, in public discourse and even within the art scene itself.
At first glance, the artist's most recent mural, "Don't Judge Me," in Tirana, Albania, is a simple scene. The artwork shows people in traditional Albanian clothing standing side by side against the backdrop of the National Theatre, a symbol of Albania's cultural heritage and history.
After the end of socialism in Albania in 1991, the massive structure became a controversial symbol of the country's recent past. It has been devastated, gutted and has become the scene of a series of protests against the government's anti-immigration policies. The pyramid was replaced by the destroyed theatre building, but the gallery has stood since its repositioning in 1974. After being built at the end of the 19th century as part of the Albanian national theatre system, it was destroyed in 1990.
The subject of street art has already been mentioned and what possibilities it has and can have in the context of Tirana today. The local art history is strongly articulated and the question of the era in Tiranas has become an important one for contemporary artists working in and around Tiranas. What possibilities does street art have and where can art be inspired, if not from its social environment?
How do you see the urban context of the city and how has the map changed to reflect socio-economic changes? Around came with the theme of urban environment in Tirana and the film was animated by Marjetica Potrc.
The National Gallery of Arts is the only institution that supervises and selects the corresponding works of art. The works represent art as a means of telling the history of Albania through creativity. Every artwork in Albania is documented, archived, conserved, preserved, restored and archived.
The Centre organizes the International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Tirana, which brings together artists from all over Europe to promote and integrate contemporary art. The event aims to develop street art and encourage artists to express their subconscious in public to form Tirana's colorful and living capital, "reads a post about the festival published by Tirana Radio International.
Street art in Tirana, which is strictly controlled by the government, has been granted a permit for the first time in its history, and the streets in the city are still shining.
Most of the work that was done could be done anywhere in the city, but I haven't seen many of them and would like to see more. A pity is the lack of public space for street art in Tirana, especially in public spaces. This is not the first time that Tiranas has seen an extremely clear separation between the public and private sectors.
The most recent case I would like to mention is that the Tirana Municipality has launched a campaign to use street art as a means of beautifying the city, to present a picture of a happy city and to show people how beautiful it is to live in Tiranas. Recently, the current mayor of TirANA launched another campaign aimed at beautifying our city by various means, including the awarding of works of street art.
Mural Fest 2019, which attracted more than 1,000 artists from around the world as well as local artists. As you may have noticed when you come to Tirana, large murals have been painted all over the city. Pastels and other hues have otherwise covered dreary concrete buildings in pastel, and in some cases even the walls of the buildings themselves.
After the Second World War, a small committee for artists was founded, and there is a permanent collection devoted to the art of socialist realism. The entire collection in the gallery includes works that date back to the Albanian art of that time, which is the product of an Italian Academy of Fine Arts.
There is a palpable energy when you walk through the streets of Tirana, unlike anywhere else in the Balkans, and this, as one of the directors, Edi Muka, puts it, "is the context in which Tirata and its art scene were located. My recent travels in Albania have shown me a hip and vibrant art community. The city is literally colorful, and street art is on the rise everywhere, from the city center to the suburbs and even to the outskirts. The old school, traditional art and music scene of Albania still exists, but it is not as lively as it used to be.
In this blog I am pleased to introduce you to some of the artists who contribute to the Tirana art community, such as the aspiring Albanian artist Erlisa Gjoni, who dreams of larger works of art. To learn more about her work and her vision for the future of art in Albania, we interviewed ErLisa.