Galerie Nathalie Obadia is honored to present Albanian painter Edi Hila’s first exhibition in Belgium. Long silenced by the secrecy imposed by his country’s dictatorship, the artist, born in Shkodër in 1944, is now unanimously considered to be the most important Albanian painter of his generation, and, beyond that, as “one of the most interesting painters of the early 21st century,” according to art critic and curator Ami Barak.
For his first solo exhibition in Brussels, Edi Hila presents Open Museum, his new series of paintings, which he began in 2018. It follows the series Une tente sur le toit d’une voiture, which was presented in 2017, at documenta 14 (Athens, Greece – Kassel, Germany), under the artistic direction of Adam Szymczyk. In the spring of 2018, this series was also featured in Edi Hila’s first retrospective, held at the Museum of Modern Art, in Warsaw (Poland), before traveling to the National Gallery of Art, in Tirana (Albania). The exhibition highlighted Edi Hila’s current preoccupations and his latest pictorial experimentations, thus cementing his international recognition.