Monday, October 08, 2007

An Art-full Week

I had a very artistic week which always makes me happy! Last Monday we organized a guided tour of the National Gallery of Art of Albania and even though one exhibit had closed that I really would have liked to have seen, we were still able to see several other interesting exhibits.
First we saw the "Spirit of Mother Theresa" exhibit...


Then a photo exhibit presented by the Ministry of Tourism (I forgot to take photos of the photos!).


Upstairs is a gallery full of beautiful Albanian portraits...

A display of Albanian socialist pieces...


A wonderful gallery of Icons and a fantastic Iconostasis...


And last but not least a sculpture gallery!


The National Gallery is not open Mondays and like all museums/galleries in Albania closes from 1-5 in the afternoon (which always seems odd to me!).


Then today we organized another type of tour with a guide-- a minibus tour of Tirana! Yes, a rare opportunity to see the hidden gems of the city! We started on the famous "ring road" and eventually made our way to some very unusual backstreets out near the 'Tregu i Madhe' (the big market). We discovered the area around the Dajti Express (teleferic), and even drove through the Botanical Gardens.

The highlight of the tour was a stop at Kino-Studios, the first modern film studio in Albania. Built in 1952 in the Italian style, the building is undergoing renovations (at least that's what it looked like to us!). On the same lot is the Multi-Media school and a very funky outdoor cafe/art garden. What a fabulous week!

2 comments:

marsh said...

I loved this insight into Tirana and the things to do there. Your photos are fabulous. Our family is leaving for Tirana in a week and a half. You've made me more excited. Thanks.

Ginnie said...

Yes, Kim, it's good to see this part of Albania through your eyes. I especially like your black borders. :) And that is one incredible tire/clock display!