The personal exhibition "Prince of the Lake" by Albanian painter Edi Hila has been opened at the "Mitterrand" gallery in France. In this exhibition are presented works from the last three series with paintings that the artist has realized during the years 2018-2020.
Edi Hila has been described as one of the leading figures in the Balkan, witnessing the profound changes experienced by one of Europe's post-communist societies in the early 1990s. The artist has refused to emigrate to economically stabilized countries, choosing to live in Tirana, to develop a reflection work on the transitional nature of his country's history (natural border between West and East) and on the position of Albanian painting in the history of Mediterranean art. In over twenty years, Edi Hila's painting has been a landmark in Europe. Using photography as a basis for his work, his historical subjects colored by irony and melancholy, his painting using an always limited and often monochromatic range, led him to the closed circle of contemporary painters . French historian Eric de Chassey does not hesitate to evoke comparisons with Belgian painting master Luc Tuymans. This recent recognition of the importance of Edi Hilë's work in the history of contemporary painting has resulted in his recent participation in "Documenta 14", then in his successive retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2018), at the Gallery National Arts in Tirana (2019) and the Vienna Session (2020).