The Austrian artist, Forstner, who set foot in Albania as an officer of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the First World War, has documented with portraits and photographs, the culture of the Albanian people.
"These materials are preserved in the archives of Vienna, but at the initiative of Pjetër Logoreci, some of them have been exhibited in Shkodra. 22 sketches by Leopold Forstner, the well-known Austrian artist and collaborator of the artist Gustav Klimt have been exhibited for the first time in the library" Marin Barleti "of Shkodra. They contain characteristic houses, architecture and prominent figures of Shkodra from 1917-1918.
"Forstner has taken many objects from Albania and sent them to Vienna. He has lived in Albanian houses and in his manuscripts he writes that to know Albanians, you have to live with them", said Pjeter Logoreci, while describing what he saw in archive.
Leopold Forstner traveled in 1917 and 1918 as an officer of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the present-day territories of Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. He painted portraits of locals, photographed national costumes and collected handicrafts. His mission was to document the culture of the peoples of the Balkans during the First World War! The men wearing national costumes near the towers and wooden houses are just some of the camera shots that the Austrian Forstner had made in Albanian lands.