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Constructing a Dream

Socialist Realism in Albanian Art

July 7 - November 22, 2020

The exhibition focused on Albanian socialist realism through painting, poster and drawings, and it offered a selection of artworks produced under the dictatorship that aimed to spread socialism’s main principles among the proletarian.

Curated by Artan Shabani, the exhibition investigated the impact of the communist ideology on Albanian visual arts during the second half of the 20th century. The selected artworks reflected the ideology that played an important role in the works’ dogmatic content. The exhibition offered an opportunity to become familiar with the culture and identity of Albanian people who had been isolated from the rest of the world for a long time, and centered around the daily life, working class, portraits of leadership, representations of the regime and a hopeful approach to upcoming generations.

3D Virtual Tour

Exhibition Catalogue

Constructing a Dream

Constructing a Dream

The exhibition focuses on Albanian social realism through painting, poster and drawings, and it offers a selection of artworks produced under the dictatorship that aimed to spread socialism’s main principles among the proletarian.

Video

The Builders of Happiness
Albanian Cinema

In its new program, Pera Film offers an insight to the era explored in the exhibition Constructing A Dream on view at Pera Museum, inviting the audience to a journey through Albanian cinema. 


Pera Learning

Constructing a Dream, Socialist Realism in Albanian Art
Online Workshops

Pera Museum Learning Programs is organizing an online workshop between 13-17 August 2020 for the 7-12 age group in parallel with the exhibition Constructing a Dream, Socialist Realism in Albanian Art.

Giacometti & the Human Figure

Giacometti & the Human Figure

Giacometti worked nonstop on his sculptures, either from nature or from memory, trying to capture the universal facial expressions.  

Artist Nicola Lorini in Conversation

Artist Nicola Lorini in Conversation

Inspired by its Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection, Pera Museum presents a contemporary video installation titled For All the Time, for All the Sad Stones at the gallery that hosts the Collection. The installation by the artist Nicola Lorini takes its starting point from recent events, in particular the calculation of the hypothetical mass of the Internet and the weight lost by the model of the kilogram and its consequent redefinition, and traces a non-linear voyage through the Collection.

The Search for Form

The Search for Form

A series of small and rather similar nudes Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu and Eren Eyüboğlu produced in the early 1930s almost resemble a ‘visual conversation’ that focus on a pictorial search. It is also possible to find the visual reflections of this earlier search in the synthesis Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu reached with his stylistic abstractions in the 1950s.