ArtistLeonard Qylafi

Leonard Qylafi lives and works in Tirana, where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. One of Albania’s leading young contemporary artists, he has shown at MuCEM, in Marseilles, and Izolyatsia, in Kiev (2016); the 55th October Salon, in Belgrade (2014); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, in Berlin (2012); MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, in Debrecen, Hungary (2011); and the TICAB-Tirana International Biennial Contemporary Art (2009), among other places.

Curator Vanessa Joan Müller

Vanessa Joan Müller is Head of Dramaturgy at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. From 2000 to 2006, she was Curator at the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt am Main, and from 2006 to 2007 Head of Research of the European Kunsthalle in Cologne, which examined perspectives of institutions of contemporary art in theory and practice. From 2007 to 2011, she was Director of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf. In 2014, together with Nicolaus Schafhausen, she curated the 55th October Salon in Belgrade. In addition, she regularly writes on contemporary art.

CommissionerMirela Kumbaro Minister of Culture


  • Eleanor Taylor, Assistant Curator
  • Alketa Kurrizo, Project Coordinator
  • Lorena Stamo, Press Officer
  • Luigi D’Oro, Exhibition Set-up

Venue Arsenale, Sale d’Armi, first floor, building A

13 May – 26 November, 2017

Opening times: 10 am – 6 pm

Friday / Saturday 10 am – 8 pm until 30 September, 2017

Closed on Mondays (except 15 May, 14 August, 4 September, 30 October, 20 November)

The Albanian participation at the 57th International Art Exhibition—La Biennale di Venezia is realized on behalf of the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Albania