The national museum of photography 'Marubi' of Scutari has inaugurated an exhibition curated by the Dutch art historian, Kim Knoppers, which exhibits a selection of images - carefully chosen among more than 150.000 photographs - from the 'Marubi' archive of the period between 1856 and the 1959.
The exhibition 'Marubi Dynasty: one hundred years of the Albanian photographic studio' is organized in collaboration with the photography museum 'FOAM' in Amsterdam - of which Knoppers is the curator - and was previously exhibited in the 2016. Some of these photographs have been exhibited in Albania for the first time.
The exhibition will allow to observe historical testimonies of past events of the country as well as the development of the art of photography in Albania. The images immortalize members of the bourgeoisie and the poorest class in the country, as well as Ottoman emperors and Albanian kings, as well as famous actors, painters and artists of the time.
"This exhibition comes after considerable research in the Marubi archive by curator Kim Knoppers. As we can see in these images, we find a chronology of the journey of the photographic studio through Pietro, Kel and Gege Marubi."- says Lucjan Bedeni, director of the Marubi museum.
Bedeni, among the numerous images, focuses above all on an image of the 1922, taken in the Marubi studio. For the director, the photo - taken by Kel Marubi - is one of the most famous in Albanian photography and portrays 'the delivery of weapons'.
A real situation at the time, namely that those who were not allowed to have weapons should have handed them over to the authorities of the country.
"Another important aspect of this image is that it has been included in the encyclopedia of English photography 'Photo Book', a collection of over 500 images from the 20th century. ”- concludes Bedeni.
The exhibitions in the 'Marubi' museum
The 'Marubi' museum will host two more exhibitions in the 2019. The event of the year - as stated by the director Bedeni - will be an exhibition with photos of photographers from southern Albania. The works of these photographers, in fact, have never been exhibited before in a single joint exhibition.
The other exhibition, instead, will be a reference program for emerging artists, in collaboration with the Art House School, organizer of the program.
The National Museum of Photography "Marubi" was opened in 2016 and since then has organized a series of photographic exhibitions for the public, which have aroused widespread appreciation.
Rruga: "Kolë Idromeno", Shkodër, Albania
Photographs: National Museum of Photography Marubi, Shkodër