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Ibrahim Kodra’s birth centenary to be marked with exhibition in Skopje gallery

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The National Gallery of Macedonia (NGM) on May 12 will open an exhibition of works by Ibrahim Kodra – one of Albania’s leading artists of the 20th century – to mark a centenary of his birth.

It features 57 oil paintings that depict all of Kodra’s phases of creativity, starting from 1942 until 2005.

Born in Albania in 1918, he spent his life in Italy, where he went to study art in 1938. Kodra, whose contemporaries include several members of the Cubist movement Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, died in Milan in 2006.

“Kodra is one of the most influential authors worth to be presented in our gallery in the year when we are marking the 70th anniversary,” NGM director Dita Starova-Kjerimi told a press conference on Thursday.

The exhibition, which runs until June 12, is a unique opportunity to see Kodra’s amazing works, most of which had been produced in Milan, said Italian Ambassador Karlo Romeo.

“It’s worth noting that the exhibit unites several countries, which is the primary goal of art – to bring people and cultures closer,” he stated.

Albanian Ambassador Fatos Reka said that Kodra was an Albanian who had worked in Italy. “But most of all, he was a citizen of Europe who cooperated with some of world’s leading artists,” he said.