National Gallery of Art, Tirana

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Develop your taste for Socialist Realism at National Gallery of Art. The gallery's two floors showcase international works of art, but the highlight is the local communist-era propaganda. Although used to promote political ideology, each piece has artistic value, making the exhibit both an exploration in art and history. The Social Realism movement dominated art behind the Iron Curtain for many years, representating of the values of that period. The museum is small, so take your time investigating each piece of artwork. Purchase your tickets from the reception when you arrive. Plan a trip to Tirana easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • There is not much to see but I suppose if the weather is bad then a walk around the gallery may be worth doing.  more »
  • You get to see a lot of Socialist Realism which is always nice, but also the history of Albania. I found it very moving given the terrible history of so much of it.  more »
  • Interesting collection of paintings very dark period Albanian propaganda ... the Museum offers exhibitions of contemporary art.
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  • The NAG lacked contemporary gallery lighting in windowless areas and aircon, so on a summer day the interior temperature was not exactly ideal. A major attraction is the collection of social realist paintings that translate into art the idea of the ‘New Man’ during the communist period, with the ‘common worker’ as the main recurrent personage. The special Qamil Grezda exhibition hosted by his son Emir saved the day, as the art on display offers not only samples of Mr. Grezda's talent but also insight into his creative and private life.
  • Nice selection of classic art and the temporary exhibit was really cool. However, there is little to no context or descriptions available in English - There is a free app that is advertised to guide you through certain pieces, but the wifi doesn't work in the gallery. Also, the staff wasn't particularly helpful: The bathrooms weren't working(?) in the gallery and no suggestions were offered on where else might be available, they chatted rather loudly as we wandered the exhibits.
  • No photos are allowed. It's a nice gallery however it's not air conditioned.
  • Nice gallery, interesting exhibitions, several at the same time.
  • Love it! Just wish the opening hours weren't so random and constantly changing! Worth going round the back to see the giant communist era statues literally stored outside!
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