Petrit Halilaj, who graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, has exhibited at various international institutions, including Kunstraum Innsbruck (2011); WIELS Contemporary Art Center, Brussels (2013); Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, and Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (2015). He also participated in the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2010).

Selected in 2013 to represent Kosovo at the Venice Biennale, Petrit Halilaj is one of the most promising artists of his generation. His oeuvre includes sculptures, drawings, performances, videos and installations that, starting from his personal story and that of his family and country, examine subjects connected with memory and collective history.

Petrit Halilaj. Photo by Enver Bylykbashi
Petrit Halilaj
Kostërrc, Skenderaj-Kosovo, 1986

Past Exhibitions

Petrit Halilaj

Fondazione Merz
08/03/2017 — 21/05/2017

Mario Merz Prize: The Finalists Of The 2nd Edition

Fondazione Merz
08/03/2017 — 21/05/2017

Par tibi, Roma, nihil

Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill 23/06/2016 — 18/09/2016

Petrit Halilaj: Space Shuttle in the Garden

Pirelli HangarBicocca
03/12/2015 — 13/03/2016

Petrit Halilaj: Poisoned by men in need of some love

Wiels Contemporary Art Centre
07/09/2014 — 10/01/2014

Solo Shows


“Petrit Halilaj”, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy;

“ABETARE”, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany

“She fully turning around became terrestrial”, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany


“Yes, but the sea is attached to the earth and it never floats around in space. The stars would turn off and what about my planet ?”, Galerie Kamelmennour, Paris, France

“Of course blue affects my way of shitting”, Chert, Berlin, Germany

“Darling squeeze the button and remove my memory”, Galeria e Arteve e Kosovës, Pristina, Albania

“I’m hungry to keep you close. I want to find the words to resist but in the end there is a locked sphere. The funny thing is that you’re not here, nothing is”, Kunshalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Portugal


“July 14th?”, Fondation d’Entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France

“Kosovo Pavillion”, Venice Biennale, Arsenale, Venice, Italy

“Poisoned by men in need of some love”, Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels, Belgium

“Solo exhibition”, Tongewölbe T25, Ingolstadt, Germany

Group Shows


“Viva Arte Viva”, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy


“Preface #1”, Kamelmennour, London, England

“Animality”, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, England

“To Walk a Line”, Akademie der Künst der Welt, Köln, Germany



Contacts & Details

City of birth: Kostërrc, Skenderaj-Kosovo Date of birth: 1986