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), Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2016); New Museum, New York (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, (2018); Fondazione Merz, Turin, (2018); He also participated in the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2010); and in the 57th Venice Biennale.

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

Current Exhibitions

Homeless Souls

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

27 Jun — 22 Sep
Gathering together a dozen artistic voices from countries around the world for a conversation about exile as a political and existential reality, Homeless Souls presents the works of the artists from diverse countries, which speak...

Past Exhibitions

Petrit Halilaj. Shkrepëtima

Fondazione Merz
29/10/2018 — 03/02/2019

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

Solo Shows

Petrit Halilaj. Shkrepëtima, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy
Hammer Projects: Petrit Halilaj, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA

Do you realise there is a rainbow even if it is night?, Kosovo Pavilion, Venice Art Biennale

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 Lives in: Pristina, Bozzolo (Mantova) and Berlin