Petrit Halilaj

Born in 1986 in Kostërc (Kosovo), PETRIT HALILAJ lives and works in-between Germany, Kosovo and Italy. His work is deeply connected with the recent history of his country, and the consequences of the political and cultural tensions in the region. But while confronting a collective memory, his work often originates from a personal experience and it is usually the result of an intimate process and a shared moment with someone he loves. His unique, and sometimes irreverent, way to playfully confront the essence of reality results in a deep reflection on memory, freedom, cultural identity and life discoveries. Kamel Mennour and Petrit Halilaj have been working together since 2014.

Petrit Halilaj’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the New Museum, NYC; the Fondazione Merz, Turin; the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Hangar Bicocca, Milan; the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn; the National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina; the Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon; the Foundation Galeries Lafayette, Paris; WIELS, Brussels; as well as in group exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; the Palazzo Grassi, Pinault Collection, Venice; and the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster.

He represented Kosovo at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. He received the Mario Merz Prize, and the special mention of the jury at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. In 2019, he participated in the group exhibitions “The Palace at 4am” at NEON, Mykonos, Greece; “Homeless Souls” at the Louisiana Museum in Denmark; and the 15th Lyon Biennale.

Works

Exhibition view, Palacio de Cristal, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Palacio de Cristal, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2020
Exhibition view, Lyon Biennale - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Lyon Biennale, 2019
Exhibition view, Lyon Biennale - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Lyon Biennale, 2019
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2014
Exhibition view, Palacio de Cristal, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Palacio de Cristal, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2020
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York, 2017
Exhibition view, Fondazione Merz, Turin - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2018
Exhibition view, Venice Biennale - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Venice Biennale, 2017
RU_ Ardeola ralloides, Threskiornis spinicollis - © kamel mennour
RU_ Ardeola ralloides, Threskiornis spinicollis, 2017
Exhibition view, Palacio de Cristal, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Palacio de Cristal, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2020
Moth #2 - © kamel mennour
Moth #2, 2017
Exhibition view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2018
Shkrepëtima - © kamel mennour
Shkrepëtima, 2019
Petrit Halilaj
Ru, 2019
Exhibition view  "Homeless Souls", Louisiana Museum, Danemark - © Courtesy the Artist, ChertLüdde, Berlin and kamel mennour, Paris/London, kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Louisiana Museum, Danemark, 2019
Abetare (Figure with square body) - © kamel mennour
Abetare (Figure with square body), 2015
Exhibition view, HangarBicocca, Milan - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, HangarBicocca, Milan, 2015
Si Okarina e Runikut 4 - © kamel mennour
Si Okarina e Runikut 4, 2014—2019
Abetare (Three Flowers) - © kamel mennour
Abetare (Three Flowers), 2019
Do you realise there is a rainbow even if it’s night!? (red) - © kamel mennour
Do you realise there is a rainbow even if it’s night!? (red), 2017
Shkrepëtima - © kamel mennour
Shkrepëtima, 2019
Exhibition view, NEON, Mykonos - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, NEON, Mykonos, 2019
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2017
Si Okarina e Runikut 3 - © kamel mennour
Si Okarina e Runikut 3, 2015
Moth #10 - © kamel mennour
Moth #10, 2017
Exhibition view, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 2015
Exhibition view, Pinault Collection, Punta Della Dogana, Venice - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Pinault Collection, Punta Della Dogana, Venice, 2015
Abetare (A Window) - © kamel mennour
Abetare (A Window), 2015
Exhibition view, SALTS, Basel - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, SALTS, Basel, 2015
Petrit Halilaj
ABETARE
2018
View of the exhibition “Childhood - Another banana day for the dream-fish”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018 - © © Petrit Halilaj
Photo. archives kamel mennour
Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour Paris/London, kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, London - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, London, 2017
Exhibition view, WIELS, Brussels - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, WIELS, Brussels, 2013
Shkrepëtima - © kamel mennour
Shkrepëtima, 2019
Exhibition view, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, 2015
RU_Egretta cerulea, Limosa limosa - © kamel mennour
RU_Egretta cerulea, Limosa limosa, 2017
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York, 2017
Shkrepëtima - © kamel mennour
Shkrepëtima, 2019
Exhibition view, Fondazione Merz, Turin - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2017
Poisoned by men in need of some love (Anas platyrhynchos) - © kamel mennour
Poisoned by men in need of some love (Anas platyrhynchos), 2013
Exhibition view, Venice Biennale - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Venice Biennale, 2017
Do you realise there is a rainbow even if it's night!? (yellow green) - © kamel mennour
Do you realise there is a rainbow even if it’s night!? (yellow green), 2017
Shkrepëtima - © kamel mennour
Shkrepëtima, 2019
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2017
Si Okarina e Runikut 2 - © kamel mennour
Si Okarina e Runikut 2, 2014
Shkrepëtima - © kamel mennour
Shkrepëtima, 2019
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2019
Exhibition view, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, 2015
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York, 2017
Abetare (A Candle) - © kamel mennour
Abetare (A Candle), 2015
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2017
Exhibition view, WIELS, Brussels - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, WIELS, Brussels, 2013
RU - © kamel mennour
RU, 2017
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York, 2017
Exhibition view, HangarBicocca, Milan - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, HangarBicocca, Milan, 2015
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2017
Exhibition view, WIELS, Brussels - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, WIELS, Brussels, 2013
Moth #4 - © kamel mennour
Moth #4, 2017
Exhibition view, HangarBicocca, Milan - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, HangarBicocca, Milan, 2015
Shkrepëtima - © kamel mennour
Shkrepëtima, 2019
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2017
Abetare (Ronaldo) - © kamel mennour
Abetare (Ronaldo), 2015
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, London - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, London, 2017
Si Okarina e Runikut - © kamel mennour
Si Okarina e Runikut, 2014
Do you realise there is a rainbow even if it's night!? (white) - © kamel mennour
Do you realise there is a rainbow even if it’s night!? (white), 2017
Abetare (Big star with I love u) - © kamel mennour
Abetare (Big star with I love u), 2015
Abetare (Heart) - © kamel mennour
Abetare (Heart), 2015
Shkrepëtima - © kamel mennour
Shkrepëtima, 2019
Exhibition view, HangarBicocca, Milan - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, HangarBicocca, Milan, 2015
Exhibition, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne - © kamel mennour
Exhibition, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, 2015
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York, 2017
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2019
Exhibition view, Fondazione Merz, Turin - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2018
Exhibition view, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, 2015
Exhibition view, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 2015
Abetare (Flower) - © kamel mennour
Abetare (Flower), 2017
Exhibition view, WIELS, Brussels - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, WIELS, Brussels, 2013
RU_Haematopus ostralegus, Pluvialis squatarola - © kamel mennour
RU_Haematopus ostralegus, Pluvialis squatarola, 2017
Exhibition view, HangarBicocca, Milan - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, HangarBicocca, Milan, 2015
Abetare (Arrow in Heart) - © kamel mennour
Abetare (Arrow in Heart), 2018
Exhibition view, Berlin Biennale - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Berlin Biennale, 2010
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York, 2017
Shkrepëtima - © kamel mennour
Shkrepëtima, 2019
Abetare (Eye) - © kamel mennour
Abetare (Eye), 2017
Exhibition view, NEON, Mykonos - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, NEON, Mykonos, 2019
Exhibition view, Fondazione Merz, Turin - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2018
RU_Haematopus ostralegus, Pluvialis squatarola 2 - © kamel mennour
RU_Haematopus ostralegus, Pluvialis squatarola 2, 2017
Exhibition view, Fondazione Merz, Turin - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2018
Exhibition view, HangarBicocca, Milan - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, HangarBicocca, Milan, 2015
Exhibition view, WIELS, Brussels - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, WIELS, Brussels, 2013
Exhibition view, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, 2015
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, New Museum, New York, 2017
Exhibition view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018

Exhibitions & News

Studio Berlin - © kamel mennour
Petrit Halilaj, Alicja Kwade, STUDIO BERLIN
9 September — 1 December 2020
Berghain, Berlin
Petrit Halilaj - Palacio de Cristal - © kamel mennour
Petrit Halilaj, To a raven and hurricanes that from unknown places bring back smells of humans in love
17 July 2020 — 28 February 2021
Opening 16 July 2020, 12:15
Reina Sofia, Retiro Park, Palacio de Cristal, Madrid
Petrit Halilaj - Saint Ives - © kamel mennour
Petrit Halilaj, Petrit Halilaj
31 January — 5 May 2021
Tate Saint Ives, St Ives
Group show - © kamel mennour
Neïl Beloufa, Michel François, Petrit Halilaj, Camille Henrot, Tadashi Kawamata, Alicja Kwade, Claude Lévêque, Ugo Rondinone, Group show
3 — 12 October 2020
kamel mennour, 6 rue du Pont de Lodi, Paris 6
From Home - © kamel mennour
Group show, From Home
3 — 20 April 2020
kamel mennour online
You, œuvres de la collection Lafayette Anticipations - © kamel mennour
Petrit Halilaj, You, œuvres de la collection Lafayette Anticipations
11 October 2019 — 16 February 2020
Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris
Petrit Halilaj - 15e édition de la Biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon - © kamel mennour
Petrit Halilaj, Shkrepëtima
18 September 2019 — 5 January 2020
Biennale de Lyon, Usines Fagor, Lyon
Petrit Halilaj, NEON, Mykonos - © kamel mennour
Petrit Halilaj, The Palace at 4am
18 May — 31 October 2019
NEON / Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
Été indien - © kamel mennour
Group show, Été indien
5 September — 5 October 2019
Opening 5 September 2019, 15:45
kamel mennour, 47 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, Paris 6
Petrit Halilaj
Shkrepëtima, 2018 
View of the exhibition « Shkrepëtima » at Fondazione Merz, Torino, Italy, 2018
Shkrepëtima is a 3-parts project: a performance in Runik, Kosovo; a show at Paul Klee Zentrum, Bern, Switwerland, travelling to Fondazione Merz, Torino, Italy
Courtesy the Artist; ChertLüdde, Berlin; kamel mennour, Paris/London; Fondazione Merz, Torino - © kamel mennour
Petrit Halilaj, Shkrepëtima
29 October 2018 — 3 February 2019
Fondazione Merz, Turin
Hammer Projects: Petrit Halilaj, installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, September 15, 2018-January 20, 2019. Photo: Brian Forrest. - © kamel mennour
Petrit Halilaj, Hammer Projects: Petrit Halilaj
15 September 2018 — 20 January 2019
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
View of the group show “Mask”, kamel mennour (51 Brook Street), London, 2018

© ADAGP Michel François
© Petrit Halilaj
© ADAGP Camille Henrot
© ADAGP Bertrand Lavier
© Matthew Lutz‑Kinoy
© ADAGP Pierre Molinier
© Ugo Rondinone
Photo. archives kamel mennour
Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris/London - © kamel mennour
Group show, Mask
28 June — 28 July 2018
kamel mennour, 51 Brook Street, London
ABETARE (Fluturat) - © © Petrit Halilaj
Photo. archives kamel mennour
Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour Paris/London, kamel mennour
Petrit Halilaj, ABETARE (Fluturat)
1 December 2017 — 27 January 2018
kamel mennour, 6 rue du Pont de Lodi, Paris 6

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