Tirana Art CenterRruga, Tirana, Albania
Tirana Art Center is albanian’s foremost institution for the commissioning and presentation of experimental contemporary art, and as such is a vibrant place of inspiration, provocation, and reflection. Situated in the heart of Tirana, the TAC is a registered nonprofit organization that produces unique large-scale exhibitions annually, often focusing on time-based or site-specific practices by outstanding local and international artists. Along with exhibitions, the TAC organizes a wide variety of public programming, including panels, screenings, public installations, and site-specific projects that challenge perceived notions and stimulate debate, experimentation, and engagement.
The TAC is housed in a soc-realism building that contains two exhibition spaces and an auditorium in its approximately 100 square meter facilities. These spaces often come to life through solo exhibitions, and have housed the work of major international artists who have not shown in Albania before, including Klara Liden, Jesper Just, Rosa Barba, and Museo Aero Solar. Many important albanian artists have had their solo projects at the TAC, including Anri Sala, Adrian Paci, Jakup Ferri and Fani Zguro. Most exhibitions are accompanied by catalogues with commissioned texts that contextualize these artists’ practices and further the discussions they spur among albanian and international audiences.
Tirana Art Center was founded in 2007 to promote time-based contemporary artistic practices in Albania. Operating from a small room, the TAC revolutionized the art world in Albania by presenting the most cutting-edge local and international artwork. In addition to a series of video and experimental cinema screened in collaboration with Tirana International Film Festival the TAC initiated and founded the Video Archive that contains hundred video works from the 1980s to the present by albanian and international artists and a collection with works by albanian artists from post war to contemporary. The TAC is an essential component of the cultural infrastructure in Albania and is committed to continuing to engage audiences with groundbreaking contemporary art.