Bio & Contact

Contact:

Email: anilarubiku@gmail.com


 

Anila Rubiku is an Albanian born Italian artist (1970) who studied at the Tirana Academy of Arts (1994) and did her post graduate work in Milan at the Brera Academy (2000). At present she works between Milan, Tirana and Toronto. Rubiku’s work is intimately connected to social and political issues.

Her works are poetic and practical exposures of the human social psychological condition wrapped up in a magical sense of humor and full of irony. She has tackled such topics as the corrupt and subsequent desecration of the built and natural environment (Kiev Biennale, 2012); on being an immigrant (Venice Biennale 2011); dictators and their malign egos (Tel Aviv Museum 2014); the “meaning” of a home (Hammer Museum residency, LA, 2013), the future of Cities and Democracy (Venice Architectural Biennale, 2008); Albania: women, justice and the law – Abused women imprisoned for murdering their ‘men’ ( 5th Thessaloniki Biennale, 2015). Rubiku is highly skilled in all media and chooses the media to fit the concept: Kiev – sculpture; Venice 2011 – embroidery; Dictators – etching. Rubiku has native talent, imagination and social commitment. For this she was awarded by Foreign Policy Magazine and the State Department of the USA one of the top Global Thinkers of 2014 (Washington DC).

Solo Exhibtions:

2016
T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do, Zygote Press Gallery, Cleveland (OH). USA.
2014
Fearful Intentions, Josza Gallery, Brussels. Belgium.
2011
About translation, Galerie IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna. Austria. (Curated by Karin Perggener)
2010
Laws, Lies, Traditions & Convictions, Josza Gallery, Brussels. Belgium.
2009
Imagine the possibilities, Gallery Alessandro Bagnai. Florence, Italy. (Curated by James Putnam)
2008
Panoramic Landscapes, Herzliya Museum Israel
The 16 Ways, Gallery Braverman By Art Projects. Tel Aviv, Israel
2006
Something in common Gallery Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany
Getting lost in Venice it’s wonderful Gallery Traghetto. Venice, Italy
2005
Object of Desire, Gallery The Flat – Massimo Carasi. Milan, Italy. (Curated by Gabi Scardi)
2004
Viaggio/Trip Studioventicinque, Milan, Italy
 

 

Selected group exhibitions:

2017
No Place like home. Israeli Museum, Jerusalem. Israel. (Curated by Adina Kamien – Kazhdan) 
Eccentric Spaces. Riccardo Costantini Contemporary. Turin, Italy.( Curated by Elena Inchingolo & Paola Stroppiana)
Drawing Biennial 2017The Drawing Room, London. England.

2016
Bedlam & Balance. ArtYard, Frenchtown, NJ.  U.S.A. (Curated by Magda Gonzales Mora) 
The Pleasure of Love. The 56th October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia.Yugosavia. (Curated by David Elliott)
The Consequences of Love. Georgia Scherman gallery, Toronto, Canada. (Curated by Magda Gonzales-Mora)

2015
Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the WillThe 5th Thessaloniki Biennial, Thessaloniki, Greece. (Curated by Katerina Gregos) 
Drawing Biennial 2015The Drawing Room, London. England.

2014
Under Erasure. Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel. (Curated by Irith Hadar)
Histoires de je.(Part1) Galerie Dix9, Paris, France. (Curated by Azad Asifovich &Hélène Lacharmoise)
ART IN PORT – Coexistence: for a new Adriatic koinèPiramida, Tirana, Albania./National Art Gallery Cetinje, Montenegro/. Muzej Moderne, Rijeka, Croatia/ Magazzino del Sale, Venice/ Pino Pascali Foundation, Polignano a Mare, Italy.
Transmutation. Gallery Catherine Jozsa. Brussels, Belgium.
L’oeuvre au noir. Opus magnum. Gallery Catherine Jozsa. Brussels, Belgium.
Effacing Memory. Online Gallery The Drawing Center. NY, USA
.

2013
What do you make of this? Gallery FAB Tirana, Albania.
Human Nature. Gallery Braverman. Tel Aviv, Israel
.

2012
KAMA. Sesso e Design.  Triennale Design Museum,  Milano, Italy. (Curated by Silvana Annicchiarico).
The best of times, the worst of times. Rebirth and apocalypse in contemporary art. The 1st Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art. Kiev, Ukraine. (Curated by David Elliott).
Dress/id, the language of the self/ le langage de moi, Centre D’Art Passerelle, Brest. France. (Curated by Ulrike Kremeier). 

2011
Magic Lantern: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art at Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
7th Triennial of Contemporary Art, Tournai, Belgium. 
Kunst–Stoff. Textilien in der Kunst seit 1960 at Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Germany.
Das Textile als Medium der zeitgenössischen Kunst at Kunst Archiv Darmstadt,Germany.
Geopathies, 54th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale – Albanian Pavilion.
The five continents, International Triennial of Contemporary textile Arts of Tournai, Belgium.
Nach Strich und Faden, Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawing Gallery, Berlin. Germany.
Explore the potential of new technologies and alternative sourses @  Bloomberg, London. UK  (Curated by Sigrid Wilkinson) Arts Co and commissioned by Bloomberg.

2010 
Nove artisti per “Napoli milionaria” al Palazzo Ducale Martina Franca (TA) (a cura di Lia De Venere e Fabrizio Vona). 
Edition 5 Erstfeld at the Haus für Kunst, Altdorf, Switzerland. 
Säen und Jäten –Volkskultur in der zeitgenössischen Kunst. Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany. 
Non totalmente immemori, né completamente nudi, Galleria Communale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone. Italy. (Curated  by Andrea Bruciati, Eva Comuzzi)

2009
Fragile, fields of empathy, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon. South Korea.
Marvellous Reality Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India.
The Symbolic Efficiency of the Frame, 4th Tirana International Biennial, Albania. (Curatored by Joa Ljundberg & Edi Muka)
Säen und Jäten –Volkskultur in der zeitgenössischen Kunst. Städtische Galerie Ravensburg, Germany. (Curated by Dr. Nicole Fritz)
Threads, National Queer Arts Festival 2009, at SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA (Curated by Pamela Peniston & Courtney Dailey)
Fragile, fields of empathy, Museum of Sant Etiene. France
Windows onto the Sea, Strasbourg. France
Fuorisalone 2009, Plusdesign Gallery, Milan, Italy
Dritto Rovescio, Triennale Museum, Milan, Italy

2008
One Night Only at Taliesin West – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Foundation, Scottsdale – in collaboration with ASU Art Museum, Arizona, U.S.A. (Curated by John Spiak)
Micro narratives, Museum of Sant Etiene. France (Curated by Lorand Hegyi)
Mediations Biennale. Un voyage sentimentale 1st Poznan Biennial, Poland
The Bearable Lightness of being. The metaphor of the space, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava. 11th International Architecture Biennale Venice, Italy
Emergenze Creative MAR Museo d’Arte della Città di Ravenna, Italy
The thread as the line: Contemporary sewn art, Ellipse Arts Centre, Arlington, Virginia, USA (Curated by  Cynthia Connolly)
Women’s Images/Frauenbilder, Kunsthalle Lingen, Germany.(Curated by Dr. Heiner Schepers)

2007
48th October Art Salon Belgrade, Serbia. Yugoslavia
Just in Time, Gallery Riccardo Crespi, Milan. Italy

2006
L’immagine sottile, Galleria Communale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone. Monfalcone, Italy
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006, Japan
Das Pferd erzählen, Kunsthalle, Göppingen. Germany
Travelling Light. Nothing to lose, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA (Curated by Julia Draganovic)

2004
Place for the Self, Apexart, New York ,USA (Curated by Amnon Barzel)
Colours of Albania, National Gallery, Tirana, Albania. (Curated by Edi Muka)

2000
Noi amiamo l’Italia, l’Italia ama noi Mostra a latere del 51° Premio Michetti Palazzo Arnese, Ortona, Italy. (Curated by Edi Muka)
Travelling exhibition Junge Kunst Aus Italien: Kassel/ Documenta Halle, Magdeburg/Johanneskirche, Suermondt –Ludwig Museum, AachenPostdam/Kulturhaus Altes Rathaus, Karlsruhe, Badischer Kunstverein. (Curated by Dr. Ulrich Schneider)
Host Home Gallery 5020 Salzburg, Austria. (Curated by Peter Weiermaier and Amnon Barzel)
 

Awards and Residencies

2016  The Cleveland Foundation: Creative Fusion International Artist in Residence Program.
2013 Artist in Residence TICA Art LAB, Tirana. Albania.
Artist in Residence Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. USA.
2011 Artist-in-Residence Krems, Austria.
2010 Residence International Aux Recollets, Paris, France.
2008 CEC ArtsLink Residency October- November 2008 NY, @ ASU Museum Arizona. (USA).
2007 Artist in residence at Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts, Jerusalem, Israel.
2006 Targetti Light Art Award 2005 @ Artefiera 2006, Bologna, Italy.
1999 Mercedes Benz Prize Centro d’Arte la Loggia, Montefiridolfi, (FI). Italy.

Public & Private Collections:

 Collezione la Gaia, Cuneo, Italia.
 Mint Museum Collection, Charlotte, NC. USA
 Israeli Museum Collection, Jerusalem, IL.
 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. USA
 Deutsche Bank Collection, London, UK.
 Targetti Art Light Collection, Florence, Italy.
 Collection of Galleria Comunale dell'Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Monfalcone, Italy.
 Collection of Anthony and Heather Podesta, Washington, DC. USA
 Edition5 Collection, Erstfeld, Switzerland. 
 Collection of Peggy Scott and David Teplitzky, Asia. 
 

Special Projects:

2013 – Artist-Led workshops in collaboration with psychologist Jeffrey Adams held at the Women Prison 325, Ali Demi, in Tirana, Albania directed by curator  – Edi Muka.
Artist-Led workshops held at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles,  California directed by curator  – Ali Subotnik.
2010  – Paper Therapy a community project held in London at  Maggie’s Centre in Hammersmith at Charing Cross Hospital & Bloomberg employs at their offices in London. UK, in collaboration with Arts Co and commissioned by Bloomberg, London. Directed by – Sigrid Wilkinson – Arts Co.
2008  – One Night Only the U.S. Taliesin West – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Foundation, Scottsdale  in collaboration with ASU Art Museum, Arizona, U.S.A  Directed by John Spiak.
2007  – The Ethiopian Embroiderers workshop in collaboration with Jerusalem Centre for Visual Arts( JCVA), Tel Aviv, Israel. Directed by Nirith Nelson.
2006   – Taipei Contemporary Ink Painting Biennal. Taipei, Taiwan.
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006, Two weeks workshop in Japan 2005.
Yellow Stickers: Urban intervention project in simultaneously with the 51st Venice Biennale.

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Recent PRESS:

01.09.13  –  31.10.13

 Artist in Residence at TICA, Tirana, Albania.

http://tica-albania.org/new/index.php/en/artists-in-residency/181-airlab-fall-2013

 http://www.abcnews.al/speciale/speciale/1/248

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl5hMBSDEto

 http://gazetadita.al/mjaft-me-o-burre/

15.05.13  

Hammer Museum UCLA Lecture  as part of the  Hammer Lectures – 07:30 pm

Los Angeles, California

http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs/detail/program_id/1718

 

10.04.13  

Interview @ Los Angeles Times ”Global Voices: An artist’s take on dictatorship’s legacy” by Carol J. Williams

http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-interview-albanian-artist-20130410,0,1830400.story

 

04.02.13  –  31.05.13

 Artist in Residence at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

http://hammer.ucla.edu/residencies/detail/residency_id/33

 

21.02.13  –  04.04.13

Group show Human Nature @ Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel 

http://www.bravermangallery.com/05.12.12  –  10.03.13

 http://www.bravermangallery.com/page.php?id=617

05.12.12  –  10.03.13

Show “Kama, Sex e Design” @ Triennale Design Museum, Milan, Italy (Curated by Silvana Annicchiarico)

http://www.triennale.it/en/exhibitions/present/2200-kama-sex-and-design-2

http://dianepernet.typepad.com/diane/2012/12/kama-sex-and-design-triennale-di-milano-text-and-photos-by-stefania-seoni.html

 http://www.wallpaper.com/design/kama-sex-and-design-exhibition-at-triennale-design-museum-milan/6205

http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/66136/for-adults-only-kama-sex-and-design-exhibition-at-the-triennale-museum-in-milan/#.UMcR-IXrl4k

11.02.12 – 12.08.12  

Show  ”Material Intervention”, the Modern Lab, @ National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (Curated by Andrea Nelson)

http://www.nga.gov/collection/ml_material.shtm 

24.05.12 – 31.07.12

Show @ Arsenale 2012- The First Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art – Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraina (Curated by David Elliott)

http://arsenale2012.com/home/?lang=eng

http://www.domusweb.it/it/art/the-best-of-times-the-worst-of-times/

http://www.artribune.com/2012/07/non-solo-calcio-anche-kiev-ha-la-sua-biennale/

13.09.11 – 18.11.11

Solo show @ Galerie IG BILDENDE KUNST- Wien, Austria.

(Curated by Karin Pernegger & Dagmar Hoss)

http://www.igbildendekunst.at/kunst/ausstellungen-2011/anila-rubiku-und-nina-hoechtl.htm

July – September  2011

Residence @ AIR artist – in – Residence  in Krems, Austria.

http://www.air-krems.at/artists/2011

 

10th June – 10th September

The 7th Triennale International of Tournai, Belgium

@ Maison Culturelle d’Ath – le Palace – Grand Palace- 7800 ATH

http://www.triennaletournai.be/?page_id=309

www.triennaletournai.be

4th June – 27th Nov. 2011

54th International Venice Biennale 2011 – Albanian Pavilion

www.labiennale.org

http://artonair.org/play/10402/show/venice-2011-anila-rubiku-albanian-pavilionRecent PRESS:

 

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