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New “Gjon Mili” Museum of Photography Opens in Albania with support of TAP Funding

22 December 2018

Korça, Albania. On 22 December 2018, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the Albanian Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Korça inaugurated the new Gjon Mili Museum. The investment amounts to approximately 425,000 Euro and is part of TAP’s social and environmental investment (SEI) programme.


The museum exhibits over 240 photographs taken by the renowned photographer Gjon Mili in Albania, which have given world photography a new dimension. Gjon Mili (1904 - 1984) was a pioneer in the use of stroboscopic instruments to capture a sequence of actions in one photograph. He is most famous for his images that captured Picasso drawing with light.

The Minister of Culture, Mirela Kumbaro, the Mayor of Korça, Sotiraq Filo, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Niko Peleshi, TAP Country Manager Malfor Nuri, visual artists from Albania and residents of Korça attended the museum opening ceremony. 

The Minister of Culture Mirela Kumbaro welcomed TAP’s care in preserving and promoting culture: “Today we have one more museum and we are grateful to TAP for showing that it is an important partner in promoting culture and cultural heritage. Not far from here, TAP has also brought to light two very important archaeological sites for Albania.”

The Mayor of Korça, Sotiraq Filo, said: “I am very happy that another museum is open in our town. It will be a key attraction for the many visitors coming to Korça. This museum is dedicated to one of the most renowned photographers in the world, who was born in Korça.”

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Niko Peleshi, said: “Today’s inauguration makes Korça the town with the most museums in Albania. I want to thank TAP for this investment. Without it, this museum would continue to be nothing more than utopia.”

TAP Country Manager for Albania, Malfor Nuri said: “This is one of TAP’s largest investments in culture. For us it is very important to bring to the forefront and promote the best values Albania has to offer. And to do this, we need personalities like Gjon Mili, who should be well known to us and showcased for others. This museum will serve this purpose and I am very proud of this TAP investment.”

Approximately nine months of work was put in to completely refurbish the Romanian Building – one of the most iconic buildings in Korça – and to transform it into a museum.

The Gjon Mili Museum was a double challenge, as the building needed to be restored and re-designed for housing a museum. The reconstruction of the facade was completed preserving every detail of the original design, while the interior has been organised in galleries on two floors. Approximately 600 square meters now house and serve as exhibition space for some of the most appreciated Gjon Mili photographs.

Abkons, TAP’s contractor for SEI management in Albania, supervised the works, while Leon Konstruksion carried out the restoration.


About the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The 878 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.

TAP’s routing can facilitate gas supply to several South Eastern European countries. TAP’s landfall in Italy provides multiple opportunities for further transport of Caspian natural gas to the wider European market.

TAP promotes economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it is also a major source of foreign direct investment. With first gas to Georgia and Turkey now being delivered, first deliveries to Europe will follow in 2020.

TAP’s shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).

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