Sarajevo Bosnia Art
Art is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sarajevo, but I assure you that it has one of the best art scenes in the region. I decided to travel to Sarjeva in Bosnia for a while and find out if there is Art Nouveau architecture there. The style contrasts with the urban ambience of the former Bosnian city, and it can be seen in many places, such as the old city centre and the centre of Zagreb.
Grbavica is the only part of Sarajevo that was occupied by Serb troops during the Bosnian war. This striking concrete pattern is a unique feature of the city, as it was the scene of intense urban warfare and suffered thousands of shells and explosions during the siege. Bosniaks and Serbs used artillery positions in the so-called sniper alley, which was shot down by the US Army, the Royal Yugoslav Army and the Croatian Army.
Brodac is located in an old building with history and soul: Charlama Depo Gallery is one of the oldest galleries in Sarajevo and the first of its kind in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In fact, the Saraja Film Festival was opened at that time, and art, music and the Saraniya Winter Festival took on a new urgency. Art had a purpose and Brodac, like all old buildings, had to be reinvented for its new purpose.
Founded by the artist Jusuf Hadzifejzovic, the gallery is one of the oldest in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the only one in Sarajevo. Founded by artists JUSuf hadzIFEj Zovic and his wife Jelena in the old building of Brodac, the first gallery of its kind.
European museums and galleries were asked by Hadziomerspahic to participate in the project, as the war that pitted Muslim Bosniaks against Orthodox Christian Serbs and marked the longest siege in modern history raged in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1991 to 1995. But Damir Niksicin's exhibition belongs to another era of the Bosnian war, a time of conflict between Orthodox Christians and Muslims. His work shows that he was not a Muslim, but a member of his own ethnic group, the Serb Bosnians.
The exhibition can be considered one of the most important works of art dealing with the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and an important contribution to the history of art in Europe.
We are currently working on a publication that documents the last fifteen years of our activities and provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary art in Bosnia. During the tour we will visit some places in Sarajevo that are related to conceptual and contemporary art, talk with local artists and art curators and visit exceptional collections that have recently been on display in and around Saraja, Tuzla and 18. These places offer different insights into Sarani, but all offer a different insight into Saraji. At the time of this tour, I am writing and editing a book on the extraordinary collection that was recently exhibited at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Sarajo from January to March 2016. We are currently working on the publication, which documents our activities over the last fifteen years and provides a comprehensive overview of modern and contemporary art in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On the upper floor of the Kunstmuseum there is a temporary exhibition of contemporary artists from Sarajevo and Zurich, Switzerland, which is called "Sarajivo - Zurich." Charlama Depo Gallery, which was exhibited at the recent Dallas Art Fair and is now housed in the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Sarajo and the Saraja Art Museum respectively. At the time of this tour we will also be involved in the Charlamas and Depos Gallery, as part of our visit to their exhibitions.
This work is significant because it shows the artist's studio, which was located in Sarajevo during the siege of the city. Elsewhere in the museum there is a temporary exhibition of photographs entitled "Sarajivo Monte Carlo." The photographs are part of a series of portraits of the artists from the early 20th century, and the works are significant in that they show that the artists "studios were in and around Saraja at the time of their work, especially during the war, when the city was under siege.
The Ferhadija cantonruns from the intersection with Titova Street to Saraci Street, where you turn off and continue across the street towards the city centre, and from there along the north-east corner of Sarajevo to the point where you turn into Sarci Street and continue on your way to Niksic Street, the city from which you came. It used to be very popular in Saraja, but now it has become a cozy place where you can occasionally visit a contemporary exhibition of Bosnian art. The former Yugoslavia, the "Sarajivo Monte Carlo" ("Monte Carlo Museum"), should be visited at least once a week.