Our European chapter was almost at an end as the Himalayas beckoned.
Our last stop in Bosnia was a brief visit to the capital Sarajevo. Arriving by bus through the Fall coloured landscape we checked into a great apartment in the centre of the city.
The old city of Sarajevo centers around an old Ottoman bazaar called Bascarsija. Some of the craftsmans workshops still exist and there is a great range of fine metalwork and Turkish wares. We exhausted ourselves with shopping and delicious foodstuffs.
Although our explorations were limited we couldn’t leave the city without visiting Sarajevo’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ars Aevi collection. Started nearly fifteen years previously, the idea to create a contemporary art museum manifested the same night as the Museum of the XIV Winter Olympic games was bombed and destroyed. Even though the odds were against the first dreamers who were trying to stay alive during the war, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sarajevo eventually formed.
Even though Ars Aevi’s collection houses some of the words most prominent artist and is worth millions. The Museums building is still in the midst of construction due to difficulty finding funding, relying heavily on donations. The curation demonstrates this eloquently with the impressive collection mainly housed in wooden packing boxes and packed densely on the floor and against walls
“Art can overcome evil and destruction. Culture is the mother of tolerance. Intercultural dialog enriches. The universal language of art unites.”
Enver Hadžiomerspahić – Facts about Ars Aevi