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The Ars Aevi Museum Of Contemporary Art

The essence of the project is its unique Collection

  • Working Hours:  
    Monday - Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00 h
  • Contact phone: +387 33 529 820
  • Contact email: arsaevi@arsaevi.ba
  • Adress: Brodac 1, 71000 Sarajevo, B&H

Conceived during the siege of Sarajevo, the Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art is
the most ambitious cultural and development project of contemporary art in
Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Conceived during the siege of Sarajevo, the Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art is the most ambitious cultural and development project of contemporary art in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ars Aevi has become a symbol of all artists who have shown solidarity with Sarajevo, with the intention of constructing a multicultural Center / Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Since 1992 Ars Aevi has developed as an expression of international collective will and solidarity and its mission is based on networking and collaboration between the regional and international artists, curators and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The essence of the project is its unique Collection. The concept and strategic goals of Ars Aevi were first presented in 1993 at the 45th Venice Biennale. Since 1994, the artistic directors of museums, centers and foundations have invited artists to become founders of the Ars Aevi collection, creating exhibitions on behalf of Ars Aevi. 

How to find Ars Aevi Museum Of Contemporary Art

Neighborhoods of  Sarajevo - Baščaršija 

We will start with today's bathing area Bentbaša, which was once known as medieval village of Brodac. The founder of Sarajevo, Isabeg Isaković thought this location was just perfect for establishing a city.

In Baščaršija, he builds Kolobara Han (Kolobara Inn), a hotel in modern terms, which was soon surrounded by a multitude of shops creating the economic basis for the development of the city. Kozja ćuprija bridge (Goat Bridge) was built upstream from the village of Brodac in the 16th century, and today is an easy, half hours walk from Bentbaša along the Dariva Street. Not much is known about Kozja ćuprija, but it is certain that everything came to town through it: armies, caravans, religions, cultures and influences.

There are two traditions about the origin of Kozja ćuprija.
According to the first legend, the bridge was built by the Romans, and the second claims it was built by Mehmed Paša in memory of his childhood when he was just a poor goat shepherd.

According to the legend, one of the goats in his care discovered the hidden treasure. Mehmed used it for his education, became elected to the rank of Pasha and constructed a bridge he called “Goat’s Bridge”. Another permanent stamp was left by Gazi Husrev Beg (Gazi Husrev Bey), the conqueror of Belgrade, the irreplaceable warrior in campaigns of Suleiman the Magnificent, triple Bosnian Steward and Builder. In 1530, with his own money, he built the most monumental building of Islamic culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the largest sacral object of Islamic architecture in this part of the world, Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque, sitting on the right bank of the river Miljacka.

Bey Mosque, together with mekteb, wudu inn, two octagonal mausoleums and the clock tower building is the central and largest complex of the “čaršija”, and has had a significant influence on all construction activities in the city.
It is also the first mosque in the world to install electrical lighting.
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