The Museum of Literature and Performing Arts of BiH
The museum follows the life and work of Bosnian authors of all nationalities and confessions
- Working Hours:
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00 h
- Contact phone: +387 33 201 861
- Contact email: email@example.com
- Adress: Sime Milutinovića Sarajlije 7, 71000 Sarajevo, B&H
The story of the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina begins back in 1961.
The Museum of Literature and Performing Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina is located in the heart of Sarajevo, at Sime Milutinovića Sarajlija 7, in an old family house built in the middle of the 19th century, which was originally owned by the Skarić family and then by the Despić family, whose members donated it Sarajevo.About the Museum:The museum was founded in 1961 as the Museum of Literature, and almost a decade later, in 1970, it expanded its activity to include theater arts. His collection is distributed in 67 literary and 17 theatrical collections, which contain more than 20,000 exhibits.The renovated and expanded Permanent Exhibition of the Museum was opened for visitors, where selected exhibits from the collections of 10 writers, namely Ivo Andrić, Meša Selimović, Silvije Strahimir Kranjčević, Petar Kočić, Isak Samokovlija, Zija Dizdarević, are displayed on two floors.
Branko Ćopić, Hasan Kikić, Mak Dizdar and Kalmi Baruh. Visitors can also see the exhibits of nine theater artists, namely: Reihan Demirdžić, Jelena Kešeljević, Avdo Džinović, Jolanda Đačić, Safet Pašalić, Jurislav Korjenić, Dragoslav Drakče Popović, Boris Smoje and Zvonko Zrnčić. On the ground floor of the Museum is the MAK gallery where museum exhibitions, literary events, promotions, concerts, screenings, but also exhibitions of photographs, paintings, sculptures and other art forms are organized.The museum is adorned with a beautiful courtyard paved with cobblestones and a garden with native plants and a fountain. During the summer months, there is a summer garden in it where you can drink coffee and natural grape juice or rose.
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Points of interest:
1. All important writers from Yugoslavia at the time participated in the founding of the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts of BiH, but with emphasis on writers from BiH. Recommendations for the museum were written by Ivo Andrić among them. Even then, it was decided that, although the copyright was given to the Foundation in Bograd, the original manuscript of "On the Drina Bridge" would be donated, after his death, to the museum in Sarajevo. Even then it was decided that, although the copyright was given to the Foundation in Bograd, the original manuscript "On the Drina Bridge" would be donated, after his death, to the museum in Sarajevo. When Andrić died, at that meeting in Belgrade, they established that "Comrade Andrić wanted the original manuscript to be donated to the museum in Sarajevo, because that is why it was made."Today, among the valuable exhibits in the Museum is the most important among them - the original manuscript of Andrić's Nobel Prize-winning novel "On the Drina Bridge", which is exhibited in the Museum's permanent exhibition.
2. Ivo Andrić personally came to the Museum of Literature and Theater Arts of BiH and presented a pen with which he wrote the novel "On the Drina ćuprija".In order for the curators to be sure that it was that pen, he also left a handwritten note, that it was a pen that he bought in Geneva that same year, so that it would be clear because he wrote "On the Drina Bridge" during the Second World War . In the Permanent Exhibition of the Museum, along with the manuscript, a pen is exhibited as Andrić's contribution to the development of the museum.
3. In the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the original manuscript of the novel "Dervish and Death" by Meša Selimović under the original title "Four Golden Birds" is preserved. Namely, many do not know that "Dervish and Death" was originally called "Four Golden Birds" and was published in the magazine "Život" in 1966. Only later that year, the novel was published by "Svjetlosti" under the title "Dervish and Death".
4. In the Permanent Exhibition of the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, numerous items that belonged to writers are displayed. One of the more unusual ones is in the "Isak Samokovlija" collection, and it is the stuffed parrot "Lumpi". Samokovlija, who was a doctor by profession, dissected his pet parrot after it died and kept it on his desk as a decoration.
5. From the collection about the writer Branko Ćopić, in the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the notebook in which Ćopić wrote his partisan diary, as well as the nearly spent graphite pencil with which he wrote, is on display.
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 built 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.In the night between August 25 and 26, 1992, City Hall was hit by flammable artillery missiles. The fire destroyed the City Hall, together with the huge library fund of the National-University Library of about 2 million units. The renovation of the City Hall starts in 1996 and lasts until 2014, and the complete reconstruction has been done according to the original documentation.
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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