SARAJEVO COLLEZIONE PER L’AQUILA
A cura di Andrej Ðerković
ALEKSANDAR SAŠA BUKVIĆ - SUZANA CERIĆ - ANDREJ ĐERKOVIĆ - ASIM ĐELILOVIĆ - ZLATAN FILIPOVIĆ - JUSUF HADŽIFEJZOVIĆ - NELA HASANBEGOVIĆ - TAIDA JAŠAREVIĆ - MILOMIR KOVAČEVIĆ STRAŠNI - KURT&PLASTO - DANIEL PREMEC - NEBOJŠA ŠERIĆ SHOBA - ANELA ŠABIĆ - DEJAN VEKIĆ - NARDINA ZUBANOVIĆ
Our failure is the failure of the imagination, empathy; we didn't succeed to keep that reality in us
SARAJEVO COLLEZIONE PER L’AQUILA is a unique collection of works by internationally renowned sarajevan artists, dear friends who answer with gratitude on my invitation in making this collection. Twenty five years after the beginning of the siege, Sarajevo is still not enough conscious of the greatness of its reality and because of our “common” day, April 6th, OUR DAY, the day of the anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo as well as the earthquake in Abruzzo region, I have a wish, as a Italian and sarajevan citizen, to “keep” this reality, that we couldn't save.
Italian people helped a lot Sarajevo during the siege, so this collection is one small sign of my gratitude, and compassion to the people who where with us, when we needed. Now it's our turn.
The collection is dedicated to reconstructed Experimental Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo Sperimentale d'Arte Contemporanea-MU.SP.A.C.) in the Italian city of L'Aquila, which was severely damaged by the earthquake on April, 6th 2008. Here we have a generational range that perfectly represents the mirror of Sarajevo contemporary art scene and its artistic diversity. Alphabetically, the collection begins with the oldest author Aleksandar Saša Bukvić, member of the group Zvono that can be classified as the founders of the contemporary art scene we're talking about, to the youngest author Nardina Zubanović, whose work "Attention, Museum!" (dedicated then to still closed National museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina), visualy and conceptualy covers the task of this very personal project for another museum, "museum which has emerged from the ruins," Museo Sperimentale d'Arte Contemporanea (MU.SP.AC).
Given the fact that the collection is the result of a desire to show gratitude due to the generous help of the Italian people to besieged city, almost completely set up is made exclusively of works by artists who survived the siege. The authors from the collection are laureats of many important national and international awards, and they had many individual exhibitions at home and abroad. They were often exhibited together in many representative international exhibitions, and their creativity marked Sarajevo and international cultural scene in the last thirty years.
Experimental Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo Sperimentale d'Arte Contemporanea MU.SP.A.C.) was established through the cultural association Quarto di San Giusto, and through the museum's institutional structure in 1993. The museum has several times changed its address to the last one in the Palazzo Baroncelli Cappa, until the tragic earthquake of 2009. In the permanent collection of the museum are works the biggest names in Italian and international contemporary art scene including Joseph Beuys, Christo, Victor Vasarely, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Giuseppe Gallo, Jannis Kounellis, Fabio Mauri, Mario Merz, Gino Sabatini Odoardi, Giulio Paolini, Roberto Pietrosanti, Oliviero Rainaldi, Ettore Spalletti, Gilberto Zorio and many others.