Ars Aevi museum designed by Renzo Piano to open in Sarajevo

Center will host artwork donated by artists during the war

30 September, 14:03

    ROME - The Italian embassy in Sarajevo is relaunching the project to create the Museum of contemporary art "Ars Aevi", designed by architect Renzo Piano.

    The project, which was stalled for a long time, was conceived to host artwork from the collection "Ars Aevi", donated to Sarajevo during the war by international artists including Michelangelo Pistoletto to support the besieged city and accompany its civil, ethical and cultural rebirth. The Italian embassy has pursued constant actions to stimulate the realization of the work which, during the conference "A vision becomes reality", held in collaboration with the office in Tirana of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation-AICS, had its final relaunch.

    The collection "Ars Aevi" - in part anagram of the word "Sarajevo" and in Latin "art of the era" - currently includes some 150 artworks. Along with designing the museum, Renzo Piano also funded the construction of a pedestrian bridge on the river Miljacka in the immediate closeness of the area that was meant to host the museum. "In continuing to cultivate the dream Ars Aevi - said Italy's ambassador to Sarajevo, Marco Di Ruzza - we were visionaries but our idealism is supported by concrete" initiatives and projects. "We strongly believed in revitalizing the initiative, not only for its exceptional artistic and cultural value and for its marked Italian touch since its conception, but also for its strong symbolic value. This new museum space, modern, inclusive, multifunctional can in fact offer a powerful instrument to encourage a path of reconciliation between different ethnic-national members, in the interest of the population, and in particular of new generations, and in helping the path to the country's European integration, of which Italy is a convinced supporter".

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