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Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion at 58th Biennale of Art

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: the artists of the pavilion, the works, the times, the periods, the cost of the tickets and the exhibition venue.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion  Biennale of Art
Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion at Venice Biennale of Art - Palazzo Francesco Molon Ca’ Bernardo, San Polo 2184/A - Venice

Exhibition in progress from 11 May to 24 November 2019

The 58th Biennale of Art will open to the public on 11 May 2019. But starting from a few days before the opening there will be the various openings and side events that always suddenly animate the Venetian artistic life. The title of the 58 edition of the Biennale d'Arte is May You Live In Interesting Times.

79 artists are invited to exhibit at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, with a prevalence of women. Among them the 2 Italians Ludovica Carbotta and Lara Favaretto. The first will make a site-specific work in Forte Marghera, inside the building known as the Austrian Powder Mill.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion at 58th Biennale Arte of Venice

Title of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion is Zenica Trilogy.

Artist: Danica Dakić.
Curators: Anja Bogojević, Amila Puzić, Claudia Zini. 
 Senka Ibrišimbegović, Ars Aevi Museum for Contemporary Art Sarajevo.
Seat: Palazzo Francesco Molon Ca’ Bernardo, San Polo 2184/A

Press Release

Danica Dakic, representing Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, will present a major solo exhibition of new work titled Zenica Trilogy at Palazzo Francesco Molon Ca’ Bernardo in Venice. The exhibition will be on view from 11 May until 24 November 2019. The official opening ceremony of the Pavilion of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be on May 9 at 6pm.

The artist was invited by an international curatorial team consisting of Anja Bogojevic, Amila Puzic, and Claudia Zini appointed by the commissioning institution Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art Sarajevo.

The participation of the Pavilion of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose expert commission appointed Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art Sarajevo to manage the Pavilion of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Venice. The project is also supported by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, City of Sarajevo, Center for Contemporary Arts /, Klassik Stiftung Weimar / Bauhaus Museum, Foundation for Cinematography Sarajevo, Canton Sarajevo, BH Post, Kulturamt Düsseldorf, Asphalt Festival, Audio-Technica and Martin Audio.

The artist’s new film installation Zenica Trilogy was realised with protagonists from the cities of Zenica and Sarajevo. The project is the result of collaboration with photographer Egbert Trogemann, producer Amra Bakšic Camo, and composer Bojan Vuletic.

Zenica Trilogy will present three video works: Cistac/The Cleaner, Zgrada/The Building, and Scena/The Stage, as well as Zenica Mapa/The Portfolio – a print portfolio, reflecting on the contemporary post-transition reality in the Bosnian-Herzegovinian city of Zenica. Once one of the largest and most important industrial and modernist projects in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the urbanization and demographic developments of the so-called city of “mud and steel” were driven by the steelworks “Željezara”. The period after the Bosnian War (1992–95) left Zenica facing high rates of unemployment, extreme air pollution, as well as a general feeling of resignation among the population.

“In her approach to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion project Danica Dakic investigates the heritage of modernity, from Bauhaus to the utopian paradigms of international and Yugoslav socialist modernism. It exemplifies her search to reactivate utopian potentials by establishing a poetic relationship to the Bosnian post-war reality. Taking a cue from Walter Gropius’ Total Theatre (1926/27) and extending it to a space for social activation, the dividing lines between stage and audience, the real and the imagined city, are dissolved. In dialogue with the grand architecture of the listed Palazzo Francesco Molon Ca’ Bernardo exhibition venue Zenica Trilogy will generate complex new meanings”, the members of the curatorial team explain.

In her artistic practice, the Sarajevo-born artist Danica Dakic reflects on the poetics of human existence while collaborating with protagonists who often come from the invisible sections of societies. Using the media of photography, video, and installation, her work is based on performative and collaborative processes that explore concepts of cultural memory, language, and identity as well as their ongoing changes and utopian potentials. Taking architecture, a historical place, or images from (art) history as a starting point, together with the participants she creates stages on which individual images and narratives emerge that are far removed from political, social, and economic prerogatives.

“Zenica Trilogy addresses social and individual responsibility in the context of contemporary Bosnia and Herzegovina. In my mother tongue the word “Zenica” evokes the image of the pupil of the eye - a metaphor for something precious as well as a focal point. Together with the protagonists, I set out to investigate the possibilities and impossibilities of a transition between utopia and dystopia, between the past and the future”, says artist Danica Dakic about the new work.

Over the past twenty years Danica Dakic’s work has been exhibited at numerous international exhibitions. She first presented one of her most well-known works, El Dorado, at Documenta 12 in Kassel (2007). She has exhibited at the Istanbul Biennial (2003 and 2009), the Biennale of Sydney (2010), the Liverpool Biennial (2010), the Kyiv Biennale (2012), the Bienal de São Paulo (2014), and the Bienal de Cuenca (2016). Her solo exhibitions have been presented by major art institutions including Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2009), Generali Foundation, Vienna (2010), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2010), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011), MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (2013), Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (2017). Her works are held in the collections of the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Generali Foundation (Salzburg), the Museum of Contemporary Art MACBA (Barcelona), the New National Museum of Monaco NMNM, and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar amongst others. Danica Dakic is a professor at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She lives in Düsseldorf, Weimar, and Sarajevo.

The exhibition Zenica Trilogy will be accompanied by a catalogue with contributions by Ulrike Bestgen, Dunja Blaževic, Anja Bogojevic, Senka Ibrišimbegovic, Ana Janevski, Amila Puzic, and Claudia Zini.


Anja Bogojevic is an art historian and a curator living and working in Sarajevo. She teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. Her focus is on topics of socially engaged practice, public space and contemporary artistic and curatorial practices. Together with Amila Puzic, she runs the Association for Contemporary Curatorial and Art Practices “Mart”. Amila Puzic is an art historian and a curator living and working in Mostar and Gothenburg.

She is currently writing a PhD thesis titled “Art Practices and Strategies in Bosnian- Herzegovinian Art from 1992 to 1999” at the University of Zagreb. Together with Anja Bogojevic, she runs the Association for Contemporary Curatorial and Art Practices “Mart”. Claudia Zini is an art historian and a curator from Italy. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London with a thesis titled “Bosnia and Herzegovina: contemporary art from a post-conflict society”. She is also the founder and director of “Kuma International Center for Visual Arts from Post-Conflict Societies”. She lives and works in Sarajevo.


Commissioner: Senka Ibrišimbegovic
Project Manager: Izela Kešmer
Museum of Contemporary Art ARS AEVI Sarajevo
Ars Aevi = Art of the Epoch = Sarajevo

The idea for the Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary was conceived during the siege of Sarajevo, and the Museum today is the most ambitious cultural and developmental project in contemporary art in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has become a symbol of the empathy of artists, who stood in solidarity with Sarajevo, with the goal of creating a multicultural Centre/Museum of Contemporary Art. Since 1992, Ars Aevi has developed through collective determination and solidarity, and its mission is oriented towards networking and collaboration between regional and international artists, curators and museums of contemporary art.

The essence of the project is its unique Collection. In 1993, the concept and strategic goals of Ars Aevi were first presented at the 45th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Since 1994, artistic directors of museums, centres, and foundations have invited artists to become the founders of the Ars Aevi Collection, organising exhibitions on behalf of Ars Aevi. Exhibitions have taken place in Milan, Prato, Venice, Ljubljana, Vienna, Bolognano, Istanbul, and Podgorica. In 1999 architect Renzo Piano joined Ars Aevi and designed the building for the future Museum of Contemporary Art ARS AEVI as well as the bridge that leads to the museum, which was constructed in 2002.

More than 200 artists donated their works to the museum, among them: Maja Bajevic, Bizhan Bassiri, Daniel Buren, Danica Dakic, Dean Toumin Jokanovic, Joseph Kosuth, Jannis Kounellis, Panamarenko and Michelangelo Pistoletto. Given that a great deal of interest exists in this project, this utopian undertaking demands an incredible amount of effort, and Ars Aevi remains receptive to new partnerships for forming new collections. In 2017, the City of Sarajevo made Ars Aevi a public institution, refocusing efforts on constructing the building for the Museum of Contemporary Art ARS AEVI Sarajevo. Once the building is finished, the Museum will contribute significantly to the cultural and developmental capacities of the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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