A group of intellectuals formed a forum titled ‘Ars Aevi’ in 1992 as a cultural resistance movement to the Bosnian war, and invited world renowned artists to donate their works as a sign of solidarity with besieged Sarajevo.
The name of the forum ‘Ars Aevi’ is an incomplete anagram of ‘Sarajevo’ and means art of the epochs.
The initiative was supported by the City of Sarajevo and the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the project developed into a unique example of international cooperation between art and cultural institutes, cities and regional authorities, as well as artists and intellectuals from around the globe.
The main goal of Ars Aevi is to create an international multicultural center and museum of contemporary art in Sarajevo, which would serve as the center of international dialogue, cultural encounters and exchange.
In 1999, famous Italian architect Renzo Piano joined the Ars Aevi project as the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and as the author of Ars Aevi Museum architectural designs.
In 2002, Piano designed and constructed the Ars Aevi Bridge as the first completed element of the Ars Aevi Museum. Museum’s building is expected to be constructed in the upcoming years at the Vilsonovo Setaliste promenade in Sarajevo.
Ars Aevi Museum currently holds a collection of 1,600 pieces, including approximately 130 works by renowned world artists such as Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jannis Kounellis, Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovic and Joseph Kosuth.
A part of the collection is exhibited in the depot of the Ars Aevi Museum in the Youth House Skenderija, which is open Monday through Friday from 1000 to 1800 hrs.