On Wednesday, September 26, the inauguration of the monumental work “The Place of Multi-religious and Lay Meditation” by Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of the greatest living protagonists of the global contemporary art. On that occasion, a press conference was held at the Historical Museum with the participation of the Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and the ambassador of the Republic of Italy to BiH H.E. Nicola Minasi, the founder and director of ARS AEVI Enver Hadžiomerspahić and director of the Historical Museuem Elma Hašimbegović.

Maestro Pistoletto visited Sarajevo last year and announced his desire to present our city with one of his most important art works permanently. This gesture shows that he is a true friend of Sarajevo, the first artist to donate his works to the ARS AEVI Collection back in 1994, during wartime.

“The present city administration has done everything possible to launch the implementation of the ARS AEVI project which is of great importance for Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The City has founded the public institution Museum of Contemporary Art Ars Aevi. In doing do, they have shown institutional support for the project, and created the precondition for building the museum of contemporary art in our capital city”, said Skaka.

According to Ambassador Minasi, the arrival of maestro Pistoletto to Sarajevo for the fourth time is a sign of love and respect towards this city and country. “Pistoletto’s work which will be housed at the Historical Museum should be a place of dialogue, coming together and a symbol of respect for different cultures” stressed the Ambassador.

“Pistoletto’s work and his arrival to Sarajevo will attract great interest from the entire world, and that is particularly important because it shows our city as a city of culture and art” said the co-founder of ARS AEVI Hadžiomersaphić, using this opportunity to thank the City of Sarajevo and Mayor Skaka for the enthusiasm and a new approach towards the ARS AEVI project.

The Director of the Museum Hašimbegović said that the important cultural events such as this one place Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the art and cultural maps of the world.

Apart from the City of Sarajevo,the Embassy of Italy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the ARS AEVI and the Historical Museum, the inauguration of Pistoletto’s works was supported by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo Canton and UNESCO.