Along with the 4th cycle of the Project Biennial of Contemporary Art D-0 ARK Underground, the Museum Wurttembergischer Kunsteverein in cooperation with the Project Biennial in Stuttgart set up the exhibition “Tito’s bunker”, which includes the works of more than 20 artists and art groups, which are approaching the phenomenon of a former nuclear bunker in Konjic.
“It is incredible how much interest the world shows for Tito’s name, as well as the interest in thinking about the Cold War through modern art. I am impressed by this exhibition and engagement of the organizers to set up this kind of exhibition. I am very happy to meet artists from Europe and I hope that we will cooperate in future as well, “said Milomir Kovacevic Strasni, an artist from Sarajevo and participant of the exhibition in Stuttgart.
“Until this event, we presented the project in Venice, Florence, Istanbul, Vienna, Zagreb, Strasbourg, Split, Tirana, Milan… Presentations of this project represent an opportunity to attract world attention on the value of our collection, as well as on Konjic and our country,” said Sandra Miljevic-Hozic, coordinator of the D-0 ARK Underground.
Tito’s bunker was built by the order of the President of Yugoslavia and the supreme commander Josip Broz Tito as a secret nuclear bunker on the total area of 6,500 square meters, and it was used for the concept of the exhibition as a location and a metaphor. The construction of the bunker, which cost 4.6 billion USD, was successfully completed back in 1979, just a year before Tito’s death. The existence of the bunker in Konjic was top secret until the nineties.
At the exhibition in the Württembergischer Kunstverein are participating seven artists who presented themselves in Konjic: Jan Peter E. R. Sonntag (Berlin), Jan Peter Hammer (Berlin), Jorge Ribalta (Barcelona), Annalisa Cannito (Aqua Terra), Dan Perjovschi (Sibiu), Lia Perjovschi (Sibiu) and Milomir Kovacevic Strasni (Sarajevo / Paris).
Along with works of twenty invited artists, a number of historical and contemporary reference materials, including the cult film “Atomic Café” from 1982, can be found at the exhibition.
The exhibition in Stuttgart will be open for visitors until August 6.