Art Collection

About the Collection

The Art Collection has more than 2300 works of art assembled through commission, purchase, and donation from artists, their families and owners of works of art. It consists mostly of works inspired by social themes, World War II and the defence of the country from fascism and depicts historical events, personalities, and places. The artwork in the collection, dated  from 1923 to today, are made using different techniques. 

The collection represents 110 renowned artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina/Yugoslavia: Vojo Dimitrijević, Ismet Mujezinović, Branko Šotra, Daniel Ozmo, Rizah Štetić, Jovan Bijelić, Roman Petrović, Peter Tiješić, Mica Todorović, Vilko Šeferov, Mario Mikulić, Mersad Berber and many others, as well as artists from other countries: Velibor Mačukatin, Božidar Jakac, Đorđe Andrejević-Kun, Ljubo Ravnikar, Stanislav Beložanski, Marijan Detoni, Krsto Hegedušić, Tode Ivanovski, Walter Kraus, Stane Kumar. There are also works by our prominent cartoonists: Hasan Fazlić, Adi Mulabegović and Pier Križanić. Besides works on paper and canvas, the collection also includes sculptures made in bronze, marble, plaster, and clay by Antun Augustinčić, Ljupko Antunović, Berta Baruh, Ibrahim Bilajac, Slavko Bril, Nandor Glid, Luka Ilić, Arfan Hozić, and Alija Kučukalić, as well as tapestries by Vojo Dimitrijević and Jagoda Buić.

Some objects from the collection decorate the interior of the Museum: The mosaic “Bosna” by the artist Mladen Srbinović, the relief in bronze “Uprising” by Valerije Michieli, the art installation “Uprising” by Nandor Glid, the stained glass panel “Death to Fascism Freedom to People” and the tapestry entitled “Brotherhood and Unity” by Vojo Dimitrijević, sculptures “Marshall Tito” and “Carrying the Wounded” by Antun Augustinčić.


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What is the Museum most proud of?

n 2019, through the “The Living Museum” project, a large part of the Art Collection was transferred to the central exhibition space with the aim of encouraging contemporary artists and curators to read the collection again and offer new solutions for presenting and preserving the legacy of socialism. With this project, the museum presented works of art from the collection to the general public and achieved a series of successful collaborations and networking on an individual and institutional level. 

Especially significant works of art in the collection were created in the Jasenovac concentration camp during World War II: Slavko Bril (3 sculptures), Daniel Ozmo (32 drawings and watercolours) and Kraus Walter (5 drawings). All three of them were killed in the concentration camp Jasenovac.


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