Expert from Oikos was engaged in the preparation of the feasibility study for the Ars Aevi collection in Sarajevo.

The objective is to study possible future development of the Ars Aevi collection and to carry out an in depth analysis of required investment costs, corresponding operational costs and the most appropriate governance structure. The study analyses possible legal status and recommends concrete proposals for a contemporary art museum Ars Aevi in Sarajevo.

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Currently the Ars Aevi Collection is located in the south hall of the Youth House (Dom mladih), which was reconstructed in 2007 when a collection was moved here. The interior is decorated according to the project of architect Amir Vuk Zec elaborated in 2005, as a part of the project implemented by the UNESCO with the contribution of the Government of the Republic of Italy. The exhibition space is designed as a temporary storehouse with wall panels and flooring that can be removed and reconfigured, using compressed plywood as material. Visitors are able to see the exhibition as they move unnoticed through huge space of stored artwork. With a wooden box design the designer wanted to send the message that this is a temporary home for the Ars Aevi collection.

The Ars Aevi collection should be moved to new Museum of contemporary art located in Marijin dvor in Sarajevo as soon as the construction partners are agreed. The construction is based on a Ars Aevi Contemporary Art museum project design from 2005 designed by Mr. Renzo Piano. The feasibility study shows to the feasibility of the museum but the human resources in Ars Aevi need to be sthenghtened to be able to manage the collection, develop focused and efficent marketing and promotion of the collection, assure the collection development and growth and strenghten the financial and organizational capacity of the organziation before this is realocated to a new building.

A public consultation with UNESCO, Delegation of the European Union in Bosnia and Herczegovina, British Council, local and international workshop at Ars Aevi, SarajevoNGOs and artistis was held to discuss conclussions and recomendations form the Feasibility study before this was delivered ti the Client. Participants were happy to discuss possible coordination and joint activities of the Ars Aevi museum with IT business in the Sarajevo economic region. This will benefit both the collection and the IT business in develping new value and in opening of cooperation with markets.

The ARS AEVI – Feasibility Study project is financed from the Europen union and is implemented by IBF International Consulting in collaboration with ATC and ECFDC.