The Project Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground will take place in Konjic, a small Bosnian town, in a Atomic shelter named ARK, which Yugoslav army built between 1953 and 1979. This shelter occupies a space of 6.500m2 and consists of 12 connected blocks. It resembles a complicated labyrinth, with residential areas, conference rooms, offices, strategic planning rooms, and other functional areas.
The construction and existence of this bunker was kept secret until the 1990s, when ARK was finally revealed. ARK was built as a military bunker by the former Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) to function as the Main Centre for Military Operations or Military Command and as the shelter for President Josip Broz Tito, his family and his closest associates in case of war.
Irfan Hošić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Facility D-0, Tito's Atomic War Command was built to accommodate and protect 350 people and enable the successful management and leadership of the armed forces in the event of nuclear war. (Former Yugoslav Defense Ministry)
Facility D-0, Tito's Atomic War Command will receive, host and enable artists to protect the nuclear shelter with their works. (Biennial Directorate)
Partner countries of the second edition of the Project Biennale are Republic of Turkey and Republic of Croatia.
The importance of the project is to preserve and protect cultural heritage and historic building what was Tito’s Atomic shelter, as well as creating the new artistic value in that venue. The transformation of the Atomic shelter into a prestigious cultural institution is the main purpose of the project.
For the first time ever the Council of Europe has awarded the CECEL label for 2011 to a country from our region. The CECEL (Council of Europe Cultural Event Label) label is given only to a few exceptional projects.
Project Biennial of Contemporary Art D-0 ARK Underground on highest level achieves regional cultural cooperation between Republic of Serbia, Montenegro, Republic of Turkey, Republic of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In the process of preparing this project, special attention the organizers directed to the mobilization of certain targeted groups. It is undeniable that the interest to visit a nuclear shelter exists within majority of ordinary people. Our goal is to awaken the interest in younger population for contemporary art. Curiosity, which exists when visitors come for the tour to the nuclear shelter, we want to take advantage of this facility by offering top quality works of contemporary art and thus be a part of the educational process.
For the project was crucial decision of the Ministry of Defense of B&H to comply with the request of the Directorate of the Biennial and let the set up of large exhibition in object D-0.
Project Biennal Director
Coordinator in chief:
Sandra Miljević Hozić
Biennal of Contemporary Art
Bosnia and Herzegovina
+387 62 390 237
Adel Abidin - Bagdad/Helsinki
Alban Muja - Pristina
Alfredo Pirri - Rome
Almin Zrno - Sarajevo
Apparatus 22 and Studio Basar - Bucharest
Armin Linke - Berlin/Milan
Autopsia - Prague/Novi Sad
Banu Cennetoglu and Yasemin Ozcan - Istanbul
Brian Dailey - Washington
Carl Michael von Hausswolff - Stockholm
Carlo Crovato - London/Berlin
Conor McGrady - Burren/New York
Cynthia Zaven - Beirut
Dalibor Martinis - Zagreb
Danica Dakić - Sarajevo/Düsseldorf
Daniel Garcia Andujar - Barcelona
Dario Solman - Split /New York
Edin Numankadić - Sarajevo
Edo Murtić - Zagreb
Emre Erkal - Ankara
Igor Bošnjak - Trebinje
Ibro Hasanović - Brussels/Sarajevo
Janos Sugar - Budapest
Kim Cascone - San Francisco
Laibach - Ljubljana
Luchezar Boyadjiev - Sofia
Miroslaw Balka - Warshaw
Nenad Malešević - Banja Luka/Belgrade
Nemanja Cvijanović - Rijeka
Renata Poljak - Zagreb/Split
Paul Devens - Maastricht
Saeri Kiritani - Kanazawa/New York
Simona Dumitriu - Bucharest
STEALTH.unlimited - Belgrade/Rotterdam
Yane Calovski - Skopje
Access to the D-0 facility by private transport is not allowed without prior approval of the Defense Ministry of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE BIENNIAL WILL BE HELD ON April 26 2013
Timetable for organized bus tours will be available at the Konjic Tourist Office:
Telephone number: +387 36 728 123.
Organized visits to the Biennial must be scheduled two days in advance.
Timetable for organized visits to the Biennial on Friday April 26 2013, Saturday, April 27 2013 and Sunday, April 28 2013:
- 12.30 h – First visit
- 14.30 h – Second visit
- 16.30 h – Third visit
Afterwards, visits to the Biennial will be organized on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 10.00, 12.00 and 14.00