is a home to the very active Art Gallery Novi
Hram, which is situated in the building of the old Sephardic synagogue, in Mula
Mustafe Baseskije Street 38, and operated by the Jewish cultural and educational
society and charity La Benevolencija.
the recent war in BiH, the Gallery had been operated by the Sarajevo Association
of Visual Artists, but as it had stopped working the Gallery has been operated
by La Benevolencija since 1997.
has been working actively for a decade already, organizing events that depict
our aspirations and desire to lead a life enriched with cultural events, related
to art in the first place, and endeavoring to play a significant role in and
contribute to, the cultural milieu of our town.
are quite enough galleries in our town which aim to present to the art enthusiasts
the already noted and established artists, painters and sculptors, the chairmanship
of La Benevolencija has decided to offer some free exhibition space in Novi
Hram Gallery to young, emerging artists, who otherwise don’t have an opportunity
due to whatsoever reasons to present their work in far larger and far more expensive
most important Jewish holidays the exhibition space of the gallery is used by
the Jewish Community Sarajevo and La Benevolencija, who organize thematic exhibitions
relating to the life of the Jews in Bosnia and Herzegovina, that is, Sarajevo.
One of those
exhibitions have presented to the audience in Sarajevo documents on creation
and journey of Sarajevo Hagaddah, the master piece of Sephardic Jewish culture
in this part of the world.
On the occasion
of the 100th Anniversary of the existence of the Ashkenazic synagogue in Sarajevo,
we hosted an exhibition of documents, plans and photographs depicting the synagogue’s
history, including the architectural project, register books, memos, statutes
from the Austro-Hungarian rule, prayer books, photo albums and photos of prominent
Ashkenazic rabbis, chairman of the Ashkenazic Jewish community, as well as other
people who have in different ways left their mark on the history of the synagogue.
we had held a very successful exhibition where art enthusiasts were able to
see a large and varied selection of visual art and sculpture by Jewish artists
from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Each year, the Gallery hosts commemorative exhibitions
on the occasion of the European Day of Jewish Culture.
were completed with a successful exhibition on life of Jews in Vienna in earlier
times and partly today. Ambitiously named Jewish Vienna, this exhibition was
one of the most visited in Novi Hram Gallery, which indicates our visitors’
curiosity, who are eager and willing to learn about different customs and way
has been actively working together with other national cultural associations,
a few embassies in our country as well as a certain number of galleries outside
our town and country, and organizing joint exhibitions or offering its exhibition
space for presentation of work of other associations or artists from other countries.
It is important
to note that during the twenty years of the post-war period the gallery hosted
400 diverse exhibitions that were visited by more than 70,000 people, thus justifying
its existence as well as its goal to enable young, emerging artists to get their
work before a broader audience.
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