Museum of Literature and Theatre Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Muzej književnosti i pozorišne umjetnosti BiH

Museum of Literature and Performing Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina was established in 1961 as the Museum of Literature, and sixteen years later as the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Preparations for the establishment of the Museum were alive since 1955 when the future director (then curator of literary collections in the Museum of Sarajevo) writer Razija Handžić, gave the idea of his profile.

Literary and theater material preserved in the Museum collection is distributed into collections of some important writers and theater employees (actors, opera and Ballet principals, directors, set, costume), and as well the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Theater houses. The collections are being entrusted to curators, museum curators, senior advisors, who systematically, explore and prepare documentary materials for professionals and scientific study, use, public presentations, and other themed exhibitions.

They are still treated by the same museological principles: collecting literature and theater materials (manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, personal documents, pamphlets, magazines, books and articles that were owned by the writers, their heirs or other collectors, Theater stage and individual photographs, programs, posters, production and costume sketches, paintings, portraits and smiliar materials).

The museum is housed in an old house under the protection of the state, which belong to the Sarajevo family Despić. For all the time of existance, the building is being adopted to Museum needs, in 1992 the ground floor has been rebuilt to Gallery “Mak” – an exhibition space that significantly enhanced the museum activites, and provide richer publications.

Publishing included: three books of documentary materials (about Peter Kočić, Svetozar Čorović, Ivan Franjo Jukić), and the magazine “Baština”.

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