Tito’s Bunker – well preserved secret
For many years Tito’s bunker in Konjic was a well kept secret. The bunker was built with the intention that, in the case of nuclear war, center of military operations could function properly and provide shelter for Ex Yugoslavia president Tito, his family, and closest associates. This building, which resembles a maze, with more than a hundred rooms and fully preserved inventory, was designed to provide uninterrupted life for 350 people for six months. Until the 90′s it’s existence and the construction, in which was invested 4.6 billion U.S. dollars, was top-secret. The bunker was built in secrecy in the period from 1953 until 1979, under the code name D0 ARK.
In May of 2011 Tito’s bunker was an opening place of first cycle of Biennial of contemporary art “D-0 ARK Underground”. This project was started so it could create a hybrid museum, a joining between a military museum and contemporary art museum, and it was inspired by the atomic shelter where it’s placed at. Considering that this exhibition is being held in the atomic shelter, that was built in the top secrecy and that doesn’t fulfill its original purpose, the exhibition itself is a great way of preserving Tito’s bunker, an amazing place, a mass concrete construction that lies on the surface of 6,500 square meters and 300 meters below the ground. Every exhibition that is exposed in the bunker is a unique guarantee for the visitors that the bunker will stay open for visits.
Tito’s bunker is a perfectly preserved, with the top-end technology of the period when it was built, and it presents a prepared museum that shows a unique insight into the ex country and military force of it. Two biennial were held until now, where the second one started in 2013. These unique exhibitions gave a great opportunity to many artists to expose their works, and an opportunity to many visitors to see that art. Atomic shelter, that was hidden for years, attracts lots of attention and is very interesting to the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and up ’til now it was visited by lots of students that saw the exhibitions that are held in the bunker.
This regional cultural project is realized by the patronage of Presidency of B&H, with the support of UNESCO and the Council of Europe.
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