Sarajevo-born artist Dean Jokanovic Toumin, designer of a special edition illy coffee cup, holds up one of the cups, in the ARS AEVI museum of contemporary art in Sarajevo last week.
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It is hard finding a bright side to the museum scene in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, where the Olympic Museum burned down during a 1992-95 siege by Serbian forces and the main national museum closed in 2012 for lack of funds.Thanks to a grant from the Italian government and a plan by Italian coffeemaker illycaffe to sell designer coffee cups to support the project, there is hope for one man's vision of creating a modern art museum for a city still suffering the aftershocks of the ethnic conflict of the 1990s.Twenty-two years on, the collection of around 150 works is still homeless because of political bickering in the Balkan country, where rival ethnic elites cannot agree on any nation-wide cultural project.The epithet could very well apply to artists and cultural institutions in modern-day Sarajevo.With museums in Sarajevo barely surviving, Hadziomerspahic knows he is lucky.
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