Special edition illy coffee cups are pictured in the ARS AEVI museum of contemporary art in Sarajevo June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
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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.But 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.That helped persuade world-renowned artists such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys and Janis Kounelis to donate works for a collection estimated to be worth around 20 million euros ($27 million).With museums in Sarajevo barely surviving, Hadziomerspahic knows he is lucky.
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