Mersad Berber (1940-2012), is one of the greatest and the most significant representatives of Bosnian-Herzegovinian and Yugoslav art in the second half of the 20th century. His vast body of expressive and unique works triggered the local art scene’s recognition into Europe as well as the international stage. Berber belongs to an exceptionally dynamic period of contemporary cultural history of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He led a generation opening up the local scene internationally; at the same time, he was one of the few artists whose works were exhibited in the most prestigious museums and galleries of the world.
The central metaphor of most of Berber’s cycles is the motif of horse as one of the pivotal animals in the symbolic bestiary of different peoples and cultures. Yet, it was not, in Berber’s words, a grand horse, but the working packhorse of the mountains of Bosnia so deeply linked to all paths of life: hard labour and weddings, funerals and wars. The horse in whose expressive power, pain and imperfect beauty one may read the biography of his people.
“Mersad Berber: An Allegory of Bosnia” exhibition can be visited until May 7th!