24 February 2017
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.
The Hitched-up Horse, 1978, Mixed media on paper, 164 x 196 cm.
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.
The Ottoman Bosnia, 2002, Oil on canvas, 80 x 130 cm.
Mersad Berber: An Allegory of Bosnia exhibition took place at Pera Museum between 16 February - 07 May 2017.
In a bid to review the International System of Units (SI), the International Bureau of Weights and Measures gathered at the 26th General Conference on Weights and Measures on November 16, 2018. Sixty member states have voted for changing four out of seven basic units of measurement. The kilogram is among the modified. Before describing the key points, let us have a closer look into the kilogram and its history.
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