Photo above: Kuršumli madrasa in Sarajevo / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine
The Islamic Community in BiH and the Gazi Husrev-beg Waqf are proud to announce that the new Gazi Husrev-beg Museum will be located in the Kuršumli madrasa, built in 16th century in Sarajevo by Gazi Husrev-beg. The opening of the Museum is expected in 2015.
The guests on the press conference were addressed by Mustafa Vatrenjak, muteveli of the Gazi Husrev-Beg Waqf and the expert team working on this project: prof. dr. Aida Abadžić-Hodžić, Kenan Šurković, Haris Dervišević and Elvira Bojadžić.
From the press conference / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine
The Museum will be dedicated to Gazi Husrev-Beg, his endowments, and will be a home to Islamic art collection that includes manuscripts, calligraphic works by Bosnian calligraphers, carpets, as well as Islamic artworks that were a gift by Ottoman Sultan Abdul Aziz.
Old carpets from the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque on exhibit at the Gazi Husrev-beg Library in Sarajevo / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine
Persian carpet from the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque in Sarajevo, 1935, 540x350 cm / Courtesy of Gazi Husrev-beg Waqf
Hand made carpet from the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque in Sarajevo, North-eastern Iran, probably from Kashmar in Khorasan, 1945-55, 780x490 cm. The carpet was a gift from Iranian Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi / Courtesy of Gazi Husrev-beg Waqf
At the press conference it was also announced that current carpets in the Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque will be replaced by a new carpet, designed by Bosnian architect Husejn Dropić and will be made in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Some of the old Persian and Bosnian carpets will be placed in the Gazi Husrev-Beg Museum. The concept of the new carpet has been introduced by prof. dr. Ibrahim Krzović, prof. dr. Aida Abadžić Hodžić, Parviz Mohammadi and Husejn Dropić. The moderator of the press conference was dr. Zehra Alispahić.
The proposal of the new carpet, designed by Bosnian architect Husejn Dropić / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine
Gazi Husrev-Beg is one of the most important figures in Bosnian history. He was born in Serres, at the end of the 15th century, which s today's Greece. His father was Bosniak Ferhad-Beg and his mother was Ottoman princess Seljuk, a daughter of Sultan Bayezid II. Gazi Husrev-Beg was the Ottoman governor of Bosnia for twenty years. His largest cultural legacy is in Sarajevo, where he, among many other endowments, built the famous Gazi Hurev-Beg Mosque in 1530.