International Atelier “Ismet Mujezinović” is unique because one of the most significant artists, cultural workers and painters of Bosnia and Herzegovina lived and worked there.His family members granted his house and his atelier to the City.
Atelier “Ismet Mujezinović” is a separate art workshop within the Gallery, which gathers artists from all over the world on the basis of an invitation of Art Council of the Gallery and on the principle of a public invitation through national art associations. Staying in the Atelier means a six-month stay and work of visual artists and organization of an independent exhibition of ones works created during his/her stay in Tuzla.
In the Atelier one organizes numerous visual arts workshops and there is an apartment where artists from the whole Europe are lodged 2 to 3 times a year. This is the place where one organizes concerts, exhibitions, promotions of books, and the garden of the Atelier in the downtown is a place adequate for organization of many other events.
Gallery “Ismet Mujezinović” was established on December 2, 1982 within the Gallery of Portraits and includes drawings, watercolor works, graphics and paintings created in the period between 1925 to the end of the 80s of the 20th century.
Ismet Mujezinović was born on December 2, 1907 in Tuzla, where he died on January 7, 1984. He finished the Royal Academy for Art and Applied Arts in Zagreb in 1929. In the period from 1931 to 1933 he was in France where he attended post-graduate studies at the Department of History of Art at the Sorbonne University. During his stay in France he visited museums and galleries and ateliers of French painters – Lhote, Otis and others. After coming back from France, he stayed in Zagreb Bijeljina and Tuzla. He resided in Sarajevo where art associations “The Four”, “Circle”, “Colegium Artisticum“ were formed and where he was engaged. During the National Liberation War he was a solider, a propaganda maker, a journalist, an artist and a director.
During the First AVNOJ conference he decorated the conference room. He illustrated the first Andrić’s works. He was one of the initiators of establishment of the State School of Painting in Sarajevo. He participated in painting of Tito’s portraits with a group of Yugoslavian artists in 1946/47 and in 1977. In 1953 he moved from Sarajevo to Tuzla where he worked on great compositions of figures from the National Liberation War. He had many independent and collective exhibitions in the country and in abroad. He was a regular member of the Academy of Science and Art of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a corresponding member of Yugoslavian Science and Art in Zagreb, a member of the Assembly of the Federation and the first Honorable Science Doctor of the University of Tuzla and one of the founders of the Gallery of Portraits in Tuzla.
Tito in works of visual artists
A permanent exhibition “Tito in works of visual artists “is a spontaneous initiative of an act of activity of the International Gallery of Portraits Tuzla, reanimation of creative enthusiasm of a neglected but significant theme of portrait art, the most remarkable and the richest contribution to humanistic living and the joy of creation.
Collection of contemporary portraits
It includes works created in the end of the 19th and during the 20th century. A dominant portion of works consists of those created in the end of the seventh decade. Those are mainly works which have been presented on great show exhibitions of South Slavic people starting from 1967. This collection includes drawings, graphics, watercolor technique, oil and sculptures of individual aesthetic validity, with respect to all generation, style and visual arts orientations.
Collection of sculptures
“Collection of Contemporary Portraits” includes a collection of sculptures. This collection contains works of Kosta Angeli Radovani, Ibrahim Bilajac, Stevan Bodnarov, Branko Ružić, Ivan Sabolić, Stipe Sikirica, Dragiša Trifković, Marijo Ujević, Vanja Raduš, Franjo Leder, Aleksandar Zarin, Zdenko Grgić, Vjekoslav Rukljača and others.
Adela Behr Vukić’s collection
A collection of drawings, graphics, watercolor technique and oil of Adela Behr Vukić, the first female painter in Tuzla and Bosnia and Herzegovina, is the most complete collection of this artist whose significant creative opus is a graphic opus with which she became a pioneer in forming artistic atmosphere in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the beginning of the 20th century.
James (Haim) Pinto’s collection
The legacy of Haim James Pinto was established in 1987 with a donation of the artist and his sisters Erna Englander and Nada Milland. The legacy includes 117 drawings, graphics, paintings and sculptures. This legacy significantly enriches the artistic fundus of the International Gallery of Portraits and widens dimensions of its professional interest.
This collection contains works of Ismet Mujezinović, Anastasov, Adela Behr Vukić, Nezir Čorbić, Mensur Dervišević, Kosta Hakman, Ljubo Lah, Omer Mujadžić, Ismar Mujezinović, Sigo Sumerecker, Ivo Šeremet, Nesim Tahirović and others.
International collection of portraits INTERBIFEP
The collection is a separate segment which problematizes the topic of portrait within the field of drawings and graphics. It was created in 1980. This collection includes works of artists from various cultural centers from Europe, Asia, Africa, America and former Yugoslavia.