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The International Portrait Gallery in Tuzla was established in 1964. The greatest contribution to its foundation was given by one of the most significant Bosnian and Herzegovinian visual artists Ismet Mujezinović while the great role in the realization of Mujezinović’s idea was played by Mevludin Ekmečić. The Interantional Portrait Gallery in Tuzla has more than 5,000 works of art in its collection and this number is increasing by time. The greatest number of works of art was obteined thorugh donations by individuals and institutions (phaysical and legal entities) and within realization of a visual arts manifestation INTERBIFEP (the International Biennial Festival of Portrait)

The International Portrait Gallery contains a great number of works of art which are divided into several art collections:

The International Portrait Gallery contains a great number of works of art which are divided into several art collections:

  • Contemporary portrait collection
  • Ismet Mujezinović’s collection 
  • James (Haim) Pinto legacy collection 
  • General collection 
  •  Adela Behr Vukić’s collection 
  • Tito in visual works of art 
  • International portrait collection 
  • Vladimir Pintarić’s collection

Two of the above mentioned collections, Tito in visual works of art and Ismet Mujezinović’s collection, were declared as national monuments (movable public good) of Bosnia and Herzegovina by a decision of the Committee for Preservation of National monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the beginning of 2013. In this way these two collections with over 2000 works of art are put under special protection  and treatment, which confirms the importance of the fundus of the International Portrait Gallery for preservation of national and cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

The Gallery also has over 3000 library items (monographies, studies, articles, catalogues, etc.) in a specialized library in the Gallery. There is also a great number of documents (manuscripts, photo documents, documents from artists’ legacies), which are always available for professionals who undertake researches about cultural history and visual arts heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Besides activities related to preparation and realization of art exhibitions, performances, visual arts workshops, promotions, presentations, concerts, round tables and scientific conferences, the Gallery realized several important publishing projects in coordination with the governmental and nongovernmental sector and international partners. A total number of realized projects from the middle of 2010 to the end of 2016 was 530. This is an impressive number, bearing in mind the number of personnel of the Gallery. In order to protect the collections in the Gallery, one performed a sanation of a depot as the most significant space for permanent placement of works of art and other Museum and Gallery items. Material and technical equipment of the Gallery building is increased which enabled the best possible protection of deposited and exhibited works of art.

Premises of the Gallery are its main building and the International Atelier named after Ismet Mujezinović, one of the most significant visual artists and cultural workers from the 20th century Bosnia and Herzegovina. The International Atelier Ismet Mujezinović hosted many established and non-established local and international artists of various professional orientations.