As part of the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Bosnia and Herzegovina you can currently visit an art exhibition in the unique setting of an atomic bomb shelter inside a mountain. The D-0 ARK Underground project originally opened for 3 months during the previous Biennale in 2011, and this 2nd edition adds the work of 30 artists from 19 countries to the original collection of 40 pieces.
Construction of the 6,500-square-metre anti-nuclear bunker, known as Military Installation D-0, began near the town of Konjic in 1953 and lasted almost 3 decades. This ongoing military facility was originally intended to protect the headquarters of the Yugoslav Army and the country’s Cold War leader, Tito, as well as 350 men and women, selected to be saved in the event of a nuclear war. Its existence remained a secret until after Communist rule ended in the 1990s.
This year’s exhibition is set to close on 26 September, but plans are afoot to turn D-0 ARK Underground into a permanent exhibition space.
You can read a thorough report in All Art News here. But if you plan to visit, book ahead as access to the bunker is restricted.