In such a debate, we will talk of all cultural institutions, and not only of the seven cultural institutions in Sarajevo

Correspondence: Nada Puvačić, Manager of the Museum of Republika Srpska (Banja Luka, August 14 – 15, 2012)

The texts below represent our e-mail correspondence with Mrs. Nada Puvačić, Manager of the Museum of Republika  Srpska, whom we have asked, along with numerous experts and prominent individuals from both entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and around the world, to give us their views of the problems facing cultural institutions in BiH and to suggest possible solutions.

From: Muzej Republike Srpske ‪(The Museum of Republika Srpska)
Date: 2012/8/14
Subject: Odgovor – Debata o kulturi (Answer – A Debate on Culture)
To: Selma Gicevic

Dear Madam/Sir,

We are well aware of the causes of the crisis that the cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina are facing. We cannot discuss those causes without falling into many traps which continue to burden an honest, professional and civilized dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The seven cultural institutions of national importance in Bosnia and Herzegovina managed to obtain a controversial status, one which puts all other institutions in an inferior position, in every sense. Therefore, I think that such a debate requires a discussion amongst cultural workers in Bosnia and Herzegovina without the presence of foreigners, because only we know the causes of the crisis I mentioned in the first sentence. I do not wish to participate in such a debate unless the state Ministry of Civil Affairs determines the time and participants in this debate on the position of all cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the entities, and then, according to the predetermined criteria of the term “national importance” we proclaim and promote in Europe those “institutions of national importance”. Whether there will be seven or two of them, we do not know. I advocate that for the time being there be only two: the National Museum in Sarajevo and the Museum of Republic of Srpska in Banja Luka.

Best regards,

Nada Puvačić Manager of the Museum of Republika Srpska

—– Original Message —–
From: Selma Gicevic
To: Muzej Republike Srpske (The Museum of Republika Srpska)
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 6:48 PM
Subject: RE: Odgovor – Debata o kulturi (Answer – A Debate on Culture)

Dear Mrs. Puvacic,

I thank you for your very interesting comment, which puts forward important questions and I wish to ask your permission to place your remarks on our website, alongside the opinions of other critics which we have already begun receiving.

Best regards,

Cultureshutdown.net

From: Muzej Republike Srpske (The Museum of Republika Srpska)
Date: 2012/8/15 Subject: Re: Odgovor – Debata o kulturi (Answer – A Debate on Culture)
To: Selma Gicevic

Dear Madam,

As the Manager of the Museum of Republika Srpska, the central museum institution in Republicka Srpska (RS), I wish to participate in all debates organized by cultural workers in RS and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the course of such a debate, we should discuss all cultural institutions, and not only the seven cultural institutions located in Sarajevo. Both large and small institutions preserve the peoples’ cultural heritage. We do not make distinction between the Sarajevo institutions and other institutions, but we can differ in respect to the professionalism, responsibility and devotedness by which we safeguard our heritage. I believe that the vision of our cultural future should be determined by our own cultural workers, and not foreign guests who are not well acquainted with the causes that brought us into this situation. When those foreigners visit the Museum of Republika Srpska, I will not fear the prejudices they regularly express, dividing us for their own benefit. You are free to use these texts for the purposes of your website.

Best regards,

Nada Puvacic
Manager of the Museum of Republika  Srpska

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