The “BUNK’ART” project started in November 2014, with the opening to the public of BUNK’ART 1, a museum video exhibition set up inside the atomic bunker of the dictator Enver Hoxha on the outskirts of Tirana, and continued with the opening on November 19, 2016 of BUNK ART 2 in the center of the capital. While BUNK’ART 1 is dedicated to the history of the communist Albanian army and the daily life of Albanians during the years of the regime, BUNK’ART 2 reconstructs the history of the Ministry of the Interior in Albania from 1912 to 1991 and reveals the secrets of the Sigurimi, the political police which was a harsh weapon of persecution used by Enver Hoxha’s regime. The creator and general curator of the BUNK’ART project is Italian journalist Carlo Bollino, while the historical research staff is led by journalist Admirina Peçi. The BUNK’ART project is supported by the Albanian NGO “Qendra Ura”.
After the inauguration, in June 1978 by the dictator Enver Hoxha, opened to the public the anti-nuclear bunker built by the communist government. A 5 floor palace underground, with 106 rooms and an assembly hall, now turned into an historical and art center called “BUNK’ART”. The passageways, the areas provided for the meetings of the General Staff of the Army in case of war, the rooms where was thought would sleep the communist ex-dictator Enver Hoxha and the former Prime Minister Mehmet Shehu in case of a nuclear attack, the gigantic hall dedicated to the meetings of the political Bureau which contains also an Albanian typical Buffe are transformed into a video museum exhibition and into art. Starting from April 2016, BUNK’ART is now made permanent, turning into a unique attraction site for tourists in the region, showing the Albanian life during the 45 years of communism.