October Salon is a representative manifestation of accomplishments in the field of visual art in Serbia, found and funded by the City of Belgrade. Back in 1960, it started as an exhibition of the best works of fine arts, and went on to become, by 1967, an important review of current tendencies in applied arts, as well. With tradition of half a century, it represents a significant segment in study of contemporary Serbian art. It has become a reference point in Serbian culture, a representative muster of visual artists and a grand exhibition selected and curated by accomplished connoisseurs in the field. In its history, it changed conception and organisational patterns, but remained a formidable challenge to creative consciousness.
Conception of the Salon is decided upon by the Board, consisting of acknowledged connoisseurs in the field of visual arts (art historians, critics, and artists), appointed by the City of Belgrade. The Board appoints the Jury, who bestow three equal awards to best accomplishments. Starting from 2001, appointment of an art director is introduced, who proposes the concept of the Salon.
Until 2005, it was a representation of the art scene in Serbia. Aiming to establish a more profound dialog with the international art scene, the City of Belgrade and the Board have turned toward an international character of the future October Salon. This shift in concept and structure is immensely important for development of the oldest and most significant art manifestation in Belgrade. By virtue of it (the shift), the name of this city has been written down in the international calendar of art happenings, and home scene brought to life by enabling of conjoined exhibiting and direct comparison with international art flows and productions.
The former curators of international Salon were: Anda Rottenberg, Darka Radosavljević and Nebojša Vilić, René Block, Lorand Hegyi, Bojana Pejić, Branislava Anđelković, Johan Poussete and Celia Prado, Galit Eilat and Alenka Gregorič, Branislav Dimitrijević and Mika Hannula, Red Min(e)d, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Vanessa Joan Müller.
Members of the October Salon Board
Gordana Goncić, president, Božidar Plazinić, Đorđe Stanojević, Nikola Božović, Dejan Đorić
Cultural Center of Belgrade
Knez Mihailova 6/I
11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Founder and patron
City of Belgrade
Ministry of Culture and Information, Republic of Serbia