Belgrade City Museum in 40b Resavska Street
Opening: 2014/09/19 19:00
Meggy Rustamova, Federico Acal
Nicolaus Schafhausen (1965, Düsseldorf, Germany) is working as director of the Kunsthalle Wien.
He studied art history at the Technische Universität Berlin and at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Before starting his career as a curator, Nicolaus Schafhausen worked as an artist. In 1991, during a scholarship at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, he founded the gallery Lukas & Hoffmann together with the artist Markus Schneider. The gallery later moved to Cologne.
Vanessa Joan Müller is Head of Dramaturgy at Kunsthalle Wien. She studied art history and film studies at the Ruhr Universität Bochum and received her doctorate in art history in 1999. From 2000 to 2006 she was curator at the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt am Main, from 2006 to 2007 research curator of the project “European Kunsthalle” in Cologne, which examined the perspectives of institutions of contemorary art in theory and practice. From 2007 to 2011 she was director of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf, 2011/2012 lecturer at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in the department “Exhibition Design and Curatorial Practice”.
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.