The October Salon is a representative event featuring creations in the sphere of visual arts, founded under the auspices of the Assembly of the City of Belgrade.
It was established in 1960 as an exhibition of the best creations in the sphere of fine arts. In 1967 it became an important review of the current trends in applied arts, too. Owing to its tradition of four decades, the October Salon represents an important segment in the study of the modern Serbian art of the second half of the 20th century. The Salon has become a point of reference of Serbian culture, a representative review of creators in the broad sphere of visual arts and a great exhibition of authors whose selectors are prominent experts in this area. In the course of its history, the Salon has changed its concept and organisational forms, but it has remained a strong challenge to creative consciousness.
The Salon’s concept is decided upon by a Council made up of recognised experts in the sphere of visual arts (art historians, fine arts critics and artists), appointed by the Assembly of the City of Belgrade.
The Salon Council selects a Jury, which gives three equal awards for the best creations presented at the Salon.
Since 2001, the art director who submits a proposal for the Salon concept has been appointed.
Until 2005, the October Salon has been an event presenting solely the art scene of Serbia and Montenegro. Wishing to establish a fuller dialogue between the October Salon and the international art scene, the Assembly of the City of Belgrade and the Salon Council have decided that the future October Salons should be international in character. The change of the Salon’s concept and structure is very important for the development of the oldest and most important fine arts event in Belgrade. In this way, Belgrade becomes part of the international calendar of art events, while the domestic scene gets a stimulus through the possibility of joint exhibition and direct comparison with international trends and production.
Pilar Albarracin,Bruce Allan,Ursula Biemann, Johanna Billing, BLUE NOSES, Veronika Bromova, Illya Chichkan, Marko Crnobrnj, Goran Despotovski, Biljana Đurđević, Perica Donkov, Uroš Đurić, Samuel Fosso, Till Freiwald, Roland Fuhrmann, Mariela Gemisheva , Ilse Haider , Isaia Despina, Zdravko Joksimović , Dejan Kaluđerović ,Šejla Kamerić, Dino Karailo , Ana Knežević, ines Krašić, Miodrag Krkobabić , Branka Kuzmanović , Nikola Macura , Antoni Maznevski ,Olivier Millagou, Petar Mirković , Serbia and Montenegro, Melik Ohanian , Veljko Onjin , Olivera Parlić-Karajanković ,Nikola Pešić , Daniel Pflumm, Vojislav Radonjić , Aleksandar Rafajlović , Igor Rakčević, Claudia Rogge, Milica Ružičić , Talent Factory,Wolfgang Tillmans, Marina Tomić, Anica Vučetić , Hans Weigand, Erwin Wurm , Xperiment , Artur Zmijewski