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The 57th October Salon to Bring Star Artists to Belgrade

  • 57th October Salon
September 11, 2018
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The 57th October Salon in Belgrade is scheduled to take place in September and October 2018, and, judging by the names of participating artists and the amount of preparation put into it, this event already promises to be one of the Balkan’s definite highlights.

This year’s Salon will be titled The Marvellous Cacophony and it will be based on the idea of chaotic yet functional diversity. It will place the Belgrade art scene into an international context, whilst simultaneously referring to the complex cultural and socio-political situation of the Ex-Yugoslavia region.

Planned to take place at numerous venues around the Serbian capital, the 57th October Salon will be curated by Danielle Kvaran and Gunnar B. Kvaran.

Gunnar B. Kvaran
Gunnar B. Kvaran, via

The Driving Force Behind This Year’s October Salon

The main concept of The Marvellous Cacophony will be based on a fact the Western understanding of contemporary art became universal and that, although many artists emerged since the turn of the millennium, we’re still awaiting for someone to make a truly revolutionary step forward. Yet, the 57th October Salon will not necessarily insist that this is a bad thing – The Marvellous Cacophony will also be celebrating the variety of styles, notions and techniques contemporary artists possess.

Above all, The Marvellous Cacophony will do its best to create meaningful narratives about art and culture, social issues and politics. It will explore the worldwide artistic production, looking into diverse art scenes and different generations of living artists creating work at this very time.

The upcoming exhibition had a long and drawn out process during which the curators carefully selected artists fitting to participate at the event. As a result of such a selection and the special accent placed on creative diversity, The Marvellous Cacophony will be an opportunity to see artworks extremely varied in type, form, structure, material, technique, device and content.

Danielle Kvaran
Danielle Kvaran, via

Chaotic, Yet Astoundingly Functional

The 57th October Salon will be curated by Danielle Kvaran and Gunnar B. Kvaran. The two will have the challenging assignment of exploring the contemporary artistic production of an extremely wide range, taking into account different scenes and generations. This is why the event carries the title it does – cacophony means a harsh discordant mixture of sounds, and the 57th October Salon will definitely resemble a functional version of such a description.

Despite some apparent critiques of the contemporary world of art, The Marvellous Cacophony will primarily be a celebration of the artistic diversity we enjoy today. The event will be an opportunity for the visitors to see some of the globe’s finest artworks, as well as a chance for some artists with totally opposite and even conflicting ideas to present works side by side.

Some of the most famous names that will participate are Yoko Ono, Olafur Eliasson, Cindy Sherman, Larry Bell, Anselm Kiefer, Takashi Murakami, and Hito Steyerl.

List of Artists Participating at the 57th October Salon in Belgrade

Artist, Birth year, City of Birth, Current Location
1. Mathis Altmann, 1987, Munich. Lives in Zurich
2. Korakrit Arunanondchai, 1986, Bangkok. Lives in Bangkok and New York.
3. Darja Bajagić, 1990, Podgorica, Montenegro (Titograd, YU). Lives in New York.
4. Ivana Bašić, 1986, Belgrade, Serbia. Lives in New York.
5. Larry Bell, 1939, Chicago, USA. Lives in Taos and Los Angeles.
6. Hemali Bhuta, 1978, Mumbai, India. Lives in Mumbai.
7. Dineo Seshee Bopape, 1981, Polokwane, South Africa. Lives in Johannesburg.
8. Marija Ćalić, 1964, Serbia. Lives in Belgrade.
9. Ian Cheng, 1984, Los Angeles, USA. Lives in New York.
10. Jasmina Cibic, 1979, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Lives in London.
11. Vuk Ćuk, 1987, Belgrade, Serbia. Lives in Belgrade.
12. Lidija Delić,1986, Nikšić, Montenegro. Lives in Belgrade.
13. John Divola, 1949, Los Angeles, USA. Lives in Los Angeles.
14. Maja Đorđević, 1990, Belgrade, Serbia. Lives in Belgrade.
15. Aleksandra Domanović, 1981, Novi Sad, Serbia. Lives in Berlin.
16. Olafur Eliasson, 1967, Copenhagen, Danmark. Lives in Berlin and Copenhagen.
17. Erró, 1932, Ólafsvík, Iceland. Lives in Paris.
18. Cao Fei, 1978, Guangzhou, China. Lives in Beijing.
19. Vadim Fiškin, 1965, Penza, URSS. Lives in in Ljubljana.
20. Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, 1953, Reykjavik, Iceland. Lives in Reykjavik.
21. Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, 1971, Reykjavík, Iceland. Lives in Reykjavík.
22. Fernanda Gomes, 1960, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, lives in Rio de Janeiro.
23. Ivan Grubanov, 1976, Belgrade, YU. Lives in Belgrade.
24. Marie-Ange Guilleminot, 1960, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. Lives in Paris.
25. Romuald Hazoumè, 1962, Porto-Novo, Bénin. Lives in Porto-Novo.
26. Elika Hedayat, 1979, Tehran. Lives in Tehran and Paris.
27. Yu Honglei, 1984, Inner Mongolia. Lives in Beijing.
28. Marguerite Humeau, 1986 in Cholet, France, lives in London.
29. Fabrice Hyber, 1961, Luçon, France. Lives in Paris.
30. Nina Ivanović, 1986, Belgrade, Serbia. Lives in Serbia.
31. Cui Jie, 1983, Shanghai, China. Lives in Beijing.
32. Marta Jovanović, 1978, Belgrade, Serbia. Lives in Serbia
33. Anselm Kiefer, 1945, Donaueschingen, Germany. Lives in Paris.
34. Tijana Kojić, 1987, Belgrade, Serbia. Lives in Belgrade.
35. Eva Kotatkova, 1982, Prague, Czech Republic. Lives in Prague.
36. Olya Kroytor, 1986, Moscow, Russia. Lives in Moscow.
37. Jean-Jacques Lebel, 1936, Paris. Lives in Paris.
38. Ann Lislegaard, 1962, Horten, Norway. Lives in Copenhagen.
39. Tobias Madison, 1985 in Basel, Switzerland. Lives in Zurich.
40. David Maljković, 1973, Rijeka, Croatia. Lives in Zagreb.
41. Bjarne Melgaard, 1967, Sydney, Australia. Lives in Oslo.
42. Jelena Mijić, 1989, Novi Sad, Serbia. Lives in Belgrade and New York.
43. Radenko Milak, 1980, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lives in Banja Luka.
44. Branko Milisković, 1982, Belgrade, Serbia. Lives in Belgrade
45. Takashi Murakami, 1962, Tokyo. Lives in Tokyo.
46. Kazumi Nakamura, 1956, Chiba, Japan. Lives in Tokyo.
47. Nemanja Nikolić, 1987, Valjevo, YU. Lives in Belgrade.
48. Yoko Ono, 1933, Tokyo, Japan. Lives in New York.
49. Dušan Otašević,1940, Belgrade, YU. Lives in Belgrade.
50. Đorđe Ozbolt, 1967, Belgrade, YU. Lives in London.
51. Athena Papadopoulos, 1988, Toronto, Canada. Lives in London.
52. Paulo Nimer Pjota, 1988, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil. Lives in Sao Paulo.
53. Agnieszka Polska, 1985, Lublin, Poland. Lives in Berlin.
54. Magali Reus, 1981, The Hague, Netherlands. Lives in London.
55. Pamela Rosenkranz, 1979, Uri, Switzerland. Lives and works in Zurich.
56. Claude Rutault, 1941, Trois-Moutiers, France. Lives in Paris.
57. Torbjørn Rødland, 1970, Stavanger, Norge. Lives in Los Angeles.
58. Tom Sachs, 1966, New York, USA. Lives in New York.
59. Cindy Sherman, 1954, New York, USA. Lives in New York.
60. Chiharu Shiota, 1972, Osaka, Japan. Lives in Berlin.
61. Sumakshi Singh, 1980, New Delhi, India. Lives in Chicago.
62. Hito Steyerl, 1966, Germany. Lives in Berlin.
63. Veličković Vladimir, 1935, Belgrade, YU. Lives in Belgrade and Paris.
64. Hannah Weinberger, 1988, Filderstadt, Germany. Lives in Basel and Zurich.
65. Anicka Yi, 1971, Seoul, South Korea. Lives in New York.
66. Katarina Zdjelar, 1979, Belgrade, lives in Rotterdam.
67. Urban Zellweger, 1991, Zurich, Switzerland. Lives in Zurich.
68. Xu Zhen, 1977, Shanghai, China. Lives in Shanghai.

The Marvellous Cacophony, The 57th October Salon in Belgrade

The 57th October Salon, with its theme The Marvellous Cacophony, will take place between the 14th of September and the 28th of October 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The main part of the event is scheduled to unfold at the Belgrade City Museum, but the extensions of the Salon will be open to the public at the Cultural Centre of Belgrade, the Serbian Academy of Art and Science, the Remont Gallery and U10 Gallery.

The 57th October Salon Belgrade

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