press release

"Art That Works/Catch Me!" is a selection of art works striving to review the current art production and to redefine the auratic quality of a work of art in the context of the contemporary society. The hyperproduction and the availability of contemporary media impose the need for a revaluation and the establishment of new criteria conditioned by the development of society, language, meaning. This selection strives to identify those works that have managed to distinguish themselves within this framework – to point out new ways of thinking in the already familiar media.

Viewed from this perspective, the project presents artwork that reaches the observer through its simplicity and is based on a pure and clear idea and articulates itself precisely within the medium. The selection focuses on works that do not presuppose additional explanation, works whose perception creates the basis for the process of both reading and understanding. In doing this, art works should not “work” by means of cheap and seductive tricks and conceits; they should stress that art can still “work” – that it can speak about reality without vulgarising, simplifying or banalising the reality itself.

The October Art Salon is a representative event featuring current art production in the sphere of visual arts in Serbia and Montenegro. It was established in 1960, under the auspices of the City Assembly of Belgrade, as an exhibition of the best art works 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 Art Salon represents an important segment in the study of the contemporary art in Serbia and Montenegro, a great exhibition 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.

Founder and patron The City Assembly of Belgrade

Organizer Belgrade Cultural Centre Knez Mihailova 6/1, 11000 Belgrade


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46th October Salon 2005
"Art that Works / Catch Me!"
Direktor und Kurator: Darka Radosavljevic
Kurator: Nebojsa Vilic

KünstlerInnen: Pilar Albarracin, Bruce Allan, Ursula Biemann, Johanna Billing, The Blue Noses Group, Veronika Bromova, Illya Chichkan, Marko Crnobrnja, Goran Despotovski, Biljana Djurdjevic, Perica Donkov, Uros Djuric, Samuel Fosso, Till Freiwald, Roland Fuhrmann, Mariela Gemisheva, Ilse Haider, Isaia Despina, Zdravko Joksimovic, Dejan Kaludjerovic, Sejla Kameric, Dino Karailo, Ana Knezevic, Ines Krasic, Miodrag Krkobabic, Branka Kuzmanovic, Nikola Macura, Antoni Maznevski, Olivier Millagou, Petar Mirkovic, Melik Ohanian, Veljko Onjin, Olivera Parlic-Karajankovic, Nikola Pesic, Daniel Pflumm, Vojo Radonjic, Aleksandar Rafajlovic, Igor Rakcevic, Claudia Rogge, Milica Ruzicic, Talent Factory, Wolfgang Tillmans, Marina Tomic, Anica Vucetic, Hans Weigand, Erwin Wurm, Xperiment , Artur Zmijewski

Veranstaltungsorte: Legacy House, Belgrade Cultural Center, ULUS Gallery