The exhibition and research work titled The Decade Collection in the MUSEUM of SMEDEREVO

06.04.2021-25.05.2021, 17:00

škart + NEpraktične žeNE (Brigita Međo), 2012, The October Salon Collection


Gallery of Contemporary Art in Smederevo

Omladinska no 4, Smederevo
6.4 – 23.5.2021.

The pain of existence makes the soul burst at the seams, in an uncertain world, of safety it dreams (Brigita Međo)

Artists: Biljana Đurđević, Nina Ivanović, Siniša Ilić, Žolt Kovač, Neda Kovinić, Karsten Konrad, Milorad Mladenović, Dragoljub Raša Todosijević, Milica Tomić, Škart + NEpraktične žeNE (Brigita Međo)

The exhibition and research work titled The Decade Collection is based on works from the October Salon Collection, and this time they are realized in cooperation with the Gallery of Contemporary Art and Museum in Smederevo. Spatially and thematically, the exhibition is conceived around the issue of the manner and conditions in which we observe and follow visual art, but also the possibility of it being exhibited in an ongoing pandemic, in the difficult work conditions that we are continuing to face. The works presented in this exhibition might suggest the relations and imagination that come into being between exteriors and interiors, institutions, private and public spaces, work and leisure. In reaction to the architecture of the museum itself, the lapidarium and spaces outside the gallery proper, which are not usually used for exhibiting, are included into active exhibition space. Through such an action, by introducing a wider spatial frame into the layout, we enable multiple perspectives for observation and examine the notion of distance, which in this case may be the position from which the artworks are viewed in a different manner and from various angles, and the spatial dramaturgy of the exhibition, gallery, but also the museum itself.

Authors of the exhibition: Zorana Đaković Minniti and Siniša Ilić

The Decades’ Collection is thought to make the October Salon Collection more mobile and accessible to the public, structuring activities so that the selection of art works and exhibition formats are sensitive to context, communicate with space, exhibition conditions and the institutions with which the cooperation is done.

The Decades’ Collection is based on the research of the exhibitions of the October Salon, the decades of its existence and position on the art scene and the Collection of the October Salon. The title refers to the collection of oral and in various ways collected and organized materials, knowledge and memories of the event of the same name, the conditions and circumstances in which it was realized and maintained its continuity.

List of the art works and actions

Biljana Đurđević, The Future Brings Us Nothing!, 2010
Nina Ivanović, Mountain, 2018
Siniša Ilić, Rearangement of the objects in the venue, objects from the Museum in Smederevo, 2021
Žolt Kovač, In the Kithen, 2011
Neda Kovinić, Together Apart, author of the text: Neda Kovinić (theoretical references: N.Chomsky, A. Curtis, P.B. Preciado, Pavle Levi…), audio, 11’15”, 2021
Speaks: Joana Knežević / Sound editing: Arion Asllani
Karsten Konrad, Musical chairs – Reise nach Jerusalem (Voyage to Jerusalem), 9 objects, 2012
Milorad Mladenović, Untitled (School chairs), 2014
Dragoljub Raša Todosijević, Dear Olga Rozanova, 2010
Milica Tomić, Purloined letter (Edgar Alan Poe), photo: Armin Linke, 2014/15
škart + IMpractical womEN, The pain of existence makes the soul burst at the seams, in an uncertain workd, of safety it dreams, text and embroidery Brigita Međo, drawing: Vladan Nikolić, 2012

The October Salon Collection was founded in 2012 on the basis of gifts received from artists who exhibited their work at the international editions of the October Salon exhibition, from the year 2004 onwards, and at the initiative of the Cultural Centre of Belgrade.

The exhibition will be open until May 23rd 2021. Working hours of the Museum in Smederevo are: from Tuesday until Friday from 10 am to 5 pm , Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm, closed on Mondays

The exhibition is realized in cooperation with artists and art groups, Nataša Radosavljević Kuzmanović, curator of the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Smederevo and Museum of Smederevo. –

Supported by: The City of Belgrade – Secretariat for Culture and City of Smederevo.