The 51st Zagreb Salon of Visual Arts - Challenges to Humanism

16 June – 17 July 2016
Opening on Thursday, at 7:00 PM
Prsten Gallery and Bačva Gallery
Home of Croatian Artists
Zagreb, Croatia

Artists: Grgur Akrap, Ivana Armanini / Komikaze, Marija Ančić, Iva-Matija Bitanga, Tomislav Brajnović, Marijan Crtalić, Željka Cupek, Damir Čargonja, Tajči Čekada, Tanja Dabo, Vitar Drinković,  Sandro Đukić, Martina Grlić, Igor Grubić, ABS Group,  Nicole Hewitt, Ana Hušman, Josip Pino Ivančić, Kožul/Žižić, Siniša Labrović, Ivica Malčić, Kristina Marić, Ines Matijević,  Davor Mezak and Danko Friščić, Lav Paripović, Marko Pašalić, Ivana Pegan Blaće, Petar Popijač, Jasenko Rasol, Damir Stojnić, Goran Škofić, Vice Tomasović, Tanja Vujasinović, Ana Uzelac, Milijana Babić, Lana Čmajčanin, Tomislav Gotovac aka Antonio G. Lauer (1937 – 2010), Sanja Iveković, Adela Jušić, Zoran Pavelić, Franc Purg, Sandra Sterle and Vlasta Žanić

Based on the curatorial concept by Suzana Marjanić and Marijana Stanić / 90-60-90: Contemporary art platform

The Zagreb Salon is a renowned exhibition and one of the oldest national group exhibitions displaying the most recent art production – a contemporary art fair alternately focusing on visual arts, architecture and urbanism, or applied arts and design.  Organized respectively by Croatian Association of Artists, Croatian Architects Association and Croatian Association of Artists of Applied Arts, it has been taking place since 1966. The 51st Zagreb Salon, organized by the Croatian Association of Artists, is dedicated to visual arts.

Having taken into consideration the socio-political commotions culminating in the great wave of forced migrants from the East, and the media coverage ascribing them with the disintegration of Europe (e.g. Slovakia proclaimed it would only accept Christians during the distribution of Syrian refugees among the member states of the EU, Hungary put up a four meters high razor-wire wall all along its 175 kilometers border with Serbia, Slovenia put up a barbed wire fence on its Croatian border, Croatia closed its borders to refugees on March 9, 2016),  it was the intention of our thematic call for proposals for the 51st Zagreb Salon entitled Challenging Humanism to steer applying artists towards a critical reading of humanism within the ever dominant trinity of oppression – racism, sexism and speciesism, i.e. discrimination based on race, sex or species (animal and plant, Earth). To that end, how to visualize the Evil and the Good of today, how to visualize humanism in any of the visual culture media? Or in the words of Ivan Supek, a physicist, writer, historian, philosopher, fighter for peace and humanist, who never belonged to a political party or a single worldview, and whose 100th anniversary of birth was marked last year: “Humanism… It is the only idea with the potential of connecting the entire world. The world can never unite based on a single moral or religious idea, but rather needs a very broad grounds, as granted by humanism.”