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


Prsten Gallery and Bačva Gallery
Home of Croatian Artists
June 16 – July 17, 2016


The opening ceremony of the 51st Zagreb Salon “Challenging humanism” based on the curatorial concept by Suzana Marjanić and Marijana Stanić will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7.00 PM at the Home of Croatian Artists, Trg žrtava fašizma 16. The exhibition will open in the week marking the World Refugee Day, and will stay open until July 17, 2016.

The opening ceremony will be followed by artists’ performances starting at 7.30 PM: Josip Pino Ivančić, Iva Matija Bitanga, Marijan Crtalić and Vlasta Žanić


The opening night will continue with a musical program starting at 8.00 PM and brought together by peace activist and DJ Mario Kovač, PhD.

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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.”

Suzana Marjanić and Marijana Stanić



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In keeping with the concept Challenging Humanism and the propositions of the open call, the jury including Ines Krasić (artist), Suzana Marjanić (concept author), Olga Majcen Linn (Kontejner, bureau of contemporary art praxis), Klaudio Štefančić (curator in Galženica Gallery), Slaven Tolj (director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka), Josip Zanki (president of the Croatian Association of Artists) have selected 34 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,

and following artists were invited by the curators:

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.


Danko Friščić i Davor Mezak: Hommage arrival of Croats alias Departure of Croats and Syrians


The side program to the 51st Zagreb Salon will include discussions and presentations on the topic Overcoming discrimination – challenging humanism. The program has been developed in collaboration with Centre for Women’s Studies, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, University of Zadar and VERN University of Applied Sciences. The discussions will take place at Klub HDLU on following dates: June 19, 24, 29. For a detailed agenda, click here.

Ivan Ladislav GaletaIvan Ladislav Galeta: Deep End Art

As part of the 51st Zagreb Salon, the Gallery PM will host the exhibition entitled Last Materials: An Hommage to Galeta, curated by Tea Hatadi and honoring the multimedia artist and filmmaker Ivan Ladislav Galeta (1947 – 2014), the winner of the 49th Zagreb Salon Grand Prix for his Disappearing Multi Self-portrait.

Organization committee of the 51st Zagreb Salon: Ivančica Markovčić (City Office for Education, Culture and Sports, Zagreb), Eva Brunović (Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia), Karin Šerman (Croatian Architects Association), Ivana Bakal (president of the Croatian Association of Artists of Applied Arts), Josip Zanki (president of the Croatian Association of Artists), Tomislav Buntak (president of the Croatian Association of Artists), Melinda Šefčić, Monika Meglić and Stipan Tadić (executive board of the Croatian Association of Artists).

The exhibitions 51st Zagreb Salon Challenging Humanism and Last Materials: An Hommage to Galeta are also part of the program of the Design District Zagreb festival.



20 kn citizens
10 kn students and retirees
10 kn groups (over 5 persons, fare per person)

Free for regular members of Croatian Association of Artists, AICA, ICOM, Croatian Society of Art Historians and Croatian Journalists’ Association, as well as students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Art History at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, upon presentation of valid documents.
Tickets are sold at the Croatian Association of Artists box office, during the opening hours of the exhibition.

Summer opening hours:
Wednesday – Sunday 10 – 13 and 16 – 20
Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays closed.

July, 22nd and 25th  – the exhibition are open


Trg žrtava fašizma 16
10000 Zagreb

SUPPORTED BY: The realization of the exhibition was financially supported by the City Office for Education, Culture and Sports of Zagreb, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Zagreb Tourist Board and The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Zagreb.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and the Department of Animated Film and New Media, Kranjčar Gallery, ARS kopija, Ortorama, Lauba, Culture Centre Peščenica – Knap, Galženica Gallery, Art Pavilion in Zagreb, Croatia Osiguranje, Tomislav Gotovac Institute, ARS kopija, 3LHD, Zagreb Design District Festival, private collectors, the jury of experts, organization committee and participating artists.

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