52nd Children's October Salon
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40th Children’s October Salon

"PUPPETS AND PUPPETRY"

20 October – 20 November 2005

Children’s October Salon is an event dedicated to children’s education in the field of applied art, aiming to nurture authentic visual culture of childhood. The event takes place at the Musum of Applied Art in Belgrade, where it has, after four decades of presenting and evaluating children’s art, earned the status of an artistic heritage of cultural value. That status is constantly confirmed by small exhibitors of over 40 generations, which today are deans at art schools, professors of art and reknown artists.

Children’s October Salon has a character of a traditional exhibition which presents children’s works of art realized during one year, by children aged 5 – 15. Through this event the Museum gives children the opurtunity to get to know the tradition and the culture of creation of the environment they are growing up within, as well as to discover the culture and the civilisation of the modern world.


This year’s exhibition of the 40th CHILDREN’S OCTOBER SALON is dedicated to dolls and puppets children designed and realized working together with their pedagogues of visual and art culture at schools, children’s art studios, kindergartens and playhouses for pre-school children. The exhibition leads us into a modern world of puppets, where the meaning of the doll, of the educationally used puppet, of the theatre puppet that brings life to fairy-tale characters in theatres, encompasses the complexity of different types of artistic expression.



SCHOOL PUPPET THEATRE ''FIRY DRAGON'', ''SINIŠA NIKOLAJEVIĆ'' ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BELGRADE, AT THE 40th CHILDREN'S SALON


Vesna Svoboda, art pedagogue at ''Siniša Nikolajević'' elementary school in Belgrade founded the school's puppet theatre ''Ognjeni zmaj'' in 2000. From the very beginning they were joined by Slavica Obradović, Serbian language teacher, as a drama moderator. Teachers Branka Milojević, Ljubica Popović and Jasmina Hodžić also participate. At the school puppet theatre ''Ognjeni zmaj'' children aged 7 to 14 spend time making puppets, rehearsing and performing theatre plays. Their repertoire offers ten plays they have been performing at school and other institutions. During the exhibiton at the Musum they performed four plays for children who go to schools belonging to Stari Grad municipality.

2500 works arrived at the selection of this year’s Children’s October Salon, and the commission selected 250 thereof to be exhibited. Children from Belgrade and other parts of Serbia and Montenegro took part, as well as the pupils from the International School and the Russian School in Belgrade, together with, for the first time, international participants – children from Italy, whose works were equally treated at the exhibition. This international cooperation was realized with the help of the Italian Culture Institute in Belgrade.


This year’s topic „Puppets and Puppetry“ takes us into the world of puppetry and puppet theatre, where every art has its place: dance, poetry, drama, the art of colour, of shape, of dream and of reality. Today puppetry speaks mostly to children. With the help of a doll, a child at its first stages of life recognizes life roles and close family ties. Playing with its dolls, it personifies characters, while fantasizing about bringing to life the characters of its imagination, stories and fairy-tales. The way a doll looks is determined by formal characteristics of its visual appearence, and it lies within context of artistic expression of the culture the doll belongs to. A doll, better than anything else, revives nuances and slight differences of nature which hide the richess of humanity. Pretty as a doll is what a child looks like, beautiful as a doll is commonly said about a ravishing woman. A doll is idealized beauty, a symbol of good and nice in people. On the other hand, it may represent vanity and shallowness.

The works selected for the exhibition of the Children’s October Salon give an impression of a joyful childhood, sharing ideas and inspiration on how to make a doll or a puppet, instead of just buying them. At the workshops organized as following programmes to the Salon, we tried to learn to be puppeteers, and to play as actors at the puppet theatre do.

Exhibition Curator: Angelina Folgić Korjak, Museum Advisor, Department of Education