52nd Children's October Salon
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43rd Children’s October Salon

LEARNING ART – MAKING ART
Collection of Children’s Art (1958 – 2008)

October 1 – 23, 2008

DECORATIVE PANEL “HELICOPTER”
SFRY, Serbia, 1976

The Collection of Children’s Art is housed and managed by the Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade as part of its Special Collections in department for education with collection, for more than a half century . This collection of children’s artworks is originally initiated in 1958 when the first of the children’s work have been made in Museum, during workshops within small ceramic groups. By collecting children’s artwork made within these groups over the years is how the collection making has been started. The collection is completed with art pieces awarded in Children’s October Salon exhibitions, organized for the first time in 1964 and held every year since than for more than four decades within Museum.

The Collection of Children’s Art of Museum of Applied Art includes 900 pieces of art created by children artists ranging in age from 5 to 15, made in varied Visual Arts techniques. The collection exhibits have characteristic content that refers to childhood, like family, games and toys, animals, friendship, stories and imaginary creatures, life in nature (countryside and town), everyday events, traffic, and illustrations of fairy tales, legends and myths, historical events.

DAD SHAVING
SRY, Belgrade, 1998

During the exhibition that marks 50th year since the Collection of Children’s Art was organized for the first time, we will present 150 selected works. Most of them are created individually, but there is also one segment of the collection that includes children’s collaborative work, which is the highlight of this collection. All the art pieces or most of them are created under the supervision of visual art educators.

The authenticity of children’s artwork was the most important criteria in order to select and award best accomplishments. Every visual arts educator developed their own methods of how to present techniques and different Medias that are part of traditional Visual Arts, as well as the innovations that appear in contemporary artistic creation, according to his proper sensibility and school syllabus.

An outstanding and ongoing cooperation with Visual Arts educators in schools, with most of them who are Academic Painters, Sculptors and Visual Artists, broaden the horizons and included the large population of young people who implemented this noble artistic experience into the age of adults, keeping the sparkle of creativity for the life and further creative challenges.

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