Museum of Applied Art - Belgrade / THE SECOND BIENNIAL OF STAGE DESIGN


3rd – 27th September 1998



The main exhibition of the Second Biennial of Stage Design was an integral presentation of various segments in the creation of a stage event – from the theatrical scenography and costume, applied scenic (stage) arts and handicrafts, making projects for stage spaces and animating them, to Internet web presentations and other, more traditional methods of promoting artistic events. In the official competition of the Second Biennial are 203 projects, demonstrating the diversity of production as presented in five basic categories: design of spectaculars, applied stage art, handicraft skills, stage space, and promotion of stage events.

Besides the main exhibition, the Second Biennial had an extensive accompanying program, in which participated many institutions from the cities of Beograd (which is Belgrade), Novi Sad, Subotica, and Skoplje (in Macedonia): a retrospective exhibition of Živorad Žira Savić, the winner of the Grand Award of the First Biennial; the exhibition of the promotional materials of the Spanish theatrical groups, called Ha Nacido Una Estrella; the seminary “New schools for new theatre” realized in cooperation with British Council; promotion of multi-language dictionary “New Theatre Words” published in Sweden for which the YUSTAT has arranged a translation into Serbian; lectures, and other events attended by our foreign guests who presented to our Serbian (at that time, rather closed) environment the new, modern trends in the stage design and production in USA, Great Britain, Holland, Spain . . . Among the guests of the Second Biennial were Pamela Howard, a prominent British scenographer; director of the post-graduate course of scenography at Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design in London (and artistic director of Scenofest) Michael Remsor; president of the Educational Committee of OISTAT (International organization of scenographers, stage architects and technicians) and professor of lights design at the Stanford University in San Francisco; and, also, Ed Bentjes, director of production of Amsterdam Opera.