Triennial of Self-taught Visionary Art
28 October – 21 November 2016
From the opening ceremony
The First Triennial of Self-taught Visionary Art is a
continuation of the event which was uninterruptedly
organised by Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art (Jagodina,
Serbia) since 1970. After ten Salons (1970-1979) as
annual reviews of the most valuable realisations in
self-taught art, firstly Serbian and then Yugoslav,
sixteen Biennials followed (1981-2013), which meanwhile
transformed from Yugoslav into international. The name
Triennial of Self-taught Visionary Art symbolically
finalizes the development of this respectable event,
which has gathered self-taught authors for decades.
This year, special contribution was made by participation of respectable professionals who presented their approach to naïve and marginal art, being experts in this artistic domain worldwide, primarily thanks to their rich experience in the field of outsider art, such as John Maizels, the Editor of Raw Vision Magazine, London, Martine Lusardy, Director of Museum Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, Nina Katschnig, Director of Gallery Gugging in Vienna, Vladimir Abakumov, Director of Art Brut – Outsider Art Centre from Moscow. The members of Jury from Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art were museum counsellors who permanently examine the artworks of self-taught authors, Nina Krstić and Marica Vračević, as well as senior custodian Ivana Jovanović.
The seventeenth meeting with self-taught visionary art this year was characterised by a hundred and twenty-two works done by fifty seven artists from sixteen countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Brazil, Denmark, France, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Germany, the USA, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain and Russia. The awarded authors expanded the existing perspectives by simplicity of their realisations, while other artists whose works are an integral part of the Triennial gave us the pleasure of revelation of multilayer aspect of this art.
Numerous guests attended the opening ceremony, domestic
and international artists as well as participants in the
Triennial this year. Dragan Hamović, a special
counsellor of Minster of Culture and Information of RS
opened the exhibition; Nina Krstić, Director of MNMA and
John Maizels gave speeches at the ceremony. On behalf of
the Jury, John Maizels delivered the awards to the
Delivering the awards