The Dreamers: Belgrade Biennale 2021

The 58th edition of the October Salon of Belgrade, entitled The Dreamers, will be held from June 25 to August 22, 2021

Founded by the City of Belgrade in 1960, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the October Salon | Belgrade Bienniale is one of the most important cultural events in the Balkans.


64 artists will participate in the 58th edition, curated by Ilaria Marotta and Andrea Baccin, in renovated spaces. The new exhibition spaces will make it possible to physically visit the Biennale while keeping your distance, which will probably still be necessary.

The most substantial part of the Belgrade Bienniale 2021 includes over 160 works including 70 new productions, 20 public interventions and several site-specific works. This section is located in the former military building of the Belgrade City Museum, also known as Resavska. This is complemented by the galleries of the Cultural Center of Belgrade, and the Movie Theatre, with a Film Program.

Radio Belgrade Channel 2 will broadcast a radio play by Than Hussein Clark, while the TV will broadcast Alex Da Corte’s work during the period of the exhibition.


To complete “The Dreamers” Biennale there will be a program of performances and interventions in public and private spaces throughout the city. Among them, the brutalist BIGZ building, the pedestrian underpass of Terazije square, the Branko’s Bridge, the pedestrian area of Trg Republike, the DIM club. Moreover, artist Cyprien Gaillard will make a permanent site-specific installation.

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Belgrade Biennale 2021: the graphic image

The graphic identity, redesigned for this renovated edition of the Biennale, is by CURA, in collaboration with Giandomenico Carpentieri. The editorial project is by Dan Solbach, while the settings are by Massimo Adario’s Rome-based firm.


The catalogue is published in English and Serbian by the Cultural Center of Belgrade in collaboration with CURA.BOOKS and contains texts by Ilaria Marotta, Andrea Baccin, as well as several curators, researchers and philosophers. Among them we can mention Mahfuz Sultan, Melanie Chan, Giulia Bini, Ben Vickers, Anthony Huberman, Tarek Elhaik, Matthew Spellberg, Emanuele Coccia, Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen, Saša Ilić, Hans Ulrich Obrist and others, in addition to a text by Ian Cheng.

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The volume is enriched by an extensive iconographic atlas of works with sheets by Costanza Paissan and by a section dedicated to artists’ dreams inspired by the book Sogni/Dreams, published by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Francesco Bonami in 1999. It contains unpublished texts and images as well as a rich apparatus of bibliographic and cinematographic references of the artists.

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