Anita Ruso



In parallel with the curatorial concept of the 35th Youth Millennial bit će predstavljena i kustoska koncepcija Situation, nazvana prema nazivu prvog Salona mladih koji se održao 1961. Radovi 96 umjetnika s područja slikarstva, kiparstva i grafike izloženi su tada bez žiriranja u Umjetničkom paviljonu. Izložba je trajala 11 dana a inicirali su je: Renata Chalupa, Stjepan Gračan, Luka Ilić, Ratko Petrić, Nikola Pečko, Miro Vuco i Ivan Zelić.

This year’s Situation will present about thirty invited artists in the curatorial concept of Anita Ruso, who does not place emphasis on a specific topic. It is an exhibition of artists up to the age of 35 whose works have been created in the last two years.

An approach that does not insist on a theme allows artists to exhibit their works without the obligation to match any exhibition concept. The curator thus embarks on an exploration of the art scene in order to present both those less represented artists as well as the younger ones who have not yet been given the opportunity to exhibit in front of a wider audience. With the aim of enriching the 35th Youth Salon, the exhibition Situation will show a variety of techniques, themes, and concepts of artists who for various reasons did not even apply for the Youth Salon or their works were rejected by an expert jury. The situation tends to create a more comprehensive picture of the state of art production in Croatia, thus creating a new level of value for the Youth Salon.

In such set parameters, there is a need to clarify the alleged anachronism set in relation to the social engagement of the artist. In addition, it is necessary to consider today’s role of universal values such as beauty, goodness, and truth in the works of artists who mature in a time of complete relativization of these values.

These issues and phenomena can be interpreted only in such a way that each individual "situation" is exposed in front of the profession and the audience so that we can more freely and objectively assess the value of the works of art of the young art scene.

The exhibition will be on display at the Forum Gallery and the Canvas Gallery from mid-November to mid-December 2020.


Anita Ruso (1987) graduated in art history and French language and literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS), University of Zagreb in 2011. She obtained her PhD in Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (PSL Research University Paris) and the FHSS in 2016. She is a recipient of an Erasmus scholarship, the French Embassy in Croatia and the French School in Rome. She completed her postdoctoral studies at the FHSS within the research project Visualization of the National of the Croatian Science Foundation. In September 2019, she was elected assistant professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Mostar, where she has been working as an associate since January 2019. As a curator, she regularly collaborates with the Marin Držić House, Dubrovnik Art Gallery, Vukovar City Museum and numerous artists of the younger and middle generation. She has been dealing with art criticism since 2014, when she has been writing regularly for Vijenac, Kontura and the portal, where she has been the editor-in-chief since 2017. She has published several scientific articles in domestic and foreign journals (A1 and A2).

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