About the Salon
The Youth Salon is the largest and most respectable exhibition event for visual artists under the age of 35 in Croatia. In just over 50 years of its existence, it has presented more than 3,400 artists and generated new names on the Croatian art scene in each of its editions. In addition to presenting the latest artistic trends, Salon from its very beginnings also awards prizes for the most successful works, adequately evaluating the work of art and emphasizing to the general public what are the new names on the art scene whose work we should follow in the future.
The first Salon was organized back in revolutionary 1968 and was sponsored by reputable companies such as the Yugoslav Bank for Foreign Trade, Pliva, Ina, and Generalturist. From its beginnings until today, it has undergone a series of program changes and experiments. For example, in the 2nd Salon, the review, ie the text of the preface, was replaced by a survey on the meaning of the Salon and ideas for it´s improvement, in the 5th Salon a kind of anti-concept was presented, and all submitted works, including amateur works, were exhibited. In the following Salons, curatorial concept and the review of the "situation" were introduced. For half a century, the Salon has launched, recognized, and promoted significant artistic movements and concepts such as Nova slika, the Biafra Group and Grupa šestorice, which also launched the PM Gallery, now an integral part of the Home of HDLU. situacije. Kroz pola stoljeća Salon je lansirao, prepoznao i promovirao značajne umjetničke pokrete i pojmove poput Nove slike, grupe Biafra te Grupe šestorice, koja je pokrenula i Galeriju PM, danas sastavni dio Doma HDLU.
The Youth Salon was held in several locations: at the Art Pavilion, PM and Karas Gallery, the Modern Gallery, the Museum of the Revolution of the Peoples of Croatia, the Zagreb Cultural Information Center, the Gliptotheque HAZU and the SC Gallery, but since 1989, with the exception of the Zagreb Fair at the 26th Salon, it found it´s place permanently in the Home of HDLU.