Zlín Youth Salon is focused on the work of artists younger than 30 and – like New Zlín Salon – carries on the tradition of important cultural activities in the Zlín in the 1930s and 1940s, namely the Zlín Salons of contemporary fi ne arts (1936–1948) and Youth Exhibitions (1940–1943). While the first three stagings of both triennials (1996–2003) were designed as exhibitions of contemporary Czech fine arts, since 2006 they have also presented prominent figures of the Slovak art scene. This strictly selective exhibition aims not only to present established artists, but also to discover creative talents heretofore undiscovered or for various reasons neglected. The event focuses on the most prominent figures of the youngest generation of artists new to the art scene,
and its main goal is to discover true personalities within this emerging generation. The exhibition is not based on a narrowly defined curatorial perspective, but instead attempts to represent the broadest possible spectrum of all those things which contemporary scholars call art. Hence the nature of the works featured at this year‘s Youth Salon cannot be summarized in a brief characterization.
The selection of artists was not conducted by a single curator or by the Zlín Gallery only, but by a larger jury of leading experts in contemporary arts from different areas and institutions of both countries. The works, all created since the most recent staging of Zlín Youth Salon three years ago, will be displayed in the organizing institution‘s main exhibition spaces, namely the House of Arts and the second floor of the Zlín Château. An extensive exhibition catalogue, published as part of an already established series, includes descriptions and photographs of the displayed works, as well as biographical data and short profiles of the participating artists.
Two selected participants will be awarded. The Czech exhibition jury will select the most outstanding work of the Czech collection to receive the Václav Chad Award, while the Slovak jury will pick the most outstanding item of the Slovak collection for the Igor Kalný Award. The Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín will then offer to purchase the winning artworks and make them part of its collection. The Gallery will also organize a separate exhibition for each of the laureates.
Daniela Čarná, City Gallery of Bratislava
Richard Drury, Czech Museum of Fine Arts in Prague
Martin Fišr, Šternberk Gallery
Gabriela Garlatyová, Town Gallery in Rimavská Sobota
Vít Havránek, Tranzitdisplay
Radek Horáček, Education Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno
Beata Jablonská, Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava
Zuzana Majlingova Leskanic, Gallery of Central Slovakia in Banská Bystrica
Václav Mílek, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín
Pavlína Morganová, Academic Research Centre of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
Pavlína Pyšná, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín
Ludvík Ševeček, Zlín