Chairman’s editorial

The “brotherhood of the arts” in the making

A thrilling past

Founded in Paris in the basement of the Petit Palais, the Salon d’Automne shaped modern and contemporary art in the 20th century by displaying, at the expense of the riotous scandals that established its reputation, its avant-garde movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, Dadaism, the School of Paris, Abstraction, Op Art, and so on. From Cézanne to Zao Wou-ki, the Salon was a vehicle for every innovative current that emerged.

Extraordinary diversity

Four hundred and fifty visual art exhibitors from France and every corner of the world form the core of this year’s exhibition. Their modes of expression include paintings, sculptures, engravings, photographs, artist’s books, and mural and decorative art. They are joined by writers and musicians, actors and poets, and many other members of the artistic and cultural community, all united in this “Brotherhood of the Arts and Artists,” the founding principle of this historic Salon.

Prestigious partners

With the support of the French Minister for Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand, the 2011 edition of the Salon d’Automne in Indianapolis will reaffirm the Salon’s attachment to diversity in the arts and freedom of expression, whatever the medium used to represent the artists’ images, voice, movement or writing.

A Salon that sets art free!

Painters, engravers, sculptors, photographers, architects and art decorators will be shown alongside poets, composers, musicians, actors, book artists and filmmakers. Concerts (from Moussorgsky to contemporary compositions) and live performances will bring a buzz of excitement to Butler University!

Exhibitors from around the globe

The international flavor of the Salon d’Automne is stronger than ever, with the growing presence of foreign delegations, including a significant participation from the Arab world and representatives from China, in addition to artists from Ukraine, Mexico, Japan and Brazil. Over 30 countries will be showing at the Salon d’Automne.