The State Hermitage Museum in the City of St. Petersburg has been selected to host the next edition of Manifesta Biennial in 2014.

Hermitage Museum to host Manifesta 10 in 2014
St Petersburg - MAR 04, 2013

The traveling European Biennial of Contemporary Art will celebrate its tenth edition for the first in an eastern European Country. The event, to be held in 2014 in the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, marks the meeting of shared anniversaries and historical relationships between the Russian museum and the Board of Manifesta Foundation

From its beginnings, the Biennial has promoted an open dialogue between the European countries once divided by the Iron Curtain. Manifesta 10 will explore the historical relationship between East and West Europe, placing special emphasis on St Petersburg view to the West.  

Hermitage Museum to host Manifesta 10 in 2014
Northern façade of the Winter Palace

2014 will also mark the 20th anniversary of Manifesta and 250th anniversary of the Hermitage Museum. Manifesta saw its origins shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall and quickly became a meeting point for the new social, cultural and political context that emerged. During the last two decades, the Biennial has analysed and reflected the changes in reality and artistic experiences as the new global world order transforms them. 

Hermitage Museum to host Manifesta 10 in 2014

General Staff Building of the Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. First as a personal art collection and from 1852 as a public museum, the Hermitage has been creating a bridge between East and West Europe for the past 250 years. To celebrate this historic anniversary, the museum will open its newly renovated General Staff Building, the lasted addition to the museum’s premises, which will house modern and contemporary art and will be the main location of Manifesta 10.

In the coming months the details of the tenth edition of Manifesta will be revealed. In March 2013, the chief curator will be announced.


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