Those planning your 2014 travels, take note: Manifesta, the European biennial of contemporary art that alights in a different city or region every two years, will take place at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, next year. It’s a banner year for both organizations, with Manifesta marking its 20th anniversary, and the Hermitage marking its 250th. The museum’s General Staff Building, the main site for the biennial, is also set to be fully renovated by the opening of the exhibition.
Hedwig Fijen, Manifesta’s founding director, offered the eventual curator some thoughts in a statement:
St. Petersburg historically bridged the gap between East and West Europe for more than 300 years and through the spirit of the European enlightenment movement in the 18th century, the notion of the Encyclopaedia edited by Diderot and D’Alembert and acquired by Catherine The Great for the State Hermitage Museum could become a moral and spiritual inspiration for Manifesta 10 in 2014.
Last year’s Manifesta, number nine, was organized by curator Cuauhtémoc Medina in Genk, Belgium, and met with largely positive reviews. The full list of previous locations follows below:
Manifesta 1, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 1996
Manifesta 2, Luxemburg, Luxemburg 1998
Manifesta 3, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2000
Manifesta 4, Frankfurt, Germany, 2002
Manifesta 5, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, 2004
Manifesta 6, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2006 (cancelled)
Manifesta 7, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy, 2008
Manifesta 8, Murcia and Cartagena, Spain, 2010
Manifesta 9, Genk, Limburg, Belgium, 2012
Thank you to Artforum for calling our attention to the news.