Manifesta 10

Manifesta 10 is held at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. This venue was selected by the Board of the Manifesta Foundation to host Manifesta 10 because of its critical, intellectual, and historical relationship with East and West Europe: a principle at the core of Manifesta’s own beginnings.

Led by Curator Kasper König, Manifesta 10 will expand the artistic exchange made possible by the events of 1989–91. More than 50 leading contemporary artists from Russia and around the world will participate. Manifesta 10 includes newly commissioned works for various public spaces throughout the city of St. Petersburg. Participating artists include Pavel Braila (Moldova/Germany), Lado Darakhvelidze (Georgia/Netherlands), and Alevtina Kakhidze (Ukraine).

Manifesta 10 critically responds to the current social-political circumstances, its conflicts and complexities in Russia and Ukraine. A series of time-based projects will intervene in the city of St. Petersburg and its cultural, historical, and social complexity with context-responsive commissions and debates, events, pop-up shows, and discursive platforms as an integral part of the exhibition. The public program is curated by Joanna Warsza.

Moreover, Manifesta 10 features a film programme devised by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher from Office for Art (Berlin) offering a survey of time-based media, film, and video by contemporary artists: Unlooped—Kino. From performative works of the 1960s and visual storytelling to digital animation, the programme positions artists working in time-based media in their own social and political contexts. The films are taken from private and public collections: Bilge & Haro Cumbusyan Collection, Zürich; Goetz Collection, Munich; Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, Torino; Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf; Tansa Mermerci Eksioglu Collection, Istanbul; Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; Videoforum at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin.

Education, mediation, and public and parallel programmes play an important role inManifesta 10, in its investigations of the notions and role of contemporary culture in a changing society. The education programme, since 2013, devised by Sepake Angiama explores the social framework of spaces where the people of St. Petersburg come together to learn through initiating a programme of Manifesta 10 Dialogues in universities and Art Laboratory in schools. Participating St. Petersburg-based artists have included Pavel Brat, Alexander Efremov, Olga Jitlina and Evgenia Golant.

Extending beyond the State Hermitage Museum, the Manifesta Dacha is a mobile platform designed by Dutch Bureau Ira Koers and Studio Roelof Mulder. The Manifesta Dacha programme includes Cyland Media Art Lab, Yuri Shtapakov and Peter Berezin, who will trigger conversations with the public through interventions, workshops and discussions in the city of St. Petersburg.

The Parallel Programme of Manifesta 10 is a curated series of independent events specifically devised for, or coinciding with, the dates of the Biennial. This year’s parallel programme includes more than 250 artists, mainly Russian or from countries in Eastern Europe, at sites across St. Petersburg.

For the full programme check the Manifesta 10 website.

Press Preview: 26 June
Professional Preview: 27 June

  • Open:
    Saturday, 28 June 2014
  • Close:
    Friday, 31 October 2014
  • Address:
    State Hermitage Museum, Winter Palace, 2 Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Mail:
  • Phone:
    +7 812 710 90 79
  • Web:
    Manifesta 10
  • Opening hour:
    Tue-Fri | 10.30am – 6pm; Wed | 10.30am – 6pm
  • Closing day:
  • Photo credits:
    1. Timur Novkov. Pyramids, 1989, Acrylic on textile, (270x274cm), Courtesy of Timur Novikov’s family collection; 2. Pavel Pepperstein, The Convict, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 200 cm, 2013, ©Pavel Pepperstein, Courtesy Nahodka Arts & Pace London; 3. Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe. Tragic Love. 1993. Black & white photo, hand-colored. Courtesy of the Artist’s estate; 4. Henrik Olesen, Hysterical Men 3, 2014. Canvas, inkjet print on proof paper ZP 55 (newspaper), 55 gouache/m2, Amsterdam gel medium matt glue, 210 x 1,000 cm. Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne; 5.Marlene Dumas, Pjotr Tsjaikofski, 2014. Ink on paper, 44 x 35 cm. Photo credit: Bernard Ruijgrok Piezographics, copyright and courtesy: Marlene Dumas, commissioned by Manifesta 10 Saint Petersburg, Russia.


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