Manifesta was founded in 1993, inspired by the changing European constellation brought about by the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 2013, on the eve of Manifesta’s 20th anniversary, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg was selected as the host for Manifesta 10 due to its expressed desire to research the notion and function of contemporary art and culture in a contested area.
The changing position of the Hermitage—which recently established its General Staff Building as a new wing dedicated to modern and contemporary art—along with its critical, intellectual, and historical relationship with East and West Europe stretching back to the eighteenth century, relate the institution to central themes in Manifesta’s identity as the single roving European biennial of contemporary art, focusing every two years on a different social-political and artistic context.
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