Manifesta 10 in Saint Petersburg, where East and West unite.

As if its world-topping permanent exhibition hadn’t been enough, this year the Hermitage is showing off an authentic pearl among his temporary exhibitions: Manifesta 10.

Many of you may have heard of this European exhibition of contemporary art, which takes places every two years and constantly changes its location. The previous two editions, for instance, took place in Limburg (Belgium) and in Murcia (Spain). The choice of Saint Petersburg appears to be at odds with the declared intent of the organisers to “stay away from the world’s dominant art capitals”. However, years 2014 carries a special meaning for Manifesta, which celebrates 20 years from its foundation.

In 1994 Manifesta was created with the intent to “respond to the new social, cultural and political reality that emerged in the aftermath of the Cold War”. This year the choice has fallen upon the city of Piter, which is, in all respect, an art capital, “because of its critical intellectual and historical relationship with East and West Europe: a uniting principle that is also central to Manifesta”.

The exhibition will display new works by more than 50 contemporary artists from Russia and around the world. The leitmotif of the exhibition is to reflect the changes brought about by the shift in the world order occurred during the past 25 years.

Manifesta 10 is on until 31 October, don’t miss it!

If you want to know more, here’s the exhibition’s website:

http://manifesta.org/

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