The tenth edition of Manifesta, the roving European biennial of contemporary art, is to be held at The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, it has been announced.

Manifesta was founded in response to the new social, cultural and political reality that emerged in the aftermath of the Cold War, and this tenth edition will ‘analyse the 25 years of changing realities and experiences as they transformed within this new world global order.’

Hedwig Jigen, Founding Director of Manifesta commented: “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… it could become a moral and spiritual inspiration for Manifesta 10 in 2014.”

Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director General of The State Hermitage, said: “The State Hermitage museum is glad to host Manifesta 2014, the year when the Hermitage will be celebrating its 250th anniversary. With the arrival of Manifesta, the Hermitage will highlight its traditions: its roots within the epoch of Catherine the Great and her passion for the contemporary art of her time, and the role that the museum’s collections and exhibitions have always played in the artistic life of Russia.”

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