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Manifesta 10

28 Jun - 31 Oct 2014

Francis Alÿs
Lada “Kopeika” Project. Brussels—St. Petersburg (video still), 2014
Video
9 min
In collaboration with brother Frédéric, Constantin Felker, and Julien Devaux
Commissioned by MANIFESTA 10, St. Petersburg
With the support of the Flemish authorities
Francis Alÿs
Lada “Kopeika” Project. Brussels—St. Petersburg, 2014
In collaboration with brother Frédéric, Constantin Felker, and Julien Devaux
Commissioned by MANIFESTA 10, St. Petersburg
With the support of the Flemish authorities
Francis Alÿs
Study for the Lada “Kopeika” Project. Brussels—St. Petersburg, 2014
Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery
Commissioned by MANIFESTA 10, St. Petersburg
With the support of the Flemish authorities
Installation view MANIFESTA 10, General Staff Building, State Hermitage Museum
Joseph Beuys
Wirtschaftswerte (Economic Values) 1980
Iron shelves with basic food and tools from East Germany; plaster block with pencil and fat; paintings from the collection of the host museum
Shelves: 290 × 400 × 265 cm; Plaster block: 98.5 × 55.5 × 77.5 cm
Collection of S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium Installation view, MANIFESTA 10, Winter Palace, State Hermitage Museum
Louise Bourgeois
Installation view, MANIFESTA 10, Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum, showing The Institute (center) and Nature Study (right)

The Institute, 2002
Silver 30.5 x 70.5 x 46.4 cm
Steel, glass, mirrors, and wood
Vitrine 177.8 x 101.6 x 60.9 cm
Collection of The Easton Foundation, New York, USA

Nature Study, 1984–94
Courtesy State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Installation view, MANIFESTA 10, General Staff Building, State Hermitage Museum.
Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Installation view, MANIFESTA 10, General Staff Building, State Hermitage Museum.

Pictured:

Here and There, 1978
Plywood, acrylic paint, black and white photographs, text, 17 parts
Each part 244 × 122 × 1.3 cm; total dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery, LondonSeating for Raven Row20105 seats, birch plywood and steel83 × 120 × 170 cmCourtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery, LondonMarc Camille ChaimowiczVase2014Porcelain 28 × 17 cm Courtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery, London
Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Installation view, MANIFESTA 10, General Staff Building, State Hermitage Museum.

Pictured:

Here and There, 1978
Plywood, acrylic paint, black and white photographs, text, 17 parts
Each part 244 × 122 × 1.3 cm; total dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery, LondonSeating for Raven Row20105 seats, birch plywood and steel83 × 120 × 170 cmCourtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery, LondonMarc Camille ChaimowiczVase2014Porcelain 28 × 17 cm Courtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery, London
Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Prie-dieu, 2011
Wood, metal, and fabric
170 × 90 × 60 cm
Courtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery, London
Installation view, MANIFESTA 10, Winter Palace, State Hermitage Museum
Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Prie-dieu, 2011
Wood, metal, and fabric
170 × 90 × 60 cm
Courtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery, London
Installation view, MANIFESTA 10, Winter Palace, State Hermitage Museum
MANIFESTA 10
The European Biennial of Contemporary Art
St. Petersburg, Russia, The State Hermitage Museum
28 June - 31 October 2014

Curator: Kasper König
Public Program: Joanna Warsza

Manifesta 10 will be in the Hermitage Museum on the Neva River in central St. Petersburg, Russia. The Manifesta Biennial was inspired by the changing European constellation of 1989-91, and was initiated in order to take advantage and expand upon the increased artistic exchange made possible by these events. Now Manifesta will look back and take stock. St. Petersburg is suited for this reflection because of its former status as cultural capital of Russia and “gateway” to the West. The uniqueness of the Hermitage—a palace complex with extraordinary collections and inspired visitors—lends itself in a most unusual way to looking at varied moments in art history (local and global, recent and archaic). Manifesta 10 will explore gaps, propose ways to take advantage of them, and encourage personal aesthetic experience among the social buzz of the visitors.

In order to bring together the newly renovated and restored General Staff Building, which will house two-thirds of Manifesta 10, and the Winter Palace, which will hold one-third, we have agreed to interchange parts of the historical collections and Manifesta 10 works between the two buildings. It is important to work in surprising ways with the contrast between the opulent palace halls and the whole series of modern spaces. These spaces are separated by the paved expanse of Palace Square, rendering it necessary to create a visual connection between them through artwork. It is of primary importance to activate the overall complex and bring the various parts into a more explicit relationship with each other through the visitor. It is a central idea that, from time to time, contemporary art should be experienced in dialogue with art from other periods and cultures.

The General Staff Building’s new spaces for modern and contemporary art are more simple and less adorned than the Winter Palace interiors. The exhibition and public program artists were sought out for their strong positions and their international relevance. While some link political and social statements to their work, there is no such prerequisite for consideration; others are chosen with the aspect of critique in mind, or for reasons pertaining solely to artistic discussion and development.

Broadening the reach of Manifesta within the Hermitage will increase its impact. Both visitors who stroll through the Winter Palace in order to experience the glamour of the palace and see art, and those visitors who come especially for Manifesta, will be exposed to something beyond their intended horizons and can ponder the interrelationship of history and the present. The installation strategy for the Winter Palace IS crucial to this plan. A number of galleries there have been selected to show contemporary art.

St. Petersburg’s mainstream art scene is relatively conservative, oriented toward the canon of academic art and major moments of the classical modern. We are trying to avoid the inflationary tendencies of the current global art scene and re trying, in a playful way, to find out what is needed in this context and what is plausible and challenging within the Hermitage. We hope to attract visitors to Manifesta 10 for whom it will be an initial first-hand experience with contemporary art.

The exhibition includes a relatively modest number of artists represented by several works each, rather than offering an encompassing overview of contemporary art. As a guest, we very much enjoy working with colleagues at the Hermitage and are aware of how big and extraordinary a challenge it is: bringing contemporary art into a unique universal museum, such as the Hermitage.

Brief Concept MANIFESTA 10 by Kasper König

Artists:
Nicole Eisenman, Francis Alÿs, Guy Ben-Ner, Karla Black, Joseph Beuys, Pavel Braila, Louise Bourgeois, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Josef Dabernig, Lado Darakhvelidze, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Alevtina Kakhidze, Elena Kovylina, Jordi Colomer, Ragnar Kjartansson, Maria Lassnig, Klara Lidén, Erik van Lieshout, Henri Matisse, Boris Mikhailov, Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, Yasumasa Morimura, Olivier Mosset, Juan Muñoz, Deimantas Narkevičius, Bruce Nauman, Tatzu Nishi, Timur Novikov, Kristina Norman, Henrik Olesen, Ilya Orlov & Natasha Kraevskaya, Pavel Pepperstein, Paola Pivi, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Alexandra Pirici, Gerhard Richter, Slavs and Tatars, Alexandra Sukhareva, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Wolfgang Tillmans, Lara Favaretto, Susan Philipsz, Vadim Fishkin, Katharina Fritsch, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Thomas Hirschhorn, Otto Zitko, Wael Shawky, Ann Veronica Janssens
 

Tags: Francis Alÿs, Guy Ben-Ner, Joseph Beuys, Karla Black, Louise Bourgeois, Pavel Braila, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Jordi Colomer, Josef Dabernig, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Nicole Eisenman, Lara Favaretto, Vadim Fishkin, Katharina Fritsch, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ann Veronica Janssens, Ragnar Kjartansson, Kasper König, Elena Kovylina, Maria Lassnig, Klara Liden, Erik van Lieshout, Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, Henri Matisse, Boris Mikhailov, Yasumasa Morimura, Olivier Mosset, Juan Muñoz, Deimantas Narkevicius, Bruce Nauman, Tatzu Nishi, Kristina Norman, Timur Novikov, Henrik Olesen, Pavel Pepperstein, Susan Philipsz, Alexandra Pirici, Paola Pivi, Gerhard Richter, Wael Shawky, Slavs and Tatars, Wolfgang Tillmans, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Joanna Warsza, Otto Zitko