The 10th edition of Manifesta, the roving contemporary art biennial, will be curated by Berlin-based Kasper König. The show’s principal venue will be the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (June 28-Oct. 31, 2014).
Besides being the cofounder of the Münster Sculpture Project, König, 70, has German curatorial projects such as “Westkunst” (1981), “von hier aus-zwei Monate neue deutsche Kunst” (1984) and “Der zerbrochene Spiegel” (1993-94) to his credit. He has served as head of Frankfurt’s Städelschule (1988-99) and as founding director of Portikus, Frankfurt am Main (1988-2000) and Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2000-2012).
Past curators and co-curators of the biennial, founded in 1994, have included Dawn Ades, Francesco Bonami, Massimiliano Gioni, Katerina Gregos, Rosa Martinez and Hans Ulrich Obrist. The ninth edition took place in the Belgian city of Genk.
The announcement comes amid international outrage at a law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in June, that bans “propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships” but is generally seen as a means to persecute homosexuals and quash Russia’s nascent gay rights movement.
PHOTO: Kasper König. Photo Raimond Spekking.