“Manifesta I”

Manifesta I

“Manifesta I,” the inaugural edition of a new European biennial for contemporary art, attempted to radically redraw the artistic mac of the continent. Five curators—Rosa Martínez, Viktor Misiano, Katalin Néray, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and Andrew Renton—worked together to mount an exhibition whose declared goal was to reflect the state of art and life in a unified Europe. Rather than producing five competing sections, the curators collaborated on one large, multifaceted exhibition, held in more than ten venues, including the Witte de With, the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, and the Rotterdam Kunsthal. More than 70 artists from 25 different countries were invited to present works dealing with the following issues: migration, communication, translation, the relation between culture and nature, and problems of cultural identity.

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