"The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg was selected by the Manifesta Foundation to host Manifesta 10. because of its critical intellectual and historical relationship with East and West Europe: a uniting principal that is also central to Manifesta, as the single roving European biennial of contemporary art. Manifesta 10 considers the historical perspective of St. Petersburg's view to the West, and its extensive relationship with Europe at large. Over 50 artists were invited by curator Kasper König to illustrate their own sections in the catalogue." (Buchhandlung Walter König)
Motive for peace
"The original plan was to ask street artists to respond to the centenary of the start of World War I — in itself quite a novel challenge for the genre; but then events took over. Now, Motive for Peace, the inaugural exhibition of the St Petersburg Street Art Museum, is dedicated to events in Ukraine. The museum has (predictably enough) taken over an industrial space, a plastics factory, and invited scores of street artists from all over Russia and Ukraine to make the space their own, including The Calvert Journal favourite Timofei Radya. They’ve also taken over a spin-off space on the island of Kronstadt out in the Gulf of Finland. Organisers see the exhibition as the first step in creating a whole new cultural centre for St Petersburg. Parallel Programme, Street Art Museum, 84 Shosse Revolyutsii"