Manifesta is the only itinerant european biennial of contemporary art, together with events such as the biennial of Venice and the Documenta in Kassel, Manifesta is one of the foremost art events of Europe.
Manifesta originated in the early 90's in response to the political, economic and social changes following the end of the Cold War and the subsequent steps towards European integration. Since that time, Manifesta has developed into traveling platform focusing on the dialogue between art and society in Europe. Manifesta has become a flexible and mobile structure, capable of continuously changing and reinventing itself. For each edition of Manifesta a new curator or team of curators is appointed who in turn invite artists from around the world to participate.
Since 1996 Manifesta has taken place in Rotterdam, Luxembourg, Ljubljana, Frankfurt, Donostia-San Sebastian, Trentino-Alto Adige and Murcia. Manifesta purposely strives to stay at a distance from the dominant centres of artistic production and looks for fertile grounds for the mapping of new directions curatorial practices, exhibition models and education.
Each edition of Manifesta is organised by a permanent team of local and international producers and cultural specialists who merge into a single, efficient operative team. Manifesta is a community-based project: its success depends on the collaboration between international and local players and its involvement with local communities.
The Manifesta Biennials are initiated and co organized by the Manifesta Foundation. Based at its headquarters in Amsterdam, the permanent team of Manifesta provides the backbone to our multi-faceted organization