Manifesta is the roving European Biennial of Contemporary Art. Manifesta seeks dynamic European cities and locations, often placing new focus on peripheral, lesser-known regions. Locations whose geography, history or socio-economic context suggest interesting themes for contemporary visual artists. Along with events as the Venice Biennale and Documenta in Kassel, Manifesta is one of the leading art events in Europe.
For the first time in the history of Manifesta, the biennial will not only present an international, industry-leading selection of contemporary art. The exhibition will also consist of an impressive collection of historical works and will display the rich mining heritage in a surprising and innovative way to both local and international audiences.
Curator Cuauhtémoc Medina (Mexico City) developed the concept for Manifesta 9, addressing the social and societal impact of the recent past in Limburg. The exhibition The Deep of the Modern will be presented as a triptych. For the first section, 35 international contemporary artists are invited to create new work, paying heed to regional context, linking the local theme with global issues. The art historical section provides an overview of works of art from the 19th and 20th Centuries, with the impact of the coal industry as their subject.
The third section focuses on the extensive legacy that the Limburg mining industry has left behind. Audience development, sustainability, including capacity building in the region, and strengthening the positive image of this young, creative and dynamic region, are the main objectives for Manifesta 9.
Acción Cultural Española supports the presence of Lara Almárcegui, Jota Izquierdo and Alexander Apóstol at this artistic meeting.
Fundación Manifesta (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Acción Cultural Española