05 oktober 2012

Manifesta 9

Successful Manifesta 9 closes its doors
after four months and 100,866 visits.

On Sunday, 30th of September, 2012 Manifesta 9 has closed its doors in Genk, Limburg, Belgium. The team of Manifesta looks back to a successful 9th edition of the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, an edition that was met with much critical acclaim, and saw 100,866 visits to the exhibition. For the first time Manifesta took place in one single venue, the now defunct mine of Waterschei in Genk, in the heart of the former coal-mining region of Belgian Limburg.

“I am proud to be able to announce that Manifesta, as a roving biennial has once more been able to surpass expectations. Our team has rose to the challenge to engage an incredibly diverse range of participants and audiences in a project which proved to be both deeply embedded in the vernacular of it’s locality, but also had it’s finger on the global pulse of the times.” Hedwig Fijen, Director Manifesta

The artistic team of Manifesta 9 was lead by Cuauhtémoc Medina (Mexico), who together with associate curators Katerina Gregos (Greece/Belgium) and Dawn Ades (UK) developed the content of the exhibition. The artistic team worked in unison with a large team, composed of regional, national and international talent responsible for the management, education, production, communication, grants and office of Manifesta 9. Last but not least such a major project could not have been possible without the help of with the help 260 dedicated volunteers.

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