Manifesta purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centres of artistic production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography.

  • Edition
    Manifesta 1 Rotterdam
  • Title
    After 1989, how to mediate Europe’s post-communist realities and its gap between former East and West?
  • Period
  • Location
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 5 curators
    Katalyn Neray, HU
    Rosa Martinez, ES
    Viktor Misiano, RU
    Andrew Renton, GB
    Hans-Ulrich Obrist, CH
  • 13 venues
    The Kunsthal Rotterdam
    Natural History Museum Rotterdam
    Netherlands Architecture Institute
    Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
    Chabot Museum
    Villa at Museumpark 9
    Rotterdam Centre for the Arts
    Institute for the unstable media
    National Institute for Photography
    Witte de With, center for contemporary art
    The Policegallery
    Maritime Museum 'Prins Hendrik' Rotterdam
  • Participants
    69 participants of 33 different nationalities
  • Website


  • Main Sponsor
    • Phillip Morris
  • Sub sponsors
    • KPN Royal PTT Nederland
    • Mediamax Outdoor Advertising
    • Council of Europe (Under the auspices of Mr Daniel Tarschys, Secretary General of the Council of Europe)
    • Participating Rotterdam Museums and Institutions
    • Rotterdam galleries and artists initiatives
    • City of Rotterdam
    • de Bijenkorf
    • Port of Rotterdam
    • Rotterdam City Development Corporation
    • European Cultural Foundation
    • Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands
    • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
    • Mondriaan Foundation, the Netherlands
    • Anjerfonds Rotterdam
    • Foundation Bevordering van Volkskracht
    • The Netherlands Office for Fine Arts
    • Rotterdam Arts Council
    • Foundation for artistic education Rotterdam
    • Soros Centres for Contemporary Arts
    • Art Councils of the Ministries of Culture and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the participating European Countries
    • Royal Netherlands Embassies in Europe, Foreign Embassies in the Netherlands
    • Mediaport Rotterdam
    • Tron Datacommunicatie
    • Neon Film / TV bv.
    • Burda , Akademie zum Dritten Jahrtausend, Munich
    • KFA, Jülich
    • Wijk Ontwikkelings Maatschappij, Rotterdam / Neighbourhood Development Coorporation, Rotterdam
    • Deutsches Museum, Munich
    • Yellow productions
    • Achilles / Europcar Rotterdam
    • De Rotterdamsche Bankiersvereeniging
    • Vidi - Square, Lu Van Orshoven
    • Uli Knecht, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Munich