The Manifesta Decade

Roomade and the International Foundation Manifesta are pleased to announce the publication The Manifesta Decade: Debates on Contemporary Art Exhibitions and Biennials in Post- Wall Europe. This mutual publication is a result of a three years collaboration between Roomade and The International Foundation and includes essays, critical debates and a view of the historical material from the Manifesta archives, the public accessible archives at Manifesta at Home in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Editors Barbara Vanderlinden and Elena Filipovic focused on the mechanisms of contemporary art biennials and international exhibitions at a moment when contemporary art biennials in Europe and the world continue to proliferate and few critical studies examining their mechanisms exist. The Manifesta Decade takes Manifesta, the first itinerant European biennial for contemporary art, as a case study but also explores the broader, post-wall landscape from which it emerged. The varied contributions to the anthology treat the effects of communism’s collapse on Eastern Europe, the role of international perennial exhibitions in the context of globalization, the complex definitions of &Europe,& and the history of exhibitions attempting to address these shifts. The result is a complex picture of Europe and its exhibition paradigms at the end of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first centuries.
The International Foundation Manifesta will organize in the run of 2006 a series of Book launches not only in the former Manifesta Host Cities but also on different international locations such as: Rotterdam, Luxembourg, Ljubljana, Frankfurt and San Sebastian. Please check the Manifesta website ( for more concrete data.
The Manifesta Network program, an initiative of the International Foundation Manifesta, Amsterdam, has commissioned this publication. The Manifesta Network Program is a multi-faceted resource and research program, encompassing the Manifesta Biennial exhibition, the Manifesta Journal, the Manifesta Coffee Breaks, and the Manifesta publications.
The European Commission’s Culture 2000 program amongst others is funding the Manifesta Contemporary Art Network.
Roomade in Brussels acts as the publisher of this book and The MIT Press is in charge of the distribution, so if your local bookshops, libraries, or institutions have inquiries, you can direct them to: or Barbara Vanderlinden at
In the meantime, we would like to make arrangements for getting your copy of the book to you. Please send a current address to and we will have it sent to you shortly.

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