First Venues announced for Manifesta 15
We are so excited to announce the first confirmed venues for the 15th edition of Manifesta in Barcelona and its wider metropolitian region. Spanning across 12 cities, including the city of Barcelona, each venue will fall within a cluster that reflects a particular theme of the biennial.
Since January 2023, the Manifesta team has been looking for venues which will encompass the essence of the upcoming edition and are of cultural, historical and social significance to its respective city.
The former Gustavo Gili publishing house is currently Manifesta 15 Barcelona’s headquarters in L’Esquerra de l’Eixample district, Barcelona.
A remarkable example of Catalan architecture from the 1950s, the building was designed by the architects Joaquim Gili and Francesc Bassó, members of Grup R. Currently, a wide array of pre-biennial events organised by Manifesta 15 have been taking place in the Gustavo Gili. It represents a very strategic point in the city for Manifesta 15 Barcelona and it will be the nucleus of the biennial programme.
Sant Adrià de Besòs: The Three Chimneys (Tres Xemeneies)
Cluster: Imagining Futures
The Three Chimneys is a staggering landmark of the coastal landscape of Barcelona. Built in the 1970s, it was previously used as a thermal power station located on the left bank of the Besòs River. It will undergo the necessary works to reopen this highly visible icon of Barcelona for the first time in its history for Manifesta 15 visitors. The location will be one of the main venues for Manifesta 15 with presentations both inside the former turbine hall, as well as outside in its surrounding areas.
El Prat de Llobregat: Casa Gomis
Cluster: Balancing Conflicts
Casa Gomis, also known as La Ricarda, is a family house located in a protected natural environment which is next to the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport. Built in 1963 by the renowned architect Antoni Bonet in close collaboration with its owners, the house follows the principles of rationalist architecture. Casa Gomis is immersed in a large plot of land in front of the La Ricarda pond and the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by a pine forest. Linking to the theme of Balancing Conflicts, Casa Gomis and its surrounding areas are subject to the ongoing dialogue concerning the expansion of industries and the protection of the natural environment, as well as the house itself.
Sant Cugat del Vallès: Monestir de Sant Cugat
Cluster: Cure and Care
The Monastery of Sant Cugat is a Benedictine Abbey that was founded in the 9th century. Completed in the 14th century, the monastery, one of the most significant in the region, includes Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. The Monastery of Sant Cugat is located within the Collserola Mountain Range. The spirituality of the monastery is reflective of the Manifesta 15 Cure and Care theme, that is, the importance of caring for ourselves, each other and the natural environment.
You can see the full list of announced venues here.