This morning a very well known art critic and curator in Moscow started rumors flying when she posted that distinguished curator Kasper König will take the reigns for Manifesta 10, which is set to take place in 2014 in the Hermitage, in St Petersburg.
The septuagenarian curator has been working for more than five decades now. König cofounded Skulptur Projekte in Münster, he was the founding director of Portikus, and he’s the current director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. His two sons – Leo and Johann – both have galleries, in New York and Berlin, respectively. His impact and influence on the art world is too immense to be contained in a blog (though we fondly recall hearing Paul Chan try, in this talk at the ICA a few years back. To hear a little more about König’s 50+ years of curatorial experience in his own words, check the Frieze Foundation site.)
This has yet to be confirmed, but it would make sense as König has collaborated with Manifesta as a member of its international advisory board in the past. The roving biennale had earlier stated that it would name its curator in June, but now it seems official announcement has been pushed back to July. In the meantime, our fingers are crossed, as we would love to see what König could do with the General Staff building.