Manege central exhibition hall is the biggest display space in central St. Petersburg. Manege offers innovative ways for visitors of all age to engage with contemporary and retrospective art through its exhibitions, workshops and lectures, film screenings, concerts and many more.
After a major refurbishment in 2013-2016, which included the installation of state-of-the-art exhibition facilities and the updating of its cultural programme, the Manege is well on its way to becoming one of Russia’s most in-demand venues for displaying world-class art. New curatorial projects showcase Russian and international art; an educational programme is aimed at both adults and children; an art library is open to the public; the space serves as a forum for socializing and professional exchange in the cultural realm. All this, taken together with the Manege's unique location in the very heart of the city, has made the Manege a key point of attraction on the city’s creative map.
The exhibition hall occupies the building of the historical riding hall - or the manege - of the Horse Guards regiment (architect – Giacomo Quarenghi, 1807). Over the course of the 19th-20th centuries, in parallel to the dramatic changes in Russia’s history, the building of the manege had undergone a series of major changes. The timeline below elucidates the most important steps in the story of how a historical riding hall has become one of the city’s leading exhibition venues.