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Manege -Saint Petersburg Central Exhibition Hall


Manege Central Exhibition Hall today is probably the largest display space located in the very heart of Saint Petersburg right next to St. Isaaac's Cathedral. As it claims itself Manege offers innovative ways for visitors of all ages 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, Manege is now one of Russia's most in-demand venues for displaying world-class art. New curatorial projects showcase Russian and international art; educational programs and projects are aimed at both adults and children; the space serves as a forum for socializing and professional exchange in the cultural realm. All this, taken together with Manege's unique location in the very heart of the city, has made Manege a key point of attraction on the city’s creative map.


Pavel Prigara, the Manege director who has been in charge since Manege's mass renovation in 2016 brought fresh air into the exhibition center's life. He is also responsible for Manege’s policy of development on the local and international level that resulted into mass exhibition projects and enourmous popularity with incredible queues of those willing to get there.



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.


Visiting Saint Petersburg check out the on-going events at Manege to plan your visit and know more about actual artistic life of the city.

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