The Manege… through the centuries, this building has turned from a historical riding hall into one of the city’s leading exhibition venues. It’s located at the beginning of Konnogvardeysky boulevard – a historical quarter of the Horse Guards regiment.
I recall the last time I was here. It was in 2006, at an international tourism trade fair. During those times, the Manege was known as a place mainly for trade fairs and a market for locals (for things such as fur coats) 🙂
Just some time ago when the coronavirus restrictions were lifted, I was invited to a photo exhibition “As they see us. A portrait of Russia by Magnum Agency.” – an insight into the USSR/Russia through the work of legendary documentary photographers. Frankly speaking, I was pretty skeptical before visiting it, still remembering the trade fairs from the beginning of the 2000s. Can you imagine my surprise when I saw a perfectly organized exhibition with innovative facilities, correct translations in English, friendly staff and a true atmosphere of art and culture?
The photo exhibition itself impressed me so much, I decided to write about it here to let people know that the Manege is not a place for just trade markets anymore — it’s a well organized and innovative space located in the heart of the city which is still unfairly avoided by many locals and the guests of St. Petersburg.
Check the calendar on the website and see a range of exciting exhibitions and events. Choose the ones you like.