28 August 2020

On Friday August 28, Marseille will see the opening of Manifesta 13, Europe's nomadic contemporary art biennial. Central to the event will be an urban study of Marseille led by MVRDV Founding Partner Winy Maas, engaging researchers at both MVRDV and his TU Delft-based think tank The Why Factory.

The study, named “Le Grand Puzzle” is the second pre-biennial urban research project commissioned by Manifesta, following their previous iteration in Palermo, Italy. It forms the foundation of Manifesta 13 Marseille’s new model of creative mediation, serving both as a blueprint for Marseille to plan its future and as a research framework to ensure that Manifesta 13 impacts the city and its citizens in the long-term.

Among a series of dozens of events, openings, and tours, both online and on location in Marseille, spread over three days, Winy Maas will be present in two key events during Manifesta 13’s opening weekend: first, the biennial’s opening press conference at 11:30 am CEST on Friday August 28; then again at 11:30 am CEST on Saturday August 29 as part of a panel discussion on Le Grand Puzzle alongside Marseille’s Mayor.

Manifesta 13 Opening Press Conference
Time and date: Friday August 28, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CEST
Location: Online event streamed via Vimeo

Le Grand Puzzle: The Panel
Time and date: Saturday August 29, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CEST
Location: Online event streamed via Vimeo

To see the full agenda for the opening weekend of Manifesta 13, visit the Manifesta website here or the event on Facebook here.