Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is a place for people, art, and ideas to create history.

Founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich, Garage is the first philanthropic institution in Russia to create a comprehensive public mandate for contemporary art.

Providing opportunities for dialogue, as well as the production of new work and ideas, the Museum’s extensive program of exhibitions, events, education, research, and publishing reflects current developments in Russian and international culture. Central to these activities is the Museum’s collection, which is the only public archive in the country related to the development of Russian contemporary art from the 1950s through to the present.

On May 1, 2014, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture changed its name to Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, reflecting the co-founders’ commitment to providing long-term public access to living artists and art histories. On June 12, 2015, the museum moved to its first permanent home in Gorky Park, in the heart of Moscow.

Dasha Zhukova

Co-founder, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

“Garage was founded with an international perspective, but now we are increasingly recognized as an internationally significant organization that not only presents, but also creates culture. What started as a project to provide a platform in Moscow for great contemporary art has gradually evolved into the forward-thinking contemporary museum we are today.”


Anton Belov

Director, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

“Garage’s new home is a unique example of how architecture can be integral to an institution. The ‘Soviet generosity’—a term that architect Rem Koolhaas uses to describe the original 1968 structure—has been put to new use, to develop a museum that is far from the standard ‘white cube’ for art. Instead, it is a place imbued with character and history, where artists and curators, the Teens Team, Garage Mediators, and countless creative people can share their perspectives on the world now.”

Garage Program

Garage Archive Collection

Garage Archive Collection is central to the activities of the Museum. It is the hub through which the institution is developing and sharing knowledge of Russian art, as well as a platform for international research projects, including conferences, exhibitions, seminars and publications. The Collection consists of an extensive holding of documentary materials relating to contemporary art in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other cities within Russia. As the first public resource of its kind in the country, the Collection records artists’ practices from the mid-1950s through to the present.

Garage Exhibitions

Garage Exhibitions bring fresh worldviews to Moscow by introducing major international artists to local public and presenting contemporary Russian artists in a global context. Innovating new approaches to audience development in Russia, Garage prioritizes creating exhibitions that involve public engagement and interaction, as well as projects that reveal underrepresented aspects of Russian cultural life in relation to the rest of the world.

Garage Atrium Commissions

Garage Atrium Commissions provide opportunities for artists to develop and present site-specific artworks in the foyer of the new Garage building. The first series of its kind in Russia, the commissions respond to the scale of 9 ½-meter-high and 11-meter-wide space, which can be accessed and viewed from all three floors of the Museum.

Garage Field Research

Garage Field Research is a unique think tank and cross-disciplinary platform with an emphasis on primary research. Generated by the interests of artists, curators, and writers working around the world, the program is the first to give new perspectives on overlooked or little-known events, philosophies, places, or people relating to Russian culture. Each body of accumulated research contributes to the development of a new artwork, film, exhibition, archive, database, lecture, or publication.

Garage Education and Public Programs

Garage Education and Public Programs are currently the largest pedagogical initiative in a cultural institution in Russia. A major priority for the Museum, daily activities take place throughout the galleries and exhibition spaces, café, and in Garage Education Center, which accommodates simultaneous programs, from classes and workshops for children and families, to concerts, lectures, international conferences, performances, and screenings.

Garage Training

Garage Training supports the development of knowledge and expertise in emerging generations of art lovers in Russia. Providing opportunities to learn new skills, gain hands-on work experience, and delve deeper into the thinking that occurs behind the scenes in a cultural institution, training programs focus on curating, museum administration, and gallery mediation.

Garage Library

Garage Library constitutes the largest specialized library in the country dedicated to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Located in Garage Education Center, its collection currently comprises around 20,000 items, including monographs by leading art scholars, catalogues of group exhibitions and museum collections, books on artists, journals on contemporary art and architecture, and publications on the theory of culture, as well rare antiquarian Russian editions.

Garage Publishing

Garage Publishing produces books on key subjects relating to Garage Archive Collection, as well as exhibition catalogues, children’s books on contemporary art, and an imprint for Russian translations of leading design, media, art history, and cultural theory books, in cooperation with Ad Marginem Press.

GARAGE ARCHITECTURE

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art’s past and future have always had an important relationship to architecture, in that the organization believes that the spaces it inhabits play a central role in the development of a contemporary approach to making a public museum for art and publics.

The organization was initially housed in (and received its name from) the renowned Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage in Moscow, originally designed by the Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov. In 2012, Garage relocated to Gorky Park, to a temporary pavilion specifically commissioned from award-winning architect Shigeru Ban. A year later, a purpose-built Education Center was opened next to the Pavilion. On June 12, 2015, Garage welcomed visitors to its first permanent home. Designed by OMA, this is a groundbreaking preservation project that has transformed the famous Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) Soviet Modernist restaurant built in 1968 in Gorky Park into a contemporary museum.

GOVERNANCE

Dasha Zhukova

Dasha Zhukova is co-founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, and founder of the IRIS Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and development of contemporary culture throughout the world. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Shed, where she is a founding member. Additionally, she is a co-founder of Artsy. Zhukova has been involved in a number of ventures in the fields of fashion and design, including GARAGE Magazine, which she established in 2011. Born in Moscow, she was educated in Los Angeles, graduating from UCSB.

Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich is co-founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. A prominent Russian businessman and philanthropist, he is a former member of parliament (State Duma, 1999-2001) and former governor of the Chukotka Autonomous District (2001-2008). Mr Abramovich is involved in a broad range of philanthropic projects in the Russia Federation and abroad, supporting charitable foundations focused on making a difference in the areas of arts and culture, sports, healthcare, children’s issues, education, veterans’ affairs, and other important social issues. He is a trustee of Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre and the main investor in the development of the New Holland cultural center in St Petersburg. He also provides sponsorship to a number of cultural establishments and programmes in Moscow and St. Petersburg, supporting Russian and international artists, performers, and musicians at exhibitions and events, and contributing to educational projects on contemporary culture. The Roman Abramovich Jewish Foundation helps numerous Jewish causes and also offers assistance to underprivileged members of society throughout the country.Past projects include the Pole of Hope and Territoria foundations, which made substantial contributions to the improvement of living conditions in the Russian region of Chukotka, and the National Academy of Football, which over a 10-year period built more than 100 sports facilities and sponsored training and coaching for young athletes across the country. Mr Abramovich was born in the city of Saratov and holds a diploma from the Moscow State Legal Academy.

Anton Belov

Anton Belov has been Director of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art since 2010. Prior to this, he founded the non-profit Project Gallery White in Moscow, working with young artists to develop new works. In 2009, he launched the bilingual magazine and online resource ARTGUIDE, dedicated to the coverage of events in the field of contemporary art in Moscow. This is now the leading magazine of its kind. He was a member of the Public Council of the Russian Ministry of Culture from 2012 to 2013. Belov is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys (NITU «MISA») with a degree in Physics and Chemistry.

Kate Fowle

Kate Fowle is chief curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and director-at-large at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. From 2009-13 she was the executive director of ICI. Previously she was the inaugural international curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2007-08) and chair of the Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice, which she co-founded in 2002 for California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Before moving to the United States Fowle was co-director of Smith + Fowle in London. From 1994-96 she was curator at the Towner Art Gallery and Museum in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Fowle’s recent exhibitions at Garage include David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material (2017), Irina Korina. The Tail Wags the Comet (2017), Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art (2017), Toward the Source (2017), Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo (2016-2017), Urs Fischer. Small Axe (2016), Rashid Johnson. Within Our Gates (2016), Louise Bourgeois. Structures of Existence: The Cells (2015-2016), Rirkrit Tiravanija: Tomorrow Is The Question (2015), The New International (2014), and John Baldessari: 1+1=1 (2013). Her recent writing includes catalogue texts on Doug Aitken, Rasheed Araeen, John Baldessari, Harrell Fletcher, Ilya Kabakov, Robert Longo, Ari Marcopoulos, Sterling Ruby, Althea Thauberger, and Qiu Zhijie. She has written on curating and exhibition practices for numerous publications and magazines, including Parkett, Modern Painters, Mousse, Art in America, Manifesta Journal, the Exhibitionist, and Frieze.

Garage is a non-profit project of The IRIS Foundation

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