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About

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

“In 2018 Garage celebrated its 10th anniversary. In the course of a decade it has evolved from a center for contemporary culture into a museum of contemporary art with an extensive program of exhibitions, screenings, concerts, festivals, education events, scientific and regional research programs, and inclusive projects, which take place inside the museum as well as in its Education Center, Garage Screen summer cinema, and on Garage Square. Our mission is to create unique art experiences.”

Garage Program

EXHIBITIONS

Every year Garage organizes several large-scale exhibitions, including retrospectives of key Russian and international artists, group shows, and presentations of new works produced for Garage Atrium and Garage Square. Garage team is focused on promoting knowledge about contemporary art and developing new forms of interaction with visitors, so every exhibition is accompanied by an extensive public program of free events, including lectures, workshops, discussions, screenings, talks by artists and theorists, and family activities.

PUBLISHING

Since the launch of Garage Publishing, the Museum has published books with a total print run of 800,000 copies. Every year, Garage publishes Russian- and English-language books on the history and theory of art, culture, and philosophy, as well as books for children. In 2017, Garage launched two new series: Garage Dance covers the history of modern and contemporary dance and GARAGE.txt features writing by awardees of the Museum’s eponymous grant program. Garage also runs the annual international Garage Art Book Fair.

ACCESSIBLE GARAGE

Garage’s Inclusive Programs Department runs free tours and events for deaf and hard of hearing and blind and partially sighted visitors, as well as for people with developmental and learning disabilities and wheelchair users. The department’s projects aim to build a more inclusive environment through training programs for professionals and to attract new audiences and develop new ways of communicating with them. Since 2019, Garage has also been working on improving public attitudes toward migrants and refugees.

GARAGE ARCHIVE COLLECTION AND RAAN

Garage Archive acts as a platform for the Museum’s research, publishing, and exhibition projects. Its collection of over 500,000 items includes documents on Russian art from the 1950s until the present day. These documents are currently being digitized and uploaded onto the Russian Art Archive Network (RAAN), an online platform that from 2019 also includes materials from the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen.

ANNUAL ART EXPERIMENT DURING THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS

Art experiment is a creative lab that invites visitors of all ages to work together with artists and share the joy of creativity with others. Every year a new focus is chosen, and the project is organized differently.

PUBLIC CONTEMPORARY ART LIBRARY

The first public library on contemporary art in the country, Garage Library holds over 30,000 items, including monographs by leading contemporary art historians and critics, catalogues of group exhibitions and museum collections, books on artists, art and architecture journals, publications on the theory of culture, and rare books. The library also offers access to international online data bases and runs its own public program.

GARAGE LIVE

Garage Live is a program of performances, music, theatre, and dance events initiated in 2012 to reflect the importance of lived experience and the Museum’s role as a public space based on the ethics of empathy. Garage Live events offer sensory and emotional experiences rather than knowledge based on analysis. Since its launch, the program has presented over fifty projects in various formats, many of which were created especially for the Museum. Conceived as an experimental program, Garage Live supports Russian performers and dance artists through the integration of their work into hybrid education projects.

MOSAIC MUSIC

Launched in 2016, Mosaic Music is a program of live concerts by Russian and international musicians and artists whose work defines the development of the music industry today. Mosaic Music has included performances by Sevdaliza, Sampha, Ibeyi, Leon Bridges, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and others.

GARAGE SCREEN

The Museum’s film program was launched in 2012 and brings viewers new festival hits, classic movies, and avant-garde and experimental pictures. Every summer Garage opens a temporary cinema on Garage Square.

EDUCATION PROJECTS AND EVENTS

One of the Museum’s key programs, Garage Education includes an extensive public program of free events, as well as education courses, lectures, research conferences, masterclasses, and much more. In 2019, Garage launched the Master’s program Curatorial Practices in Contemporary Art at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

GARAGE GRANTS AND ARTIST STUDIOS

In 2012, Garage launched Russia’s first grant program in support of emerging artists, which remains the only project of its kind in the country. Grant awardees receive a monthly stipend for one year. In 2019, the Museum launched Garage Studios and Art Residencies at VDNKh, offering 18 free studios to artists from Moscow and Russia’s regions.

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.

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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. He is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys, with a degree in the physics and chemistry of processes and materials. Prior to his appointment at Garage, Anton ran the non-profit project Gallery White in Moscow, which he founded, working with young artists to develop new works. In 2009, Anton launched the bilingual magazine and online resource Artguide, which covers events in the field of contemporary art. It 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. Since 2018, he has been Head of the Department for Garage Museum of Contemporary Art at the Higher School of Economics.

Garage is a non-profit project of The IRIS Foundation

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