Garage Archive Collection aims to provide an academic platform for the study of Russian contemporary art in an international context.
Since the first archive was transferred to Garage in 2012, the collection has continued to expand thanks to new donations and acquisitions. Today, it includes documentation from Moscow galleries, the personal archives of artists and collectors, the Museum’s institutional archive, an archive of art press, and other materials.
The core of Garage Archive Collection is the Art Projects Foundation archive. In its first year, the collection was supplemented with donations from Elena Selina, Aidan Salakhova, Irina Meglinskaya, and Elena Bakanova, who transferred the archives of XL, Aidan, and Shkola galleries, materials on exhibitions at L Gallery in the early 1990s, and the electronic exhibitions archive of Paperworks Gallery. Every year new archives are added as part of the Museum’s acquisitions strategy.
In 2018, Garage began acquiring archives related to the history of underground and contemporary art in Leningrad and St. Petersburg. The Museum chose not to move those archives to Moscow but to leave them in the city where they were compiled.
The St. Petersburg archives in Garage Archive Collection include that of art historian and archivist of the local art scene Andrei Khlobystin; the archive on Sergey Kuryokhin compiled by Sergey Chubraev; and Irina Aktuganova and Sergei Busov’s archive covering several of the city’s key art institutions (including Cyber Femin Club, Techno Art Center, Experimental Sound Gallery, and the Museum of Sound).
The Russian Art Archive Network (RAAN) was launched in 2017. Initiated by Garage, it aims to promote Russian art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. RAAN is an online catalogue that provides access to materials on contemporary Russian art from Garage Archive Collection and the archives of partner institutions. The RAAN project involves the gradual digitization of the archives of partner institutions, which are then uploaded to an app developed by Garage, and the integration of information from their databases.Visit RAAN
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