Garage at the 7th International Cosmoscow Contemporary Art Fair


From 06 September 2019 to 08 September 2019




Gostiny Dvor, Ilyinka Street, 4
Garage at the 7th International Cosmoscow Contemporary Art FairGarage at the 7th International Cosmoscow Contemporary Art Fair


In fall 2019, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will take part in the non-profit program of the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair, presenting Garage Archive Collection and the international project Russian Art Archive Network (RAAN).

The Garage booth at Cosmoscow is a loose reconstruction of Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe’s apartment on Zubovsky Boulevard, where the artist’s photo series Barbie was created for the show Barbizona (2005) at RuArts Gallery, Moscow. The core of the exhibition comprises items selected from Mamyshev-Monroe’s archive, which is part of Garage Archive Collection, including make-up, elements of costumes, articles, and exhibition invitations. Also on display will be video documentation of the Moscow and St. Petersburg art scenes and events the artist took part in.

The project will show how archives are created and developed, and how a single event from an artist’s life can be integrated into the matrix of historical facts and phenomena.

Garage Bookshop will also be present at Cosmoscow 2019, with a selection of exhibition catalogues, books on modern and contemporary art, photography, fashion, design, and architecture by top international publishers, including Thames & Hudson, Taschen, Hatje Cantz, Rizzoli, Prestel, and Phaidon, as well as books published as part of the Museum’s joint program with Ad Marginem Press. The Bookshop will also stock souvenirs produced for exhibitions at Garage, the Museum’s branded clothing line, and gifts created especially for Cosmoscow.

The organizers of Cosmoscow 2019 have kindly agreed to donate 5% of ticket income to Garage Endowment Fund.


Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe (1969–2013) was a performance and installation artist, who worked with photography, video, and painting. He was a professor at the New Academy of Fine Arts in Leningrad, took part in concerts by the group Pop-Mekhanika, and was a member of the team behind Pirate TV (together with Yuri Lesnik, Timur Novikov, and Georgy Guryanov). In 2004, Mamyshev-Monroe presented Pink Block as part of Artemy Troitsky’s program Signs of Life on REN TV. In 2007, he was awarded the Kandinsky Prize.

About Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe’s archive

Garage acquired one third of Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe’s archive in 2018. The remainder is held by Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe Foundation in Moscow. The part of the archive owned by Garage contains texts written by the artist, his correspondence, personal possessions and books, and a selection of articles about his practice. Documents include the samizdat journals Kh.V.Z (I Want to Know Everything, 1997) and M.V.Yu. (1994), texts for the artist’s first personal show Flora and Fauna. Painting & Petting (1991), extensive material about the celebrities Mamyshev-Monroe impersonated, a large collection of manuscripts and drafts, preparatory materials for installations, elements of costumes, and works by other artists that Mamyshev-Monroe received as gifts.

Garage Archive Collection materials are digitized and made available via Russia Art Archive Network (RAAN), an online resource which includes the collections of Garage and the project’s international partners, whose archives also deal with the history of Russian contemporary art.


Admission to the public talk “Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe’s Archive as an Object of Study” is free with a ticket to the Cosmoscow art fair.



Public talk: “Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe’s Archive as an Object of Study,” with Elena Selina (XL Gallery), Sasha Obukhova (Garage), and Nina Mamysheva (Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe Foundation)

Saturday, September 7

Russian Sign Language guided tour of Cosmoscow and Garage booth for deaf  and hard of hearing visitors

Saturday, September 7