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Garage at the 8th Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair

11–13 September 2020


In 2020 Garage will be the Museum of the Year at Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair in Moscow. At the fair, the Museum will present a booth based on its Archive Collection, the world’s largest archive on the history of Russian contemporary art.

The display will be organized as an interactive cabinet of curiosities, featuring equipment for the storage, restoration, and digitization of analogue video, since many materials arrive in the archive on VHS, Betacam, or MiniDV cassettes and require special storage conditions.

The booth will introduce visitors to various video formats and ways of processing them. Along with learning about the history of Garage Media Archive, visitors will be able to take part in the digitization and restoration of video cassettes and digitize cassettes from their family archives.

Selected videos showing art events in Moscow and St. Petersburg from 1985 to 2020 will be screened on the booth, including documentation of exhibitions and performances, archive footage, and recordings of interviews and TV shows.

The Museum will also take part in the Cosmoscow Talks program, and a selection of books and limited edition art works created for Garage will be available on TEO for Cosmoscow, an online platform for the sale and promotion of contemporary art.

Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art will acquire three important archives for Garage Archive Collection: the archive of Navicula Artis Gallery (St. Petersburg), a handwritten album/catalogue by Evgeny and Lev Kropivnitsky, and the archive of Andrey Chirkov (Remizov), which contains correspondence with Andrei Sinyavsky.

As in 2019, after the Fair the organizers will make a donation to Garage Endowment Fund.


Garage Archive is the world’s largest collection of documents on the history of Russian art since the 1950s. Along with photographs, manuscripts and printed materials, an important part of the archive is a collection of videos of art events from 1985 to 2020.

The video archive includes private collections transferred to Garage by Vadim Zakharov, Nina Zaretskaya (TV Gallery), Andrei Erofeev, Mikhail Nazarov, Sergey Borisov, Andrei Monastyrsky, Joseph Backstein, and Viktor Misiano. The Museum’s media archive started with videos of Moscow art events recorded by art historian Yulia Ovchinnikova, who worked at Soros Center for Contemporary Art and Art Projects Foundation in the 1990s and 2000s. Since 2018, Garage has continued her documentation project.


Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair was launched by art historian, young Russian artists’ patron and collector Margarita Pushkina in 2010 and aims to bring together both Russian and international collectors, galleries and artists. Since 2014, Cosmoscow takes place every September with its own spot in the international art calendar. In 2019, Cosmoscow welcomed more than 22,000 visitors, while the exhibiting galleries totaled €1.7 million. In 2020, the fair will be held in Gostiny Dvor (4, Ilyinka St, Moscow) on September 11–13.

Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art was established in 2017. The main mission of the Foundation is to support the career development of young Russian artists and to positively grow the broader contemporary art sector.

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