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.