Presentation of Pavel Pepperstein’s book The Age of Theme Parks


From 7 December 2017




Garage Auditorium


The collection of 36 short stories by the pioneer of psychedelic realism was published as part of Garage’s publishing program with Artguide Editions.

The Age of Theme Parks invites the reader on a journey through a phantasmagorical world of entertainment that stretches across modernity, ancient times and the afterlife. Set against a futuristic and hallucinatory background, Pepperstein’s stories pose the question of how our own age of transition will appear to our descendants. The book abounds in cultural allusions and elements of various genres—from detective to melodrama to the trendy rap battles. Each story is illustrated with reproductions of Pepperstein’s paintings and his miniature drawings made specially for the edition.

The book will be presented by Pavel Pepperstein and Garage Director Anton Belov.


Pavel Pepperstein is among the most intriguing and discussed, if not controversial, figures in contemporary Russian literature, a hero for several generations of intellectuals and bohemians. His writings include Swastika and the Pentagon, Spring, War Stories and A Prague Night and the cult novel The Mythological Love of Castes (co-written with Sergei Anufriev). Pepperstein is also well-known as an artist and has represented Russia at some of the biggest international exhibitions.

Anton Belov has been Director of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art since 2010. Prior to this, he founded the non-profit Project Gallery White in Moscow, working with young artists to develop new works. In 2009, he launched the bilingual magazine and online resource ARTGUIDE, dedicated to the coverage of events in the field of contemporary art in Moscow. This 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. Belov is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys (NITU «MISA») with a degree in Physics and Chemistry.


Free admission with advance registration.

The presentation will be accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be interpreted into Russian Sign Language.