Visit our free library dedicated to the history and theory of Russian and international contemporary art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
With 4,000 current members and a space six times bigger than at its opening, Garage Library holds over 20,000 books and periodicals.
Spanning the period from the early twentieth century to the present, the library collection comprises catalogues of exhibitions and Museum collections, monographs and albums—including rare antiquarian editions—, books on philosophy, social theory, gender studies, architecture and design, as well as archives, and most recent issues of Russian and international periodicals (including Artforum, October, Domus, Moscow Art Magazine among other journals).
The electronic catalogue allows visitors to browse through the collection in real time, with the search engine enabling readers to search books and catalogues by key words, authors and personalities. The reading room is equipped with computers connected to the Internet.
Garage Library provides public access to the periodical database JSTOR and the digital image bank Artstor, as well as offering a wide range of public events including reading groups, a series of seminars Studying Art Since 1900 Together and a public program Reading Aloud.
This book presents a set of writings by the poet Marcel Broodthaers, some of them never previously published. Writing was certainly a decisive part of Broodthaers' multidisciplinary work and there were no absolute frontiers between disciplines. In his space, his writings existed in relation to an image, a photograph, a drawing, a painting, a poster, an object, a sound, a sign, a line, or even a polarity, in a style free of any effective connection to a single, fixed current, and thus escaping any one-dimensional interpretation. Broodthaers' Museum of Modern Art, Eagles Department (1968-1972) inaugurated the practice now known as institutional critique, and the linguistic foundations of his art — as well as his emphasis on printed multiples — also proved prescient for subsequent strains of Conceptual art. Edited by Gloria Moure in collaboration with the artist's estate, this momentous publication eclipses in its scope all previous Broodthaers writings collections. It gathers his early poetry, statements, critical essays both published and unpublished, open letters, interviews, preparatory notes and scripts, plus a wealth of illustrations.
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