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Igor Makarevich has donated his private collection to Garage Archive

The artist donated rare documents, documentary videos of Moscow artists’ exhibitions and events, and a copy of the samizdat album Through the Studios.

In December 2015, Garage Archive and Library received an archive collection from the artist and photographer Igor Makarevich. A founding member of the Moscow Conceptual School, a member of the Collective Actions group, and an active participant of underground artistic life in the 1970s, Makarevich collected and preserved unique manuscripts by poets and writers from the period when the Moscow conceptual circle was being formed. Included in the acquisitions are rare documents with signatures from well-known artists (including Genrikh Sapgir, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Andrey Monastyrsky, and others), and a copy of the samizdat album Through the Studios, compiled and given a limited-edition publication run in 1982 by artists Vadim Zakharov and George Kiesewalter.

Makarevich also transferred to the Museum a collection of more than 30 documentary videos of Moscow artists’ exhibitions and events in Russia, Germany, France, and the United States in the late 1980s through to the early 1990s. These materials will be added to the digital catalogue of Garage Archive Collection, and will be made available to researchers around the world.

Garage Archive Collection, founded in 2012, plays a key role in the Museum’s activities and acts as a center for the study of Russian contemporary art in an international context.

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