Unofficial arts posters from Garage Archive Collection


6 Oct 2016

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art presents a project based on Garage Archive Collection at MUZEON park.

From October 10 until October 23, visitors to MUZEON park in Moscow will have a unique opportunity to see the best posters for exhibitions of Russian unofficial art held in Garage Archive Collection. Bold, bright and visually innovative, these posters redefine avant-garde and revolutionary symbols. The exhibitions they illustrated provided the most fantastic insight into Russian contemporary art both at home and abroad, including shows of such prominent artists as Viktor Pivovarov, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Ilya Kabakov and Andrey Monastirsky.

Garage Archive Collection is the world’s biggest archive of the history of Russian contemporary art from the mid-1950s to the present day. The archive contains a wide range of documents on Russian contemporary art, including photographs, videos and other materials which date back to the 1970s. The photo library includes images of exhibitions, artists and their works from 1960 to 2000. Garage Archive Collection is focused on different aspects of Soviet and Russian contemporary art, containing video documentation of exhibition openings, performances, actions, and texts of artists dating from 1960 to the 1990s as well as press-releases, catalogues and all kinds of source material about exhibitions from 1985 to 2016.

Garage Archive Collection is central to the activities of the Museum. Founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich, Garage is the first philanthropic institution in Russia to create a comprehensive public mandate for contemporary art. Providing opportunities for dialogue, as well as the production of new work and ideas, the Museum’s extensive program of exhibitions, events, education, research, and publishing reflects current developments in Russian and international culture.

Poster for the exhibition Display
Tsaritsyno Museum, December 29, 1990 – January 23, 1991
The Leonid Talochkin Collection
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow