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Spirit Labor: Duration, Difficulty, and Affect

The exhibition explores the relatively small segment of contemporary art that is dedicated to investigating and challenging the durational dimension of its agents, from the body of the artist to the act of making and viewing art. It brings together works by 30 artists from different generations across Southeast and Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Eastern and Western Europe.

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Sophia Al-Maria. Beast Type Song

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art presents the first solo exhibition by Sophia Al-Maria in Russia. It is the last in a series of exhibitions exploring the language of contemporary video art, following presentations of work by David Claerbout and Rodney Graham.

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Paweł Althamer. Silence

The spatial installation Silence by Polish artist Paweł Althamer is a garden for meditation built in the square in front of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Natalia Turnova. The Egg and the Rock

The new Garage Atrium Commission presents large-scale sculptures by Natalia Turnova (b. 1957). Throughout her artistic career, Natalia Turnova has remained outside the focus of art professionals and the viewers, escaping narrow definitions and associations with particular contexts, groups, and collectives. Turnova’s practice is subordinate to her individual evolution, and the project for the modernist atrium space at Garage is an unexpected gesture that distracts the viewer from the “usual” Turnova, with her attention to color, large painterly surfaces, and sculptures made of a broad range of materials.

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Rodney Graham. Phonokinetoscope

Phonokinetoscope is Canadian artist and musician Rodney Graham’s first showcase in Russia and the second solo presentation within the series of projects by artists from different generations who work with film and video. These exhibitions expand our understanding of the moving image—its forms, functions, and the emotions it can invoke.

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Fifth Wave. Special Project of the 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art

Responding to the theme of friendly recommendation that was at the center of the 2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art A Beautiful Night for All the People, the exhibition Fifth Wave presents the personal choice of 1st Triennial participant Ivan Novikov, but in an expanded format. In the role of curator, Novikov chose to show the practices of artists who have left Russia to study or work abroad and currently reside in Austria, Belgium, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and France. These “fifth wave” artists do not share a common style or conceptual or political vision, and work in different media: from painting to complex performances. The only thing they have in common is their exclusion from the context of Russian art due to emigration.

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Assuming Distance: Speculations, Fakes, and Predictions in the Age of the Coronacene

Conceived in the days of self-isolation, this exhibition is driven by a humanitarian mission to help the arts community, but also aims to produce and show works that explore the vast and intriguing territory of artistic speculation.

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Present Continuous

Cancellations and “unrealized” ideas are probably more common in the lives of artists, architects, and institutions than finished projects. As the year 2020 has taught us, our attitude to them needs to change: we should develop a new, therapeutic approach to things that did not happen. Exploring the possibility of such an approach, Present Continuous brings to light incredible stories and names from the history of Russian art, carefully preserved in Garage Archive Collection.

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David Claerbout. Unseen Sound

In spring and summer 2021, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will show solo exhibitions by David Claerbout, Rodney Graham, and Sophia Al-Maria, three artists who work with film and video and expand our understanding of the moving image—its forms, functions, and the emotions it can invoke.

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2nd Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art A Beautiful Night for All the People

Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art is a major project by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art that aims to foster the development of Russia’s contemporary art scene. The first Triennial in 2017 featured works by over 60 artists, selected by Garage curators during research trips across the country.

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