Research Initiatives

Explore historical precedents and current sociopolitical conditions to find new perspectives on contemporary art.

Garage’s extensive program of exhibitions, education, and publishing reflects on developments in Russian and international culture, creating opportunities for discourse, as well as the production of new work and ideas in Moscow. The foundation for all these activities is the Museum’s collection, which is the first archive in the country related to the development of Russian contemporary art from the 1950s through to the present.

The process of research takes many forms—from producing primary material to gathering secondary sources for comparison and analysis—and involves committed interactions with people, places, and documents that are otherwise overlooked or underutilized. Covering a diverse range of topics, Garage Research Initiatives do not just happen behind closed doors, but instead evolve through continuous engagement with the public, who are invited to share in the production and generation of knowledge during the nascent development of the Museum.

Research Initiatives

Field Research

Generated by the interests of artists, curators, and writers working around the world, Garage Field Research gives new perspectives on overlooked or little-known events, philosophies, places, or people relating to Russian culture.

Performance Art in Russia

This is the first research initiative to explore the medium's history and traditions in Russia.

Participatory Art Practices

This initiative creates new opportunities for involvement by and with the public.

Russian Contemporary Art in the 1990s

This research initiative focuses on the 1990s as a significant turning point in contemporary art practices around the world, particularly in relation to the dramatic changes that happened to artists in Russia under perestroika.

Collections and the Contemporary Museum

This initiative explores the significance of collecting in relation to the broader activities of a contemporary museum.

The Impact of 1960s Soviet Modernism

Inspired by Rem Koolhaas’ interests in preserving aspects of the original 1968 architecture, Garage is initiating a number of projects that further explore the impact of Soviet Modernism on contemporary culture and art practice.

The Family Tree of Russian Contemporary Art

The intention of the initiative is to reveal the vast web of connections within the Russian artistic community from the 1950s to the 2010s, pinpointing key figures, events, and phenomena in postwar Russian art.

Self-organized Art Initiatives in Russia sinse 2000

This long-term research program initiated by Garage Research in 2015 explores developments in self-organized artistic and curatorial practices in Russia since 2000.

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