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Partnerships with cultural and non-commercial organisations

Financial support and resources from cultural and non-commercial organisations enable Garage to bring a wide variety of free events and programs to the public, produce new works of art, support Russian contemporary artists, create accessible public spaces, and exchange experience with other institutions.

Foundations, embassies, cultural centres, galleries, international and intergovernmental organisations help Garage produce over 250 projects a year.

Garage is open to collaborations based on the sharing of resources and expertise.

Projects to support

EXHIBITIONS

Every year Garage organizes several large-scale exhibitions, including retrospectives of key Russian and international artists, group shows, and presentations of new works produced for Garage Atrium and Garage Square. Garage team is focused on promoting knowledge about contemporary art and developing new forms of interaction with visitors, so every exhibition is accompanied by an extensive public program of free events, including lectures, workshops, discussions, screenings, talks by artists and theorists, and family activities.

PUBLISHING

Since the launch of Garage Publishing, the Museum has published books with a total print run of 800,000 copies. Every year, Garage publishes Russian- and English-language books on the history and theory of art, culture, and philosophy, as well as books for children. In 2017, Garage launched two new series: Garage Dance covers the history of modern and contemporary dance and GARAGE.txt features writing by awardees of the Museum’s eponymous grant program. Garage also runs the annual international Garage Art Book Fair.

ACCESSIBLE GARAGE

Garage’s Inclusive Programs Department runs free tours and events for deaf and hard of hearing and blind and partially sighted visitors, as well as for people with developmental and learning disabilities and wheelchair users. The department’s projects aim to build a more inclusive environment through training programs for professionals and to attract new audiences and develop new ways of communicating with them. Since 2019, Garage has also been working on improving public attitudes toward migrants and refugees.

GARAGE ARCHIVE COLLECTION AND RAAN

Garage Archive acts as a platform for the Museum’s research, publishing, and exhibition projects. Its collection of over 500,000 items includes documents on Russian art from the 1950s until the present day. These documents are currently being digitized and uploaded onto the Russian Art Archive Network (RAAN), an online platform that from 2019 also includes materials from the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen.

ANNUAL ART EXPERIMENT DURING THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS

Art experiment is a creative lab that invites visitors of all ages to work together with artists and share the joy of creativity with others. Every year a new focus is chosen, and the project is organized differently.

PUBLIC CONTEMPORARY ART LIBRARY

The first public library on contemporary art in the country, Garage Library holds over 30,000 items, including monographs by leading contemporary art historians and critics, catalogues of group exhibitions and museum collections, books on artists, art and architecture journals, publications on the theory of culture, and rare books. The library also offers access to international online data bases and runs its own public program.

GARAGE LIVE

Garage Live is a program of performances, music, theatre, and dance events initiated in 2012 to reflect the importance of lived experience and the Museum’s role as a public space based on the ethics of empathy. Garage Live events offer sensory and emotional experiences rather than knowledge based on analysis. Since its launch, the program has presented over fifty projects in various formats, many of which were created especially for the Museum. Conceived as an experimental program, Garage Live supports Russian performers and dance artists through the integration of their work into hybrid education projects.

MOSAIC MUSIC

Launched in 2016, Mosaic Music is a program of live concerts by Russian and international musicians and artists whose work defines the development of the music industry today. Mosaic Music has included performances by Sevdaliza, Sampha, Ibeyi, Leon Bridges, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and others.

GARAGE SCREEN

The Museum’s film program was launched in 2012 and brings viewers new festival hits, classic movies, and avant-garde and experimental pictures. Every summer Garage opens a temporary cinema on Garage Square.

EDUCATION PROJECTS AND EVENTS

One of the Museum’s key programs, Garage Education includes an extensive public program of free events, as well as education courses, lectures, research conferences, masterclasses, and much more. In 2019, Garage launched the Master’s program Curatorial Practices in Contemporary Art at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

GARAGE GRANTS AND ARTIST STUDIOS

In 2012, Garage launched Russia’s first grant program in support of emerging artists, which remains the only project of its kind in the country. Grant awardees receive a monthly stipend for one year. In 2019, the Museum launched Garage Studios and Art Residencies at VDNKh, offering 18 free studios to artists from Moscow and Russia’s regions.

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