Opening June 12, 2015, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is celebrating the completion of its OMA-designed building in Gorky Park with a range of exhibitions, performances, screenings, and events.
These will introduce visitors to the broad range of Garage Programs and showcase the museum’s innovative new spaces. The new building will provide Garage with opportunities for inventive programming through five exhibition galleries and education spaces, including an Auditorium, Kids’ Room, and Resource Room, as well as a Bookshop and Café.
GARAGE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is a place for people, art, and ideas to create history. Through an extensive program of exhibitions, events, education, research, and publishing, the institution reflects on current developments in Russian and international culture, creating opportunities for public dialogue, as well as the production of new work and ideas in Moscow. At the center of 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 the present.
Founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova, Garage is the first philanthropic organization in Russia to create a comprehensive public mandate for contemporary art and culture. Open seven days a week, it was initially housed in the renowned Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage in Moscow, designed by the Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov. In 2012 Garage relocated to a temporary pavilion in Gorky Park, specifically commissioned from award-winning architect Shigeru Ban. A year later, a purpose-built Education Center was opened next to the Pavilion. In June 2015, Garage is moving to its first permanent home—a groundbreaking preservation project by Rem Koolhaas—that transforms the famous 1968 Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) Soviet Modernist restaurant in Gorky Park into a contemporary museum.
Garage is a non-profit project of The IRIS Foundation.