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.
Garage Exhibitions spark engagement with art and culture while exploring issues of local and global relevance; Garage Education draws audiences of all ages through pioneering programs for both families and professionals; Garage Publishing makes major cultural texts available in Russian for the first time and innovates new publications related to Garage Archive, Exhibitions, and other activities; Garage Field Research invites practitioners to develop fresh perspectives on Russian art and culture; Garage Grants program supports young Russian artists and spearheads a range of activities that incorporate Russian artists into the global art community — all of which contribute to the Museum’s role as a multifaceted hub for arts and culture.
Founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova, the institution is currently based in a temporary pavilion in Gorky Park created specifically for Garage by architect Shigeru Ban. In 2015, the Museum will move to its first permanent home — a groundbreaking renovation of the famous 1960s Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) pavilion inGorky Park - designed by Rem Koolhaas.
Garage is a non-profit project of The IRIS Foundation.
A major priority for the Museum, Garage Education is also currently the broadest pedagogical initiative in a cultural institution in Russia. Daily and weekly activities for kids, teens, adults, families, and arts professionals take place in the Galleries and Café, as well as in the EducationCenter, which opened in Fall 2013 adjacent to Garage Pavilion. Offering nearly 1,000 square meters of flexible learning and event spaces, the building accommodates simultaneous programs, from lectures, workshops, and concerts, to conferences, and film screenings.
Garage Education runs regular events relating to Garage Exhibitions, Publications, and Research programs, including curator and artist talks and tours. Throughout the Museum, free activities and trails for kids and families occur weekly that offer engagement with the world through the eyes of artists. Family programs provide yearlong creative workshops for children aged 3+ to enjoy with their families, while academic seminars on art history, curating, architecture, and contemporary art are run over ten-week periods in the Fall and Spring.
Contextualizing the Museum in the creative life of the city, walking tours are developed to encourage deeper engagement with architectural and cultural sites. Expanding the international perspective on curatorial themes, Garage Screen supports the Museum’s activities through programs of influential film and video impacting on contemporary thought today. Garage Education also works in collaboration with art schools, universities, publishing houses, embassies, and other international organizations to produce one-off events that expand audience access to news and information about important global issues and developments.