With only a month to go until the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art opens its much-anticipated new building in Moscow, the museum has released a celebratory video (see below) to preview the space’s public opening on June 12. Narrated by Garage founder Dasha Zhukova, the video includes glimpses into the Rem Koolhaas–designed museum — a polycarbonate shell surrounding the remaining structural core of the Soviet-era Seasons of the Year restaurant, which has been transformed into an altogether unorthodox exhibition space. As Zhukova quotes influential art world figures past and present, images of the interior’s exposed brickwork and original mosaic (which dates to 1968) give viewers a foretaste of Garage’s first permanent home.
The video coincides with the museum’s one-month countdown, and also premieres as Garage announces its inaugural International Board of Advisors: Glenn Lowry, Michael Govan, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Boris Groys, and Zdenka Badinovac, among other prominent figures from the curatorial, academic, and museum worlds. The committee will serve a three-year tenure, during which members will help guide Garage’s structural and programmatic development.
When Moscow’s premiere museum of contemporary art opens its doors in Gorky Park, the public can expect an impressive exhibitions program, organized by chief curator Kate Fowle, that considers current and recent art-making practices both in and outside of Russia. Five inaugural shows will focus on Yayoi Kusama, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Erik Bulatov, Julius Koller, and Katharina Grosse. The Museum will also launch a historiographical initiative into post-war narratives of Russian art, “The Family Tree of Russian Art,” and four ongoing research projects by the likes of artist Anton Vidokle and curators Rasha Salti and Koyo Kouoh.
— Anna Kats (@coldwarcasual)