The Moscow Garage opening: a new home for art in Russia
Contemporary art space
Founded by art philanthropist Dasha Zhukova, Garage is a museum dedicated to bringing the world's best contemporary art to Russia. While Garage's first location was an old bus garage, the new museum space (formerly a pavilion and restaurant in the late '60s) marks its first permanent home.
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The refurbishment comes courtesy of famed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his team at OMA, and is set to breathe life into a space that had been abandoned since the '90s. Utilising original mosaics in the design, the 5,000 square-metre venue is made up of an atrium, lecture hall, five exhibition halls, a cinema, bookshop and cafés on three floors.
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Garage created seven exhibitions for its grand opening. Among them, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who showcases two installations: Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013) and Guidepost to the Eternal Space (2015).
Yayoi Kusama, 'Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away', 2013
Also notable is the participatory art project by Argentinian-born Rirkrit Tiravanija. Tomorrow is the Question (2015) is comprised of activities that the artist encountered during a stay in Moscow, such as eating pelmeni (Russian dumplings), making T-shirts and playing ping pong.
The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art opens to the public on June 12. Visit garageccc.com for more info.
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