Garage Center for Contemporary Culture announces move to Gorky Park

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture announced today its plans for 2012, continuing in its aim to bring the best international modern and contemporary culture from around the world to Russia, and raising the profile of Russian contemporary artists internationally.

Garage will move to a new location in Gorky Park, Moscow from 2012 to develop and regenerate a number of temporary and permanent spaces.

The first phase in Moscow includes a new temporary home designed by Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Planned to open late in 2012, the space has been developed on the site of the Park’s famous concrete 1960s Vremena Goda (Four Seasons) restaurant, which has been abandoned and invisible for more than two decades. It combines a double height entrance space, two levels of unobstructed exhibition galleries, creative center for children, roof terrace, shop, cafe, learning facilities and offices. The design incorporates Soviet-era design elements such as tiles, mosaic and brick. OMA is working with the young Russian practice Form Bureau, headed by architect Olga Trevias.

During the second phase of development, Garage will occupy a nearby 8,500 square meter hexagonal pavilion. The historic 1920s pavilion of six sections with a courtyard was first constructed to house the first All-Union Agricultural Exhibition, but later became a pre-war exhibition space for Soviet artists and sculptors. The new space will create one of the most important non-profit international arts sites in Moscow, with its international standard gallery facilities and dedicated areas for education and learning.

Gorky Park
The Stalin-era park was planned in the 1920s by Konstantin Melnikov – renowned soviet avant-garde and Constructivist architect – also responsible for Garage’s current space. Opened in 1928, the park extends an area of 300 acres along the Moskva River in the heart of Moscow, and it has eponymously been used by authors, filmmakers and even rock bands. The park was named after Maxim Gorky (1868-1936), a Soviet author and political activist who founded the socialist realism literary method.

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture is dedicated to exploring and developing contemporary culture. There are two distinct areas of programming – ‘to bring important international modern and contemporary art and culture to Moscow’ and ‘to raise the profile of Russian contemporary culture and encourage a new generation of Russian artists’. Garage’s exhibition programme ranges from major surveys of important collections to single-artist retrospectives and group exhibitions. Garage will also hosts a strong program of special on-site events in Moscow including talks, film screenings, workshops, performances and a series of creative activities for children. With the café and late events Garage plans in Gorky Park, it will provides a social space for participation and exploration with culture.

Garage is a project of the IRIS Foundation, founded by Daria Zhukova.

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