Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

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Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Established 2008 (2008)
Location 9/45 Krymsky Val St. at Gorky Park, Moscow, Russia
Type Art museum
Director Anton Belov

Building details
General information
Completed 1968
Renovated 2015
Design and construction
Architect Koolhaas, Rem

The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, also referred to as The GARAGE Museum (formerly The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture), is a major art museum whose present location is in Gorky Park, Moscow, Russia. It is the permanent home of an expanding collection of Modern and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. The museum was established in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova as a non-profit project of The IRIS Foundation.[1]

The Museum is the origin for the namesake of Garage Magazine, also founded by Zhukova, who was formerly editor-in-chief of Pop.

In 2015, the Museum moved to its current building, designed by architect Rem Koolhaas and utilizing the former structure of the historical 1968 Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) Soviet Modernist restaurant.

The Museum's collection is founded upon the private collections of Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich. The institution now serves as a major venue for exhibitions, events, art research, and publishing, with a stated purpose to reflect current developments in Russian and international culture as well as creating opportunities for public dialogue in Moscow. The Museum’s collection is said to be the first archive in the country focusing on the history of Russian Contemporary Art from the 1950s through the present.[2]


The Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage[edit]

The Museum was initially housed in the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage (also in Moscow), designed by the Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov and from which the institution's name originates. This first venue opened in 2008 under the direction of Dasha Zhukova, in the newly renovated 8,500-square foot structure. Zhukova had obtained the lease of Konstantin Melnikov's constructivist landmark from its owners, the Federation of Jewish Communities, originally naming the museum space as The Garage Center For Contemporary Culture.[3]

An invitation-only opening ceremony was held 12 June 2008 with a private performance by Amy Winehouse.[4]

In its original location, the Garage Museum swiftly rose to prominence, showcasing work by artists such as Mark Rothko, Anthony Gormley, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, and Takashi Murakami as well as being the primary host to the Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, curated by Jean-Hubert Martin in 2009. During the Biennale, the Garage Museum brought in over 100,000 visitors each month.[5]

The garage building as of 2012 is the permanent home of The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.[6]

Present location[edit]

In 2012, the Museum relocated to a temporary pavilion designed by architect Shigeru Ban in Gorky Park; in June 2015, the Museum officially opened its current permanent location.[7]


  1. ^ Wilson, Eric. "Art and Fashion in Dasha Zhukova's Garage". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  2. ^ About the Museum (official site). Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  3. ^ Kamenev, Marina. "Garage Makes Its Debut". 19 September 2008. The Moscow Times. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Amy Winehouse in Russia billionaire gig". 12 June 2008. Reuters. Accessed 1 August 2015.
  5. ^ Ioffe, Julia. "Garage Mechanics". 27 September 2010. The New Yorker. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  6. ^ Loiko, Sergei L. "Russian Jewish museum opens in Moscow". 11 November 2012. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Dasha Zhukova's New Garage Museum Delivers Social Engagement But No Politics". Artnet. 11 June 2015.

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