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Exhibitions in GARAGE: April 2017
Last month saw the long-awaited launch of the spring season at Garage with four new projects: the first Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art and Toward the Source (a show about Garage Archive), as well as two commissions: Irina Korina’s The Tail Wags the Comet for Garage Atrium, and your age and my age and the age of the rainbow by Ugo Rondinone for Garage Square and Roof. In the opening weekend alone, Garage welcomed more than 13,000 visitors and among the international guests were the ten recipients of Garage Travel Grants for curators, who got to spend four days researching in Moscow.
Beyond the usual documentation of all the projects on our website for those who cannot make it to Moscow, Garage has now also developed a bilingual website focusing on the Triennial, accumulating the research conducted by the curatorial team during the last year, which will continue to be updated with information in the coming years and for future Triennials.
March was also marked by the announcement of the first exhibition of Takashi Murakami in Russia, which will open at Garage this September. A discussion between the artist, Garage Director Anton Belov, and Garage Senior Curator Katya Inozemtseva took place in Hong Kong during Art Basel, revealing numerous facts about the exhibition, which will provide Murakami with the opportunity to take over the Museum galleries and its grounds, presenting his work in an unprecedented dialogue with Japanese art history and popular visual culture.
Looking forward, as spring has finally sprung in Moscow, Garage has embarked on a fresh round of public programs, screenings, and events including the much anticipated Feminist Festival. For information on the calendar, or more details on the projects please scroll down or visit our website.
All the best,
Garage Chief Curator
© Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Photo: Maria Lubkova
IRINA KORINA. THE TAIL WAGS THE COMET
March 10–August 6, 2017
GARAGE TRIENNIAL OF RUSSIAN CONTEMPORARY ART
March 10–May 14, 2017
TOWARD THE SOURCE: OLGA CHERNYSHEVA, VYACHESLAV KURITSYN, VLADIMIR LOGUTOV, ANDREI MONASTYRSKY, KIRILL SAVCHENKOV
February 1–April 23, 2017
UGO RONDINONE.YOUR AGE AND MY AGE AND THE AGE OF THE RAINBOW
March 10–May 21, 2017
With all this—and a full program of film screenings to boot—it was easy to forget that the triennial wasn’t Garage’s only offering this spring. The museum’s main foyer was consumed by The Tail Wags the Comet, a hulking new, multilevel installation by the extraordinary Irina Korina, who, along with Makhacheva, is on tap for this year’s main project at the Venice Biennale. Upstairs a group show delved into the institution’s impressive archives, while outside the Garage’s Rem Koolhaas–designed façade was crowned with an Ugo Rondinone rainbow. As part of the museum’s extensive inclusivity program, children from nine cities across the country had responded with 1,500 pictures of their own rainbows, which were hung in a wall immediately in front of the museum entrance.
—Kate Sutton, artforum.com scene & herd,
published on March 14, 2017
Traditionally spring has come and Garage opened the new season. For the first time the exhibitions are all about Russian art. Even your age and my age and the age of the rainbow though being created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone features drawings by Russian kids.
—Olga Kabanova, Vedomosti newspaper N 4281,
published on March 16, 2017
Now the Garage Triennial of Contemporary Art, a massive new exhibition held for the first time in Moscow, arrives to shine a light on an underexplored part of Russian culture—its contemporary art. The show is correctly billed as the biggest survey of contemporary Russian art ever. In a fitting twist, it is also slated to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.
—Christian Viveros-Fauné, artnet News,
published on March 10, 2017
One should admit there are many vivid and memory catching objects at the exhibition. Each artist loudly and in his or her one outstanding manner voices all his or her concerns and these claims are mostly convincing.
—Sergei Uvarov, Izvestiya,
published on March 20, 2017
The contemporary art museum Garage opened its first "Triennale" on Friday with works from across Russia's 11 time zones, and they were striking in their diversity—perhaps surprisingly in today's political context.
—Kate de Pury and Ekaterina Chernyaeva, Associated Press,
published March 11, 2017
GARAGE ARCHIVE AND LIBRARY
Ugo Rondinone’s project your age and my age and the age of the rainbow, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, March 2017, © Arthouse, David Lynch: The Art Life, Directors: Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, 90 minutes, USA, Denmark, 2016
Garage’s archive collection is constantly growing with materials depicting artistic events and self-organized initiatives in the regions of Russia. The core of such records was formed within the Museum’s project Open Systems. Self-Organized Art Initiatives in Russia (2000–to the present day). The curatorial research and gifts made in preparation for and the realization of the first Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art, gave a significant impetus to the extension of the regional part of the archive collection. New acquisitions include the exhibition catalogue of Dom Gruzchika Laboratory of Contemporary Art (House of the Loader), Perm, 2015, which is placed in just one matchbox, as well as objects by artists from Izhevsk, Kazan, and Saratov, showing the peculiarities of some local tendencies: emphasis on hand-made production and interest in the transformation of household items and raw materials, being turned into unique utterances.
GARAGE PUBLIC PROGRAM: REPORT
© Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Photo: Anton Donnikov
FEMINIST FESTIVAL AS PART OF THE PUBLIC PROGRAM FOR GARAGE TRIENNIAL OF RUSSIAN CONTEMPORARY ART
Sunday, April 9. 16:00–21:00
The program of the daylong Feminist Festival featured the reading of Familiar Stranger, a documentary play on social exclusion, discrimination and violence, by the Samara-Togliatti Feminist Group, and a discussion on feminist gestures in urban spaces, followed by a self-defense workshop organized by Urbanfeminism.
The documentary play Familiar Stranger by the Samara-Togliatti Feminist Group is based on four real stories of domestic violence. Familiar Stranger is an open project exploring the issues of social exclusion, discrimination and violence against women. The goal of the project is to raise awareness of issues that Russian society tends to neglect and keep outside of the public realm. Members of the group shared their own stories and retold real stories they heard from other women who had suffered from domestic violence and discrimination based on their appearance or gender identity. It is an ongoing project, consisting of a series of evolving shows, and open to contributions from any person willing to share their story in the first person or anonymously. The new show in the series, If It Wasn’t for You is focused on the problem of domestic violence and was staged at Garage during the Triennial for the first time.
Urbanfeminism members invited visitors to discuss the social potential of artistic interventions and activism in an urban environment, as well as personal neuroses, problems and other obstacles that stand in the way of individual and collective actions.
An open women’s self-defense workshop at Garage Atrium offered an introduction to the Krav Maga system—a self-defense system developed by Israeli military forces, which focuses on fast threat neutralization. The aim of the workshop was to teach women and persons of non-binary gender basic techniques allowing them to avoid attacks or neutralize aggressors.
FILM SCREENING. DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE
Tuesday, April 11. 22:00–23:30
Due to an overwhelming response that saw tickets sold out in hours, on April 11 there was a second screening of David Lynch: The Art Life documentary. The film director takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in a small town to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema's most enigmatic directors. David Lynch: The Art Life infuses Lynch's own art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As Lynch states "I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them, even if they're new ideas, the past colors them."
Artists For Children. A Workshop with Irina Korina, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, March 19, 2017, Sketch exhibitions catalogue of Dom Gruzchika Laboratory of Contemporary Art, Perm, 2015, Courtesy of the artists
On Sunday, March 19, Irina Korina, whose installation The Tail Wags the Comet is currently on display at Garage Atrium space, held a workshop for children. Every month, Artists for Children invites the youngest visitors to meet one of the artists whose works are currently presented in the Museum or have been shown at the exhibitions at Garage in the past.
Irina Korina took the workshop participants on a special tour inside the installation and invited them to discover some hidden secrets. Forty-six children of different ages, including children with various kinds of disabilities, took part in the workshop, helped by their parents and teachers from Garage’s educational and inclusive programs departments. Every child participant of the workshop made their own installation of an imagined space using quotidian construction materials and discussed its idea with the artist.