Exhibitions in GARAGE: September 2017

Takashi Murakami, Kaikai & Kiki, 2000–2005
Takashi Murakami, Kaikai & Kiki, 2000–2005, Oil paint, acrylic, synthetic resins, fiberglass, and iron, 181.5 × 71 × 53 cm; 160 × 71 × 55 cm, Private collection. Courtesy Perrotin © 2000–2005 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Dear Friends,

As Indian summer hits Moscow, Garage is deep into installation mode in preparation for the first major survey of Takashi Murakami in Russia which opens this Friday, September 29. Presenting his work in the broader context of Japanese culture for the first time, Under the Radiation Falls, pays homage to Murakami’s long-term project to creatively unite and question Eastern and Western traditions, featuring new works and spanning several periods of the artist’s career alongside historic works from the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts collection.

Meanwhile in the U.S., Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo, initiated by Garage in 2016, just opened at the Brooklyn Museum. It will be on view until January 7, 2018, so if you find yourself in New York I hope you will get the chance to experience the exhibition first hand. The English-language version of the catalogue also just came out, which you can purchase at the Museum, or on artbook.com and amazon.com.

Last, but not least, on September 14–16 Garage held its annual three-day training course for museum professionals and educators working with people with various disabilities. Entitled Experiencing the Museum, this year's program was dedicated to communication and collaboration with visitors with developmental and learning disabilities, after having been focused on deaf-blind, deaf, and hard of hearing visitors in previous years.

For more details on all these projects, and for more on what's in store this month at Garage keep scrolling!

All the best,

Kate Fowle

Kate Fowle
Garage Chief Curator

 

GARAGE EXHIBITIONS

Installation view of Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum
Installation view of Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, September 2017, Photo: Elena Olivo Photography

PROOF: FRANCISCO GOYA, SERGEI EISENSTEIN, ROBERT LONGO AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM
September 8, 2017–January 7, 2018

Throughout history, artists have used their artwork to reveal social, cultural, and political complexities, responding with urgency and conviction to the repercussions of revolution, war, and civil unrest. From September 8, 2017, through January 7, 2018, the Brooklyn Museum presents Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo, an exhibition spanning three continents and four centuries that brings together the striking work of three unflinching chroniclers of their times. Depicting the societal impact of politics and power in black and white, the selections for this exhibition are presented in an inventive way that encourages a fresh evaluation of Goya and Eisenstein, while showcasing new works by Longo, who cites both of his predecessors as major influences.

The exhibition is curated by Robert Longo in collaboration with Kate Fowle, Garage Chief Curator. The Brooklyn presentation is organized by Sara Softness, assistant curator, Special Projects, Brooklyn Museum.

 


Takashi Murakami, Memories of a Passionate Life
Takashi Murakami, Memories of a Passionate Life, 2015, Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame,
300 × 234,4 cm, Private collection. Courtesy Perrotin © 2015 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI. UNDER THE RADIATION FALLS
September 29, 2017–February 4, 2018

Garage presents the first survey show in Russia of Takashi Murakami, developed in close collaboration with the artist and his studio. It will consist of five sections that each explore a particular phenomenon which has been formally or semantically examined by Murakami: Geijutsu (Learning and Technique); The Little Boy and the Fat Man; Kawaii (Cuteness); and Sutajito (Studio) as well as a “phantom chapter” Asobi & Kazari (Play and Ornament). Including more than eighty paintings, drawings, and films by Murakami, the exhibition also presents traditional Japanese engravings and paintings from the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, examples of manga and anime, and various artifacts from Murakami's studio.

To celebrate the launch of this show, Garage and the artist have worked closely to produce an extremely limited edition of specially designed clothing and accessories. On September 27 and 28—48 hours before the official opening of Under the Radiation Falls—all items will be available for purchase by GARAGE cardholders and patrons only via Garage’s bookshop page.

A Russian-language catalogue will be published on the occasion of the exhibition, the first comprehensive publication on the artist in Russian.

The exhibition is curated by Katya Inozemtseva, Garage Senior Curator.

 

Installation view of Co-thinkers exhibition at the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg
Installation view of Co-thinkers exhibition at the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg, September 2017, Photo

CO-THINKERS AT THE YELTSIN CENTER, YEKATERINBURG
July 21–October 15, 2017

Garage Regional Projects, developed in collaboration with our network of professionals across the country, are an important part of the Museum’s program. The latest project is, Co-Thinkers, which opened at the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg this summer. First shown in Moscow in summer 2016, the exhibition is the first to engage groups that have been largely excluded from the public debate on contemporary art. If you are heading to Yekaterinburg to see the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial, which opened last week, do not miss the Co-Thinkers show which is on view until October 15.

For more information on the exhibition and the accompanying Public Program, please visit the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center’s website.

 


© Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
© Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

PROOF: FRANCISCO GOYA, SERGEI EISENSTEIN, ROBERT LONGO

Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo, the companion volume to the exhibition of the same name, is now available in English. It features essays by writer and activist Chris Hedges, artist Vadim Zakharov, Nancy Spector, Artistic Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and Garage Chief Curator Kate Fowle, as well as an extended interview between Fowle and Robert Longo. Like the exhibition, Proof includes a series of triptychs compiled by Longo using works by all three artists. This juxtaposition stimulates a new way of looking at the artist’s output, and how they render visual the social and political upheavals of their times. Proof is dedicated to the memory of Leigh Markopoulos (1968–2017), who edited the book.

In 2017 and 2018, the exhibition Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo tours to the Brooklyn Museum, New York (September 8, 2017–January 7, 2018) and Deichtorhallen Hamburg (February 17–May 27, 2018). The book will be available to purchase at the exhibition venues or online via Artbook and Amazon.

 

GARAGE REGIONAL PROJECTS


View on the work by Pøbel at Teriberka, The New Life festival, Teriberka, Murmansk oblast, 2015, Courtesy of the artist

OPEN SYSTEMS PROJECT IN ARKHANGELSK
August 30–October 1, 2017

Another Garage Regional Project, Open Systems. Self-Organized Art Initiatives in Russia. 2000–2017, opened in the Dobrolyubov Scientific Library, the biggest public library of Arkhangelsk Oblast. Accompanied by a program of lectures and discussions, it’s the sixth iteration of the project, which expands with new works each time it is presented, to now contain materials on seventy-three self-organized initiatives from eighteen Russian cities.

Collaboration with the Artic Art Institute (which is a self-organized initiative itself) has allowed the project to expand with examples from the north of the country, including new art enterprises from Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Severodvinsk, and other northern cities:

The Artic Art Institute is a community established in 2014 to develop the local art scene through experiments with spaces, economic relations, and dialogue with the audience; Art-Angelsk is a group of artists, political scientists, and cultural managers that got together in the early 2000s to organize a number of festivals (Terror Incognita, Black Dot, Stimulations) exploring and transforming the local context; Ч9 Gallery opened in 2016 to offer free access to contemporary art in Murmansk; Subyekty group organizes exhibitions in spaces ranging from galleries to abandoned factories in Severodvinsk and other cities.

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