Exhibitions in GARAGE: July 2017

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Dear Friends,

With the Moscow summer finally heating up, Garage kicks off various outdoor activities this coming weekend with J-FEST 2017 taking up the square in front of the Museum. Gorky Park’s weekend strollers will get a chance to learn about Japanese art, dance, and cinema, play the country’s ancient traditional games, hear concerts by world-famous Japanese performers, and try various Japanese cuisine, as well as participate in a tea ceremony, and more.

Meanwhile Garage Regional Projects are in hyper drive, with Co-thinkers—the first exhibition in Russia to prioritize inclusiveness in a museum—traveling to Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg, and numerous events happening as part of Garage’s participation in EXPO 17 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Further afield, Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo is due to open at the Brooklyn Museum September 6, but for a sneak preview of the show, order the English language catalogue now from artbook.com as well as amazon.com. The perfect summer reading!

And last but not least, five exhibitions continue inside the Museum—by David Adjaye, Sammy Baloji, Irina Korina, and Raymond Pettibon, as well as Igor Kholin and Genrikh Sapgir— and a sixth, Bone Music, will open on August 14, exploring the extraordinary phenomenon of Soviet x-ray records and the people who made, played, and traded them.

Keep reading to find out more about what's happening at Garage and best wishes for a relaxing summer. Garage newsletter will return in September!

All the best,

Kate Fowle
Garage Chief Curator



15th Istanbul Biennial curated by Elmgreen & Dragset, photos by Lukas Wassmann, graphic design by Rupert Smyth

July 20 – October 31, 2017

The 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial entitled a good neighbour has initiated an international billboard project of the same name, thus spreading its theme to many different cities around the world including Moscow.
The Russian iteration of the project, hosted by Garage, will include six billboard-sized photographs placed around Gorky Park, the Museum’s home and a popular Moscow meeting place for people of all ages and walks of life. Created by biennial artist Lukas Wassmann, the photographs capture various unexpected encounters between the artist and different cultural contexts and explore notions of home, neighborhood, and belonging.
Curated by artists Elmgreen & Dragset, the 15th Istanbul Biennial is organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and will take place from September 16 to November 12, 2017. The exhibition at Garage is organized by Iaroslav Volovod, assistant curator.


From left to right: Elena Fedoseeva, Polina Sineva, Anton Belov, Garage Director, Anastasia Mityushina, Garage Curator, Maria Sarycheva, Garage Inclusive Projects Coordinator, Evgeny Lyapin, © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

July 21 – October 15, 2017

Showing exhibitions developed by Garage outside of Moscow is an important part of the Museum’s activities. One of the central events of this year’s program in the regions is the exhibition Co-Thinkers on view from July 21 until October 15 at the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg. 

First shown in Moscow in summer 2016, Co-Thinkers became one of the few Russian projects to engage groups that were previously excluded from the public debate on contemporary art. To achieve this, the group of curators working on the project collaborated with four visitors with varying disabilities—Elena Fedoseeva, Evgeny Lyapin, Elizaveta Morozova, and Polina Sineva—who contributed to the development of the project at every stage. Featuring major works by world-famous contemporary artists rarely exhibited in Russia, the exhibition also includes interactive stations that combine curator’s commentaries with a range of tools for perceiving art: audio description and tactile models for blind and partially sighted visitors, and videos with comments in Russian Sign Language for the deaf and hard of hearing. The exhibition also features stories about the chosen works by the four ‘co-thinkers’ themselves.  

Co-Thinkers is organized by Anastasia Mityushina, Garage Curator, and Maria Sarycheva, Garage Inclusive Projects Coordinator.

For more information on the exhibition at the Yekaterinburg’s Yeltsin Center and its public program. 


Bill Haley, Rock Around The Clock, 1950s, Lathe-/hand-cut record on x-ray film, 22cm diameter, Courtesy X-Ray Audio, London

August 14 – October 5, 2017

A result of ongoing research led by the X-Ray Audio project (London), Bone Music examines a unique episode in postwar Soviet history from the late 1940s to the early 1960s, when music lovers made illegal copies of censored music onto used X-ray film. Bootleggers from an underground community brought forbidden popular music to a broader Soviet audience and added a fascinating chapter to the history of samizdat with recordings that included Western jazz and rock-n-roll, as well as Russian émigré music and popular prison and gypsy songs. 

Along with original examples of the disks, their sounds, and images, the exhibition evokes the technical and social culture that made these records possible through documents and interviews with people who made, distributed, and played them.

Bone Music is curated by X-Ray Audio (Stephen Coates and Paul Heartfield, London) and produced in Russia in collaboration with Sergey Korsakov and Cardboardia Project. The exhibition at Garage is organized by Ekaterina Lazareva, assistant curator.



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Date: July 15–16, 2017
Time: 12:00–23:00
Venue: Garage Square in front of the Museum
Free admission, some events require registration

This Saturday and Sunday, the Japanese culture festival J-FEST will be held in a new open-air format at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Gorky Park. Visitors of all ages will get a unique opportunity to dive into the world of the Japanese tradition of the summer festival Natsu Matsuri, discover the art of ikebana, origami, and calligraphy, try the traditional games Go and Shogi, become acquainted with Japanese cuisine, and participate in the tea ceremony. 

Among many events will be lectures on Japanese art and cinema, sports activities focused on the Japanese martial arts, workshops by special guests and masters of traditional Japanese dance (Bon Odori), games (Go, Shogi, Kendama cup-and-ball), as well as a concert by the world-famous Japanese drummers ASKA-GUMI.

J-FEST SUMMER 2017 is organized by Embassy of Japan in the Russian Federation (Chairman), Center of Japanese culture J-FEST (the Secretariat), and Hakuhodo Rus and Japan Art Rainbow. General Sponsor: International Chodiev Foundation.


Detail of Aleks Kolkowski's lathe recording on x-ray, 2017, Photo: Paul Heartfield, Courtesy X-Ray Audio, London

Date: August 16, 2017
Time: 20:00–22:00
Venue: Garage Atrium
Free admission, registration required

X-Ray Cabaret—an evening of performance in conjunction with the exhibition Bone Music—will be held in memory of the secret community who re-purposed x-ray film to make recordings of the forbidden music they loved. The event, held in Garage Atrium, will comprise live performances by invited musical guests that will be recorded and cut onto new x-ray discs using a vintage 1950s recorder in real time and in the presence of the public. 

The performance program includes musician and composer Stephen Coates (X-Ray Audio Project, London), vocalist Miriam Sihon (Moscow, Russia) and Vezhlivy Otkaz, one of the most original and eccentric rock bands in Russia.



Television Studios and Equipment Complex, 185 Zheltoksan Street, Almaty, Architects: A. Korzhempo, N. Ezau, V. Panin; Engineers: S. Kalamkarov, B. Ismailov, A. Fedorchuk, 1983

July 22 – 23, 2017

On July 22–23, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will be hosting the international conference Modernist Frontiers: Then and Now at the International Specialized Exhibition Astana EXPO–2017. 

The two-day international conference curated by Anna Bronovitskaya and Nikolay Erofeev has been designed to provide a context for discussion on Almaty’s modernist architecture (1960s–1980s), presenting it to the international expert community and launching a conservation campaign for this extremely important part of the former Kazakh capital’s architectural history. A round-table on the architectural heritage of Almaty will discuss the criteria for evaluating this architecture and mechanisms for its preservation.

Speakers include: Karen Balyan, Boris Chukhovich, Owen Hatherley, Manuel Herz, Nikolai Lyzlov, Nikolai Malinin, Sergei Martemyanov, Anel Moldakhmetova, Yuri Palmin, Adilzhan Psyaev, Nari Shelekpayev, Nariman Skakov, Lukash Stanek 

The conference is part of a major research program conducted by the Institute of Modernism and devoted to modernist architecture initiated by Garage. Over the course of a year, historians Anna Bronovitskaya and Nikolay Malinin, supported by architects from Archcode, looked for and studied modernist buildings in the city. The research project will finish with the release of the second volume of the guidebook on modernist architecture as part of Garage’s publishing program for 2018.


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Tuesday, April 11. 22:00–23:30

Within the frame of Garage’s Public program at the International Specialized Exhibition Astana EXPO–2017, the Museum has initiated a New Media Art Laboratory, with a special workshop program designed by artists Sergey Kasich, Valia Fetisov, and Dmitry ::vtol:: Morozov. Fourteen artists, architects, philologists, and sociologists were selected from an open call, from Astana and Almaty, to spend a week studying sound art, web technology, and robotics applying these technologies to their own work. At the end, all participants presented their results, which included a small sonic instrument, that converts small objects with a rough surface into sound or chat-bot, interacting with the user through Telegram or other messengers. One of the best outcomes, however, was the fact that following the workshop, students decided to organize the first sound art gallery in Kazakhstan in the city of Almaty.



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