Exhibitions in GARAGE: October 2018

GARAGE

Marcel Broodthaers

Dear Friends,

As the weather slowly but surely makes Moscow’s outdoor spaces less welcoming, knowledge in its many forms takes center stage (indoors) at Garage. And there really is a stage, specially designed by artist Yael Bartana and lighting designer Jackie Shemesh for speakers at the 6th Garage Conference, To Which Time Do We Belong? The New Historicity and The Politics of Time. Evoking Walter Benjamin, Antonio Gramsci, and Karl Polanyi, participants will discuss the complex interactions between contemporaneity and the past.
 
Here’s hoping that the conference will teach us how to deal with the nagging feeling of asynchronicity that can occur when we find ourselves outside First World frameworks. Exploring time is not just for academics. According to art historian Michal Le-Ron, Marcel Broodthaers, the subject of a major retrospective at Garage, was a time-traveler, freely conversant in the politics and infrastructures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As part of the public program for the exhibition, Garage has organized a series of workshops called Marcel Broodthaers Moscow Museum of Digital Art (MBMM), where everyone can follow the Belgian artist’s lines of enquiry into language and chance through updating his techniques using twenty-first-century technology.
 
While it makes sense to rely on artificial intelligence in the age of automated journalism and the rise of the Twitter bot, we also have a live roundtable discussion with researchers and writers as part of the exhibition The Fabric of Felicity, which will explore terms and concepts that are lost in translation in Russian fashion studies. Jia Zhangke’s award-winning documentary Useless, also part of the public program for this exhibition, is an almost wordless meditation on the worlds of fashion and manufacturing worlds, as contrasted in the story of Ma Ke, founder of the brand Wu Yong (“useless” in Chinese). Garage has also organized a series of Weekend Faculties with selected artists from the exhibition, who will teach students about the use of conceptual approaches to textiles.

There is, as always, more to come. Please scroll down for additional announcements.  

Yours,

Kate Fowle

Valentin Diaconov
Curator

 

GARAGE EXHIBITIONS

THE FABRIC OF FELICITY

THE FABRIC OF FELICITY

September 12, 2018 – January 27, 2019

…the works of artists of different times and places not only fully explore the topic using unified efforts, but also form the subject line of the exhibition narrative and rhyme—sometimes repeatedly and unexpectedly.

— Olga Kabanova,
The Art Newspaper N66, published on September 10, 2018

 

BAUHAUS IMAGINISTA. MOVING AWAY: THE INTERNATIONALIST ARCHITECT

BAUHAUS IMAGINISTA. MOVING AWAY:
THE INTERNATIONALIST ARCHITECT

September 12 – November 30, 2018

The international exhibition and research project under the artistic direction of the curators Marion von Osten from Germany and Grant Watson from London highlights the international aspect of Bauhaus emphasizing the characteristic feature of this school as a kind of coordination center for global architectural design processes.

— Ella Volodina, DW, published on December 27, 2017

 

MARCEL BROODTHАERS. POETRY AND IMAGES

MARCEL BROODTHАERS. POETRY AND IMAGES

September 29, 2018 – February 3, 2019

Since much of his art and poetry was filled with black humor, it’s easy to imagine Marcel Broodthaers, were he still alive, relishing the irony of his first solo show in Russia coming at this moment in time.

— Todd Alden, Art Forum, published on September 29, 2018

 

ANRI SALA. THE LAST RESORT

ANRI SALA. THE LAST RESORT

September 29, 2018 – January 27, 2019

Music interested me as an alternative way to express feelings. And if we compare music with language then we can say that there is much more implicit and mystical in it, whereas language implies a narrative and a very clear statement.

— The artist’s interview with Oleg Krasnov
for Art and Houses, published on October 3, 2018

 

DAMIÁN ORTEGA. THE MODERN GARDEN

DAMIÁN ORTEGA. THE MODERN GARDEN

When installed in front of the museum, the work establishes a dialogue in the public space, which has been populated by Ortega with modernist sculptures of symbols and abstract signs based on corporate logos.

kurimanzutto.com, published on September 29, 2018

 

 

GARAGE EDUCATION

PUBLIC PROGRAM FOR MARCEL BROODTHАERS. POETRY AND IMAGES EXHIBITION

PUBLIC PROGRAM FOR MARCEL BROODTHАERS. POETRY AND IMAGES EXHIBITION

The process of looking at details and exploring the diverse mediums and activities invented by the Belgian conceptual artist has formed the basis of this public program accompanying his retrospective at Garage. Composed of lectures on Marcel Broodthaers' poetry, art, film, and curatorial strategies, the public program studies the historic and cultural contexts of the legendary artist’s practice and a variety of particular items and phenomena that informed it. From October to February the workshops aim to acquaint participants with the principles of Broodthaers’ verbal and visual poetry, experimental films, and installations, and enable them to realize their own ideas in individual or group projects.

Natalya Smolyanskaya’s cycle of seminars Institutional Critique in Contemporary Art is set to help the audience analyze paradigmatic texts written by important artists and thinkers of the time, such as Robert Smithson, Daniel Buren, Julio Le Parc, Guy Debord, Andrea Fraser, Hito Steyerl, The Yes Men, and of course, Marcel Broodthaers himself.

For children and teenagers, Garage has developed guided tours around the exhibition adapted for each age group, as well as workshops delivered by the Museum’s educators. Family Auditorium lectures that will explain and illustrate the term “conceptual art”, and there will be a quest through the exhibition for the whole family.

 

 TO WHICH TIME DO WE BELONG? THE NEW HISTORICITY AND THE POLITICS OF TIME

GARAGE 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. TO WHICH TIME DO WE BELONG? THE NEW HISTORICITY AND THE POLITICS OF TIME

Date: October 26–27, 2018
Venue: Garage LAB
Free admission with advance registration

The 6th Garage International Conference is dedicated to a critical reassessment of the notion of contemporaneity as contested within the fields of art, political theory, philosophy of history, and social sciences. Special attention is given to examining the new conception of historicity, that is, rearranging the relationships between the past and the future.

What does contemporaneity mean, and what role does the past play in it? For a very long time, these questions evoked nothing but embarrassment. Contemporaneity was considered a synonym of the present. “Being contemporary” meant merely “keeping pace with the modern times”. In order to stop doubting the progressive and irreversible movement of time, people invented a special science—history—which had to discover and excavate the past, i.e. something that no longer exists in the present condition.

However, contemporaneity has a second meaning, which has only recently become obvious—that of “con-temporality”. Referencing the experience of mutually shared time, it forces us to consider what time we think belongs to us. What and who are we trying to be con-temporary with? Can the past, as an unfinished story, “the simultaneity of the non-synchronicity”, to use the words of Ernst Bloch, contest the domination of the present? And can we distinguish a hope for a just future today?

The opening day’s reports of the conference will concentrate on the phenomenon of anachronism in contemporary culture and politics, as well as the legacies of selected outstanding twentieth century thinkers, including Walter Benjamin, Antonio Gramsci, and Karl Polanyi, whose ideas have become an essential part of any debates around the theme of historical time. The second day is dedicated to diverse aspects of the category “politics of time”, which defines our current understanding of history.

The conference is preceded by the reading group Historical Time, Contemporary Time. Its seminars are held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 28 September to 17 October 2018.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HIGHER SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

ACADEMIC PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HIGHER SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

The new long-term partnership between Garage and one of Russia’s leading universities, the Higher School of Economics, aims to link the expert and theoretic knowledge accumulated by a cultural institution with taught disciplines and research provided by the university. Earlier this year Garage founded a Joint Department at HSE, focused on the development of scientific research and the introduction of original educational programs.

The academic and educational platform at HSE will provide the best opportunities for research in the field of contemporary art and the training of qualified professionals.

Furthermore, in autumn 2019, Garage is planning to launch a two-year, on-campus, practice-oriented master’s program—Curatorship of Contemporary Art—which as yet has no analogs in Russia. Future graduates of the program will be able to obtain theoretic knowledge and practical skills in the field of curatorship, exhibition making, and project management.

Fore more detailed information on the academic program, please contact Maria Polnikova, Head of Academic Programs at Garage m.polnikova@garagemca.org.

 

THE FABRIC OF FELICITY: WEEKEND FACULTY

THE FABRIC OF FELICITY: WEEKEND FACULTY

First introduced in the public program of last year's Field Research: Liberating Knowledge exhibition, Weekend Faculty proved to be a big success among the emerging artists, curators, and researchers. The premise is simple: selected artists that participated in The Fabric of Felicityare invited to give a lecture about their practice and then conduct an extensive workshop/seminar that functions as both an introduction to their work and a dialogue about the current state and the future of the artists' preferred media. For the Weekend FacultyThe Fabric of Felicity edition, we invited Bella Rune (Stockholm) and Factory of Found Clothes (Saint-Petersburg). On December 14–16, Bella Rune, artist and professor at Stockholm's Konstfack, will draw on her experience in both physical and virtual worlds to explore the multitudinous uses that textile, ornament, and thread are subjected to in contemporary art and virtual reality. Later, from December 21 to 23, Factory of Found Clothes will teach participants to read and write personal and political histories through garments and embroidery.

Please stay tuned to our website for more information and application forms—this year we also provide accommodation and travel fares for outstanding applicants from Russia and the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States

 

GARAGE GRANTS

GARAGE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENTS OF GRANTS FOR 2018–2019

GARAGE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENTS OF GRANTS FOR 2018–2019

Last Friday, Garage announced the winners of its 2018–2019 grants program in support of emerging Russian artists and the winner of the Signet Land Art grant for an artist to create a land art work in Moscow’s Gorky Park. This year expert committee has selected five artists and one artist group from the total of 280 applications: Elena Anosova (Irkutsk), Ian Ginzburg (Moscow), Ekaterina Reshetnikova (Moscow), Anna Rotaenko (Moscow), Igor Samolet (Moscow), and art group Gorod Ustinov (Izhevsk). Anastasia Bogomolova (Ekaterinburg) had her scholarship extended. All have been awarded a monthly stipend to support their practice for the next year as well as being invited to take part in Garage exhibition and education programs.

The winner of the 2018–2019 Signet Land Art grant is Maria Plaksina from Ekaterinburg. She will receive a monthly stipend of 30,000 rubles, a trip to Scotland, and the Signet Land Art commission for a land art work in Moscow’s Gorky Park, which must be completed by May 2019 and will be exhibited for up to twelve months.

Currently the only program of its kind in the country, the Garage grants program was launched in 2012 in order to support emerging artists. By allowing artists a period of financial independence, the program enables them to become more deeply engaged in creative activities, to grow professionally, and to conduct research.

 

GARAGE PUBLISHING

VLADIMIR SALNIKOV. PICASSO’S NEVER HEARD OF US

VLADIMIR SALNIKOV. PICASSO’S NEVER HEARD OF US

Picasso’s Never Heard of Us is a collection of articles on the culture of the four decades from the 1960s to the early 2000s by artist and critic Vladimir Salnikov. Mixing analysis with autobiographical elements, the book offers the reader an opportunity to revisit each decade and see it from the point of view of a contemporary observer and a participant in many of the events described.

Salnikov’s writings look into a wide variety of art phenomena, from various periods in the history of twentieth century art (and post-war art in particular) to selected artists of various generations, exhibitions and new trends, strategies and movements that emerged in Russian art.

The book is part of the GARAGE.txt program. Launched in autumn 2016, it is Russia’s first long-term program supporting new research in the field of contemporary art and humanities. The program offers support to authors writing on contemporary art and culture in Russian.

 

 

CREDITS: Photo: Aleksey Narodizkiy, © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art; Marcel Broodthаers. Poetry and images exhibition at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2018, Photo: Ivan Erofeev, © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art; Maria Gilissen-Broodthaers and Magalí Arriola at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, September 2018, Photo: Mark Boyarsky, © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art; Photo: Anton Donnikov, © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art; Idea for cover image: Haim Sokol; The Fabric of Felicity exhibition at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Moscow, 2018, Photo: Ivan Erofeev, © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art; Photo: Ivan Erofeev, © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art; © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

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