Each relatively compact exhibition serves as something of an index of current and future modes to be drawn out over the coming months, years, decades, and—if all goes according to plan—centuries. They feature strong participatory components that resonate with a post-Soviet generation seeking more emotional than confrontational entry points into art.
Meanwhile, deep dives into the Garage Archive Collection—the foundation of materials tracing Russia’s unofficial art from the 1950s to today, on which this non-collecting museum has been built—offer local context to those visiting Moscow from afar. For locals and internationals alike, the archive is also a key point of reference as to where Garage seeks to position itself within the existing history of cultural exchange between Russia and the West. Spurred by contemporary art’s ability “to record the moment in which it was created,” Zhukova says the museum’s new, permanent location in Gorky Park, “in the center of the city, will help us to bring more of those who already love art into the institution,” as well as “others who may not yet.”