GARAGE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART PRESENTS: DEAR VISITORS…
June 8–August 26
To mark the 10th anniversary of Garage, the exhibition Dear Visitors… celebrates the key participant in all Garage programs: the museum visitor. It will feature new works created using audience data.
Since it opened, Garage has communicated with visitors through invigilators, guides and mediators, guestbooks, and polls. Each part of the exhibition will be based on one of these sources of information. In the Glass Room, Russian artist Ekaterina Muromtseva will create a total installation drawing on over forty guestbooks containing both dry, critical, elaborate, and poetic reviews of past exhibitions. Based on her analysis, Muromtseva has defined several types of visitors, whose character will be reflected in a number of art objects.
A collective project by the team at Garage, based on Museum polls, will be presented on the Mezzanine. Using infographics and other visual media, the team will create a sociological portrait of the visitor, which will evolve as the Museum grows.
The collective Theatre of Mutual Operations and playwright Natasha Borenko will stage a new project based on dozens of interviews with Garage staff, in which invigilators, guides, and security officers were asked to talk about their strangest interactions with visitors. The first project to be shown in the Museum’s cloakroom, it will consist of two parts: an interactive installation and performances reconstructing some of the curious episodes that have taken place at Garage.
Dear Visitors… is curated by Andrey Misiano, Research Curator, Garage
Ekaterina Muromtseva (b. 1990, Moscow) lives and works in Moscow. After completing a philosophy degree at Moscow State University in 2012, she studied classical drawing and painting and in 2014 attended contemporary art courses at Open Workshops, Moscow Museum of Modern Art. From 2015 to 2017, she studied documentary photography and video in the classes of Igor Mukhin and Kirill Preobrazhensky at the Rodchenko Art School in Moscow. She has had solo exhibitions at the former Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, 2015) and XL Gallery (Moscow, 2017). Group exhibitions include: 8th Level, Winzavod Center for Contemporary Moscow (2017); World Biennial Exhibition of Student Posters and Photography, Novi Sad (2017); 7th f/stop Photography Festival, Leipzig (2017); Voices, A3 Gallery, Moscow (2015); and Reservation, Artplay, Moscow (2014). She lives and works in Moscow.
Theater of Mutual Operations is an open collective of three artists and a producer: Lyosha Lobanov, Ksenia Peretrukhina, Shifra Kazhdan and Alexandra Mun. The visual component plays a key role in the group’s independent theater projects, which are produced without the authoritarian figure of a director. The group is currently collaborating with playwright Natasha Borenko. Theater of Mutual Operations presented its debut show, The Museum of Extra-Terrestrial Intervention, in 2016. It was featured at the NET Festival in Motascow in 2017 and was nominated for the Golden Mask 2018 Award for Experimental Work.
Natasha Borenko (b. 1986, Novosibirsk) is a playwright. She lives and works in St. Petersburg. After studying psychology at Novosibirsk State University, she completed an MA in Dramaturgy at the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts and studied at the School of Theater Leaders, Meyerhold Theater Center, Moscow. Her plays have been staged in St. Petersburg, Kemerovo, Perm, Izhevsk, and Ulan-Ude and shortlisted for a number of awards, including Lyubimovka, First Reading, and A. M. Volodin Five Evenings Festival. She has also developed documentary, social, and participatory projects in St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, Tomsk, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. From 2015 to 2016, she curated projects at the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.
GARAGE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is a place for people, art, and ideas to create history. Through an extensive program of exhibitions, events, education, research, and publishing, the institution reflects on current developments in Russian and international culture, creating opportunities for public dialogue, as well as the production of new work and ideas in Moscow. At the center of all these activities is the Museum’s collection, which is the first archive in the country related to the development of Russian contemporary art from the 1950s through the present. Founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich, Garage is the first philanthropic organization in Russia to create a comprehensive public mandate for contemporary art and culture. Open seven days a week, it was initially housed in the renowned Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage in Moscow, designed by the Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov. In 2012 Garage relocated to a temporary pavilion in Gorky Park, specifically commissioned from award-winning architect Shigeru Ban. A year later, a purpose-built Education Center was opened next to the Pavilion. On June 12, 2015, Garage welcomed visitors to its first permanent home. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and his OMA studio, this groundbreaking preservation project transformed the famous Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) Soviet Modernist restaurant, built in 1968 in Gorky Park, into a contemporary museum.
Garage is a non-profit project of The IRIS Foundation.
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As part of the strategic partnership between UNIQLO and Garage, a series of special events and activities are held. Garage and UNIQLO has launched UNIQLO Free Friday Nights, continuing the tradition of free admission for all visitors every Friday evening at such key art institutions as MoMa in New York and Tate in London. Garage visitors can enjoy free admission to all exhibitions every Friday between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Garage Lounge Zone opened at the UNIQLO Atrium store, Moscow, in 2017. Customers can immerse themselves in the art world with books and magazines about art, fashion, and contemporary culture. The zone is also a space for free lectures and master classes, as well as special projects by Garage.
PIK is the largest real estate development company in Russia. Constructing modern and comfortable homes, it sets a new standard for architecture and quality of life. PIK is known for clean, minimalist design with a few bright accents. Inviting emerging architecture studios to design its facades, and combining their input with its own technical expertise, the company offers new solutions for urban construction.
As partners, PIK and Garage will join forces and expertise to create public spaces that will be comfortable and interesting for all visitors. When they buy a new home, PIK customers will receive a free GARAGE card that will grant them free priority admission to Garage’s exhibitions and special events, as well as discounts at Garage café and Bookshop for one year. Garage visitors will be able to take part in events organised with PIK’s support.
Ingosstrakh has been a major player in both the Russian and international markets since 1947. The company is the national leader in Russia based on total insurance premiums in the voluntary insurance sector (not including life insurance). Ingosstrakh is authorized to handle all types of insurance services (in accordance with the insurance company’s specialization) specified in Article 32.9 of the Insurance Law of the Russian Federation, as well as reinsurance services. For many years, Ingosstrakh has provided insurance services for important works of art and other valuable historical objects. The company has 149 locations throughout Russia, as well as branches and subsidiaries worldwide.
Ingosstrakh is the Official Insurance Partner of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art for the second year running. For Ingosstrakh, the partnership with Garage is an important stage in expanding cooperation with leading museums in Russia and across the world. The company insures the artworks exhibited and, jointly with the Museum, implements a wide range of special programs for visitors.
BMW GROUP RUSSIA
BMW Group has had a presence in the art world for many years thanks to its BMW Art Car project that lists artists like Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and César Manrique among its participants. Since racing driver and art enthusiast Hervé Poulain invited Alexander Calder to paint the first car in 1975, some of the world’s biggest artists have created nineteen unique designs based on the company’s models. BMW Group is also a long-time partner of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and has organized long-term projects in collaboration with Tate Modern in London and the National Gallery in Berlin.
Garage helps to promote art and culture and inspire millions of people to discover new things. For BMW Group, which celebrated its centenary in 2016, the partnership with Garage is a wonderful opportunity to support contemporary art. Starting from 2017, BMW Group supports one of the Museum’s main programs, offering Art and Technology grants to contemporary artists.