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Garage Center for Contemporary Culture


Founded by Dasha Zhukova in 2008, the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture is a major non-profit arts project located in Gorky Park in Moscow. With the aim of bringing high-level, international, contemporary art to Moscow, Garage is on a mission to raise the profile of Russian contemporary culture internationally and encourage a new generation of Russian artists to be part of the international art scene.

The venue is currently being developed by Rem Koolhaas’s OMA, to be opened in 2013. In the meantime, the first phase of its program in the park will launch in September 2012 in a temporary pavilion designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Other temporary installations include the spectacular G Cafe (where Chef Denis Kalmis will soon be offering cooking classes) and the intriguing temporary bookshop (offering books for children and adults on art and culture in Russian and English as well as limited editions, post cards and gifts), both located on the banks of Pionersky Pond in Gorky Park.

This renovated, historic 1920s structure will become one of the most important non-profit international contemporary art sites in Moscow. At Garage, visitors will enjoy lectures, workshops, films and the Iris Foundation (a non-profit organization dedicated to promote the understanding and development of contemporary culture).

Until the 30 September, Garage presents quirky French filmmaker Michel Gondry’s extraordinary project, The Home Movie Factory, where participants can create their own short film. No special training is required and the movies shouldn’t take more than 3 hours to conceive. The project has already run successfully in New York, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paris and Rotterdam. It’ll be premiering for the first time in Russia.


Images: Nikolay Zverkov and Ben Pruchnie for Garage Center for Contemporary Culture