Moscow's Garage Museum moving to Rem Koolhaas-designed home

Garage Museum in Gorky Park, overview (Image courtesy of OMA)

Garage Museum in Gorky Park, overview (Image courtesy of OMA)


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Moscow's Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is headed to a new, permanent home -- a Rem Koolhaas-designed building in Gorky Park that updates a Soviet Modernist landmark.

Garage was founded in 2008 and initially housed in the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, designed by the Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov. In 2012, the museum relocated to a temporary pavilion in Gorky Park commissioned from Shigeru Ban. 

The museum's final exhibition in that space wraps up this weekend, after which operations will move to the new spot -- a renovated Soviet-era building that is set to open June 12.

Rem Koolhaas and his OMA studio are behind the new museum building -- in fact a preservation project that has transformed Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year), a Soviet Modernist restaurant built in 1968 and housed in a prefabricated concrete pavilion, into a contemporary museum.

The 5,400-square-meter building's unique silhouette is achieved by two vertically sliding panels that rise above a rooftop terrace. Its translucent facade, made from a double layer of polycarbonate, is elevated two meters from the ground to create a visual link between the inside of the museum and the park.

Koolhaas says of the preservation of Vremena Goda: "We were explore the qualities of generosity, dimension, openness, and transparency of the Soviet wreckage and find new uses and interpretations for them."

Among the first events planned is Japanese artist Yayoi Kasuma's first exhibition in Russia; the artist has also created a large-scale public work called "Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees" to lead visitors through Gorky Park.

In an exhibition by Buenos Aires-based Rirkrit Tiravanija, also his first in Russia, he'll invite audiences to particiate in works inspired by his experiences in Moscow -- such as Ping Pong Club tournaments and eating pelmeni (Russian dumplings).

A commission by Russian artist Erik Bulatov and a site-specific installation by German artist Katharina Grosse are also among the first offerings, while photographs by Moscow conceptualist George Kieswalter will offer a look into the city's 1970s-80s underground art scene and "The Family Tree of Russian Contemporary Art" will cover the creative networks in the Russian art world from the 1950s to 2010.

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