Exactly one year ago, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art first opened the doors of its new home to the public. Since then, Garage has organized 19 exhibitions, which have been visited by over 600,000 people.
In addition to exhibitions, the museum has also launched inclusive programs and international publishing programs, and a wide range of public events, including the fifth international conference for art professionals. The Garage team has prepared a special program of exhibitions, readings, workshops, lectures, tours, and architecture walks inspired by Garage history to celebrate the first anniversary in the new building and open the summer season.
Recall that the Modernist building, formerly occupied by a restaurant—popular in the 1960s and later abandoned for 20 years—was reconstructed by Rem Koolhaas and OMA, an international leader in urban planning and cultural analysis. With 5,400 square meters spread over three floors, the building has five exhibition spaces, a glass room, an auditorium, a kids’ room, a bookshop, and a café.
Garage’s birthday celebrations will begin on June 10 with the opening of two exhibitions: Garage, Archived, devoted to the history of the building and the institution itself, and Urs Fischer’s Small Axe—the Swiss artist’s first solo exhibition in Russia. Apart from presenting sculpture and installations by the acclaimed artist, Garage invites the audience to take part in the making of a clay landscape on Garage Square in front of the building as part of Urs Fischer’s YES project.
Our youngest visitors are invited to take part in free weekend Open Workshops, explore the kids’ menu in our café and the children’s book section in Garage Bookshop.
Visitors can expect gifts and souvenirs as well as unique dishes in Garage Café from our chef Ilya Shalev throughout the three-day celebration.
Find out more about the museum’s anniversary program here.