Garage Museum of Contemporary Art opens new building

Two weeks from today, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will open its new building to the public in Moscow’s Gorky Park. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and his OMA studio, it is a groundbreaking preservation project that has transformed the famous Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) Soviet Modernist restaurant, built in 1968, into a contemporary museum. OMA’s concept is pioneering in its approach to the renovation of late Soviet architecture because it makes very little visible intervention into the original concrete structure, as well as uniquely preserving of a number of Soviet-era elements—such as mosaics and brickwork—that have, until now, been accorded little architectural value or historic relevance. The 5,400 square meter building provides Garage with inventive opportunities for programming through five exhibition galleries, a double-height atrium, an auditorium, resource room, and education spaces, including a creative center for children, as well as a bookshop and café. On June 12, the Museum will celebrate the building’s completion by presenting exhibitions, performances, screenings, and events, including new projects by Erik Bulatov, Katharina Grosse, George Kiesewalter, Július Koller, Koyo Kouoh and Rasha Salti, Yayoi Kusama, Taryn Simon, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Anton Vidokle, and the Museum of American Art in Berlin.



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