Opening: Garage Museum in Moscow

Rem Koolhaas, Dasha Zhukova, Anton Belov & Kate Fowle

The Wall Street Journal already devoted a cover story to the reopening of the Garage Museum in January, which—as we all know—has been a project helmed by Russian native Dasha Zhukova, who has made it her mission to connect relevant art with the Moscow metropolis. She picked a special location for the new museum: Gorky Park, a formerly run-down amusement park which now houses Rem Koolhaas’s luminous architectural masterpiece. After the Education Center was accommodated in an interim space in a temporary tent, its permanent home has now been fully renovated. The opening was celebrated with great fanfare, to which a folder bursting with press releases from the PR team can attest.

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The list of high-caliber artists being presented is long. Japanese avant-garde fixture Yayoi Kusama celebrates her first show in Moscow, which naturally includes the popular Infinity Mirrored Room–The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013). Paved with mirrors and thousands of small lights, the room is likely already in the running for Instagram’s favorite motif. German artist Katharina Grosse fills a remarkably large (800 square meter) hall with her colorful installation, Yes Now Why Later, which you can walk through. Rirkrit Tiravanija also offers an interactive experience with the help of Moscow Ping Pong Club (P.P.M.C.) by inviting visitors to a match as well as typical Russian dumplings called pelmeni. With Tomorrow is the Question, he mainly engages with the central hall that was conceived as a restaurant prototype in 1968. Rounding out the whole bandwidth is the Garage Archive Collection: The photographs of Russian underground artist George Kiesewetter, who contributed significantly to the national art scene in the seventies and eighties, have never been shown in this way.

Naturally, friends and supporters were keen to experience the program first-hand: At the opening dinner, Jeff Koons was spotted next to Klaus Biesenbach, Karlie Kloss, and Derek Blasberg. All opening shows can be seen until mid and late August. The summer program and further information are available here: www.garageccc.com