Dasha Zhukova to Debut Moscow’s Rem Koolhaas–Designed Garage Museum June 12

Garage Gorky Park overview.
Photo: © Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Courtesy OMA.

Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, run by Dasha Zhukova, will celebrate the grand opening of its hotly anticipated new Rem Koolhaas–designed home in Gorky Park on June 12, a month into the Venice Biennale and a few days before the Art Basel fair. Koolhaas has been turned down for renovation projects at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, so perhaps Gotham’s loss is Moscow’s gain.

Founded in 2008 as the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, the Garage Museum has been planning its new home since 2012. In the meantime, it’s been located in a 25,000-square-foot pavilion designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, also in the Gorky Park neighborhood. Ban has built several other arts facilities, including the Aspen Art Museum, a Pompidou outpost in France, and the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts (see Shigeru Ban Will Build Tree-Filled Art Museum in Taiwan).

The new two-story facility clocks in at about 58,000 square feet of galleries, education facilities, an auditorium, and more. (While that’s bigger than the Ban building, it’s actually smaller than the original facility, a former bus depot, which is over 90,000 square feet.) The architect converted the space from a former restaurant that had been abandoned for 20 years. He has incorporated elements of the decaying structure, such as a crumbling mosaic, into his design (see Dasha Zhukova’s Rem Koolhaas-Designed Museum Will Capture a Moscow Moment).

The museum’s inaugural programming will include an enormous installation by Russian artist Eric Bulatov. Rirkrit Tiravanija will also be on hand with a large-scale project. In September, the Garage will hold the city’s first Louise Bourgeois retrospective, co-organized Munich’s Haus der Kunst.

The wife of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, Zhukova is also the editor-in-chief of Garage, an art and fashion magazine (see Is Dasha Zhukova Moving to New York?).

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