Garage Museum to Inaugurate First Russian Art Triennial in 2017

It launches a century after the Russian Revolution.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo courtesy Garage Museum.
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow. Photo courtesy: Garage Museum.

Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will organize a triennial exhibition devoted to Russian art, with the first edition occurring in 2017, the centennial of the Russian Revolution.

The curatorial team is made up of Garage chief curator Kate Fowle along with Garage curators Katya Inozemtseva, Snejana Krasteva, Andrey Misiano, and Sasha Obukhova. Slated for March 10–May 14, 2017, the show will survey new work by Russian artists, all made since 2012.

In their search for artists, the curators visited some 40 Russian cities, across a land where as many as 100 languages are spoken by people of no fewer than 200 nationalities.

Garage chief Curator Kate Fowle Photo: courtesy Garage Museum

Garage chief Curator Kate Fowle. Photo: courtesy Garage Museum.

In a statement announcing the exhibition, the curators point out that the rationale for the 2012 starting point was the highly contested 2012 presidential election, rife with complaints of what they delicately call “voting irregularities.” That election, of course, returned strongman Vladimir Putin to office, extending his command to the country to some 18 years despite international condemnation and widespread protest.

Dasha Zhukova attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Courtesy of Getty Images.

Dasha Zhukova attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Courtesy of Getty Images.

Founded in 2008 by collector Dasha Zhukova, the institution inaugurated a new Rem Koolhaas–designed facility last June. Zhukova, along with her husband Roman Abramovich, topped artnet News’ global roundup of top collectors in 2015.

The 2017 Russian Art Triennial adds to a crowded calendar of dozens of biennials, triennials, and quinquennials worldwide.


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