Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow - Russia

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow - Russia

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow - Russia
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow - Russia

The Museum's collection is the first archive in Russia dedicated to contemporary Russian art from the 1950s to the present day.

Garage's exhibition program introduces the Russian audience to the works of leading contemporary artists from around the world and presents contemporary Russian art in an international context.

Education is one of Garage's priorities. Every day, adults and children are welcome here for educational programs where you can discover contemporary art. Garage's training programs focus on contemporary art, architecture, curating, museum management and audience communication, providing participants with the opportunity to gain new skills and practical experience, as well as to gain a deeper understanding of the context that determines the functioning of cultural institutions. The Garage Library is the largest specialized library for 20th-21st century art in Russia.

In September 2015, Garage Museum was the first in Russia to open an inclusive program department aimed at visitors with disabilities and ensuring equal participation in events for all categories of citizens. Guided tours for blind and visually impaired visitors, as well as for visitors with hearing impairments, are organized on a regular basis. You might be interested in the article Barnaul Zoo in Altai Republic.

The center implements stunning large-scale projects - one of these is the video work by Christian Markley "The Clock". The film, assembled from excerpts with images of clocks in various films into a continuous 24-hour video, was shown in real time, synchronized with Moscow time.

The first Garage building was designed by the avant-garde artist Konstantin Melnikov and was built in the 1920s and belonged to the Bakhmetyevsky bus depot. The huge empty space was as if created for exhibitions and art venues. Trapezoidal building with a total area of 8575 sq. m, without partitions, can rightfully be called a "sample of pure form." The Bakhmetyevsky garage was visited by more than 1 million people during the existence of the exhibition space there. However, at the end of 2011, Garage announced it was moving to the Central Park of Culture and Leisure Gorky. And on June 12, 2015, the Garage Museum moved to a new building (the former Soviet restaurant Seasons). In the first three months of operation, the new building was visited by more than 200,000 people.

Today the Bakhmetyevsky garage houses the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.

Since that time, a new page in the history of Garage begins, which continues to strengthen its position in the field of creative experiments and educational initiatives. The pavilion, designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, houses an exhibition hall next to the Pionersky pond, and an educational center nearby. The space of the training center is easily transformed: children's lessons can be held in cozy rooms, and during lectures for adults, the pavilion turns into one hall and can accommodate up to 200 people.

There is also a bookstore at the museum, where you can buy publishing novelties, as well as souvenirs, gifts and collections of books and magazines on art, architecture, photography and design.

Educational programs for children include music courses, art therapy, architecture and photography classes. Courses usually consist of 10-20 lessons and cost an average of 8 to 15 thousand RUB.

Practical Information


The entrance fee is 500 RUB for adults, 250 RUB for students and 150 RUB for schoolchildren (11-17 years old). Children 0-11 years old, pensioners, large families, people with disabilities, museum staff can visit the Museum for free. There are special discounts for GARAGE card holders.

Museum opening hours: Monday-Sunday from 11:00 to 22:00 seven days a week.

Address: Moscow, st. Krymsky Val, 9, bldg. 32.

Prices on the page are for June 2020.

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