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Moscow’s Garage Museum launches Russian art triennial

On the centennial of the 1917 Revolution, the young museum hopes to spur the country’s next generation of avant-garde artists

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art announced on Thursday, 9 June that it will launch a triennial contemporary art exhibition next spring. Dubbing the show “the first triennial dedicated to Russian art”, the exhibition is due to feature work made in the last five years by artists from across Russia.

“Launching in 2017—the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution—this radical statement, capturing the zeitgeist of the newest generations of practitioners in the country, offers a fresh perspective on social and cultural tendencies from a place that is largely unknown for contemporary art,” the press release says, setting a high bar for its success: “Just as the Revolution encouraged Russia’s first avant-garde, Garage is looking to spur the next.”

Only eight years old itself, Garage Museum opened in a new building last summer designed by Rem Koolhaas, in Moscow’s Gorky Park. Formerly the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, the museum is supported by its principle patrons, Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich.

The transition to museum saw Garage bring on curator Kate Fowle, and shift its focus to promoting Russian art in general. Fowle “will head the Triennial alongside a curatorial team comprising Garage curators Katya Inozemtseva, Snejana Krasteva, Andrey Misiano, and Sasha Obukhova”.