Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Garage publishes exhibition catalogues and books on contemporary art, architecture, cinema, theater, and photography. Most recently, the Museum has also been publishing original research based on the Archive Collection.

The first Garage publication was the catalogue for Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s 2008 exhibition marking the Museum’s opening in Konstantin Melnikov’s Constructivist former bus garage. Since then, the Museum has published over forty catalogues on artists—Anthony Gormley, Mark Rothko, John Baldessari, and Louise Bourgeois, among others—and group exhibitions, including Futurologia / Russian Utopias, The New Décor, 100 Years of Performance, Personal Choice, and Performance in Russia 1910–2010.

From 2012 to 2017, Garage published 130 books with an overall print run of 550,000 copies in collaboration with Ad Marginem Press by leading international theorists and cultural figures. Authors include Boris Groys, Gilles Deleuze, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Susan Sontag, Walter Benjamin, Claire Bishop, David Brooks, Victor Misiano, and László Moholy-Nagy. Special projects are also being launched as part of the program’s planned expansion, including the GARAGE PRO series, Minima series, Critical Biographies, and Plato and Co.

The Museum also conducts original research on lesser-known topics based on the rich resources of Garage Archive Collection. In 2012, Garage published Temporary Structures in Gorky Park: From Melnikov to Ban, followed in 2013 by Reconstruction, a two-part publication about the rich artistic life in Moscow from 1990 until the 2000s. In 2014, Garage produced publications to accompany the 100th anniversary of the opening the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, which was designed by renowned architect Alexei Shchusev.

In 2015 Garage launched its new international publishing program aiming to produce high-quality books in English which reflect both the Museum’s focus on archives and its exhibition program. In 2015, we published Grammar of Freedom/Five Lessons, a catalogue of the exhibition of the same name which, for the first time, presented Eastern European art as a narrative which incorporated Russian artists. In 2016, we published Exhibit Russia: The New International Decade 1986–1996, the first in a series of books which explores the history of postwar Russian art using materials from Garage Archive Collection. The book focuses on the decade which followed the adoption of the new policy of perestroika, showing how the Russian art scene connected to the rest of the world. The second book in our research series, also published in 2016, Access Moscow: The Art life of a City Revealed 1990–1999, focuses on the key role the first independent galleries played in the emergence of Moscow’s art scene in the 1990s.

In 2017 Garage launched two new series of publications–GARAGE DANCE, dedicated to the history of modern and post-modern dance, and GARAGE.txt, which will include books written in Russian on contemporary culture, by scholars who have been awarded through the Museum’s special grant program.