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Iris Foundation Visit New spaces Gorky Park Temporary pavilion

Founded by Dasha Zhukova in 2008, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture is a major non-profit international project based in Moscow, dedicated to exploring and developing contemporary culture. Garage aims to bring important international modern and contemporary art and culture to Moscow, to raise the profile of Russian contemporary culture and to encourage a new generation of Russian artists. These aims are explored through a series of exhibitions, ranging from major surveys of important collections to single-artist retrospectives and surveys and group exhibitions. Garage also hosts a strong program of special events including talks, film screenings, workshops, performances and creative activities for children and young people.

Garage recently relocated from the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage to a new site in Gorky Park, Moscow, which is currently being developed by Rem Koolhaas’s OMA to be opened in 2013. In the meantime, the first phase of its program in the park will launch in summer 2012 in a temporary pavilion designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. In the longer term, Garage plans to develop an 8,500 square meter hexagonal pavilion in the park. This historic 1920s structure, which consists of six sections built around a central courtyard, was first constructed to house the first All-Union Agricultural Exhibition, but it later became a pre-war exhibition space for soviet artists. The development will become one of the most important non-profit international contemporary art sites in Moscow, with international standard gallery facilities and areas dedicated to education and learning.