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October 19, 2012

Talking art with Daria Kotova and Andrey Misiano who tonight unveil the boundary pushing Moscow art hub's temporary new space

  • Text by Satellite Voices

Guest Feature by Kristi Gushiken

As long time fans of the Russian progressive art hub Garage, Satellite Voices took a moment to chat with Garage’s curators Daria Kotova and Andrey Misiano to discuss recent developments and their much-anticipated relocation to Moscow's iconic Gorky Park.

Satellite Voices: Could you tell us about your transition to Gorky Park?
Daria Kotova: We made the decision to move to the more central location of Gorky Park in early 2012 because it offers us an unprecedented chance to extend our cultural program outside the building and reach a much wider audience. Garage will be unveiling its new temporary pavilion in Gorky Park, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, this evening, October 19. The pavilion, situated on the park’s Pionersky Pond, will include a café and shop, as well as 800 square meters of exhibition space. 

SV: What sort of programming or works will be exhibited at the temporary pavilion?
Daria Kotova: Our first exhibition within our new space is entitled "Temporary Structures in Gorky Park: From Melnikov to Ban", will open on October 20. It is an archival exhibition revealing the profound history of structures created in Gorky Park since the site was first developed to hold the All Russian Agricultural and Handicraft Exhibition in 1923, and will then move through the Russian avant-garde period to finish with some of the most interesting contemporary unrealized designs created by Russian architects today.

SV: Sounds like an appropriate homage to your new home. What was the curatorial process like?
Andrey Misiano: The curatorial process had some similarity with archival work because of the time involved. We have been working on exhibition for last eight months. As one of the co-curators, I think the core concept, the role of Garage in the tradition of temporary architecture in Gorky Park, is quite meaningful.

SV: Can you divulge any other future plans or developments in the works?
Daria Kotova: In addition to our new temporary pavilion, we are developing a new permanent home on the site of Gorky Park’s famous concrete 1960s Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) restaurant, a prefabricated concrete structure that has been derelict for more than two decades. Designed by Rem Koolhaas’s OMA, the 5,400 square meter interior will incorporate Soviet-era design elements and include two levels of exhibition galleries, a creative center for children, roof terrace, shop, café, learning facilities and offices. OMA is collaborating on the project – due to be completed in 2013 – with the young Russian practice Form Bureau.

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