Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

An expanding collection of Modern and contemporary art

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
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The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is a major art museum whose present location is in Gorky Park, Moscow, Russia. It is the permanent home of an expanding collection of Modern and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year.

The museum was established in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova as a non-profit project of The IRIS Foundation.

The Museum is the origin for the namesake of Garage Magazine, also founded by Zhukova, who was formerly editor-in-chief of Pop.

In 2015, the Museum moved to its current building, designed by architect Rem Koolhaas and utilizing the former structure of the historical 1968 Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) Soviet Modernist restaurant.

The Museum's collection is founded upon the private collections of Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich. The institution now serves as a major venue for exhibitions, events, art research, and publishing, with a stated purpose to reflect current developments in Russian and international culture as well as creating opportunities for public dialogue in Moscow. The Museum’s collection is said to be the first archive in the country focusing on the history of Russian Contemporary Art from the 1950s through the present.


The Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage

The Museum was initially housed in the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage (also in Moscow), designed by the Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov and from which the institution's name originates. This first venue opened in 2008 under the direction of Dasha Zhukova, in the newly renovated 8,500-square foot structure. Zhukova had obtained the lease of Konstantin Melnikov's constructivist landmark from its owners, the Federation of Jewish Communities, originally naming the museum space as The Garage Center For Contemporary Culture.

Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, architect Konstantin Melnikov and the engineer Vladimir Shukhov
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An invitation-only opening ceremony was held June 12, 2008 with a private performance by Amy Winehouse.

In its original location, the Garage Museum swiftly rose to prominence, showcasing work by artists such as Mark Rothko, Anthony Gormley, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, and Takashi Murakami as well as being the primary host to the Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, curated by Jean-Hubert Martin in 2009. During the Biennale, the Garage Museum brought in over 100,000 visitors each month.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
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The garage building as of 2012 is the permanent home of The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.

Present Location

In 2012, the Museum relocated to a temporary pavilion designed by architect Shigeru Ban in Gorky Park; in June 2015, the Museum officially opened its current permanent location.

Useful Information

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, also referred to as The GARAGE Museum
formerly The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture


All exhibitions — 400 rubles
(18–25 years old)
All exhibitions — 200 rubles
(11–17 years old)
All exhibitions — 100 rubles

Free admission:
GARAGE members
Children under 10
Visitors with disabilities, with one carer
Large families (three or more children)

Opening hours

  • Daily: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
  • Last admission 30 minutes before the Museum closes

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