• Giorgia Nocera

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art: grants for researchers writing in Russian

The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage in Moscow, which gave the museum its name. The institution moved to Gorky Park in 2012, where for several years it was housed in a temporary pavilion and in 2015 it has been moved in its permanent space designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. The building is a place for exhibitions and public and educational programming.

Garage is the first and only Russian organization whose mission is focused on public engagement, diversity, sustainability, accessibility, and philanthropy in the region. It is the first philanthropic institution in Russia to create a comprehensive public mandate for contemporary art with an extensive program of exhibitions, events, education, research, and publishing, which reflects current developments in Russian and international culture. It also is the only public archive in the country related to the development of Russian contemporary art from the 1950s through to the present.


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art [photo: Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art]


GARAGE.txt is the first long-term Russian program supporting academic research in art and culture that offers funding for new projects by Russian and international researchers writing in the Russian language, as well as opportunities to publish completed manuscripts.

Applications can present original studies by individual or collective authors in the history and theory of art in the 20th and 21st centuries, aesthetics, new media theory, the sociology of culture, critical theory of contemporaneity, and the history of Russian contemporary art. The minimum age to apply is twenty-five years old and the text presented should not exceed 320,000 characters. Any nationality can apply to the initiative, as long as the project is written in Russian.

Within Director Series—a new section of Garage’s publishing program introduced this year, the Museum also accepts for competition research projects dedicated to professional biographies of prominent art museum directors, whose personal charisma and talented management have decisively influenced both the performance of the cultural institutions they lead and the history of museum studies in general.

The winning author is guaranteed payment of a fee, and the Museum undertakes to provide full funding for the preparation and printing of the publication. Garage reserves the right for the literary editing of texts with the subsequent consent of authors.

GARAGE.txt’s previous winners include:

  • Vladimir Salnikov’s collection of articles Picasso Has Never Heard of Us, edited by Irina Gorlova, which includes reflections on the culture of the four decades from the 1960s to the early 2000s;

  • Yanina Prudenko’s study on Soviet cybernetic art and Soviet cybernetics in general, Cybernetics in Humanities and Arts in the USSR;

  • Katarina Lopatkina’s research Bastards of Cultural Relations exploring the system of international artistic contacts in the USSR from the 1920s to the 1950s;

  • Eternity Is Endless Because It’s Reckless. Andrei Monastyrsky and Collective Actions - an intellectual dialogue between the classics of Moscow Conceptualism: Andrei Monastyrsky and Viktor Agamov-Tupitsyn;

  • Curator Alisa Savitskaya and artist Artem Filatov’s study A Brief History of Street Art in Nizhny Novgorod.

Winners of the 2020 grant program will be announced in mid-December. Please check Garage website for updates.

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