Temporary Structures Gorky Park – Moscow Exhibition

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture Moscow Temporary Structures, Gorky Park Design

Temporary Structures Gorky Park : Garage Center for Contemporary Culture

Moscow Pavilion Building, Russia – design by Shigeru Ban

22 Oct 2012

Temporary Structures in Gorky Park

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture

Garage presents a new exhibition Temporary Structures in Gorky Park: From Melnikov to Ban, to coincide with the opening of its new pavilion in Gorky Park

20 Oct – 9 Dec 2012

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture will present a new exhibition entitled Temporary Structures in Gorky Park: From Melnikov to Ban from 20 October to 9 December 2012 in a newly created temporary pavilion in Moscow’s Gorky Park, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Showing rare archival drawings –many of which have never been seen before – the exhibition will begin by revealing the profound history of structures created in the park since the site was first developed in 1923, before moving through the Russian avant-garde period to finish with some of the most interesting contemporary unrealized designs created by Russian architects today.

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photos © Nikolai Zherkov

By their nature, temporary structures erected for a specific event or happening have always encouraged indulgent experimentation, and sometimes this has resulted in ground-breaking progressive design. This exhibition recognizes such experimentation and positions the pavilion or temporary structure as an architectural typology that oscillates between art object and architectural prototype. In Russia, these structures or pavilions – often constructed of insubstantial materials – allowed Soviet architects the ability to express the aspirations of the revolution. They frequently became vehicles for new architectural and political ideas, and they were extremely influential within Russian architectural history.

This exhibition reveals the rich history of realized and unrealized temporary structures within Moscow’s Gorky Park and demonstrates important stylistic advancements within Russian architecture. Temporary Structures also reveals the evolution of a uniquely Russian ‘identity’ within architecture and the international context, which has developed since the 1920s and continues today.

To reflect the significant phases of the park’s history and the development of the different temporary structures, the exhibition will be presented within a chronological framework. Visitors will gain an understanding of the pioneering ideas that were being explored through structures which were erected in the park:

1. A Soviet beginning, 1922
2. All-Russian Agricultural and Handicraft Exhibition, 1923
3. Development after 1923
4. Opening the park, 1928
5. 1934-40
6. Development after 1943
7. Contemporary Russian temporary structures

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photos © Nikolai Zherkov

The exhibition includes multi-media and interactive elements, together with original video archival footage.

The exhibition will include work by architects, including Konstantin Melnikov, Ivan Zholtovsky, Alexey Shchusev, Vyacheslav Oltarzhevsky, Alexander Vlasov, Fyodor Osipovich Schechtel, Vladimir Schuko, Panteleimon Golosov, Ilya Golosov and Moisei Ginzburg. Also represented will be the artists and sculptors who were involved in the decoration of temporary structures, including Aleksandra Ekster, Alexander Kuprin, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Aristarkh Lentulov, Ignaty Nivinsky, Sergei Konenkov, Ivan Shadr and Vera Mukhina.

Garage pavilion in Gorky Park

Continuing a historic tradition of temporary architecture in Gorky Park, Garage has constructed a temporary pavilion designed by the renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The structure, located near the park’s Pionersky Pond, uses locally produced paper tubes to create an oval wall that will be 7.5 meters high. The total area of the pavilion will be 2,400 square meters and will include an 800 square meter rectangular exhibition space, a bookshop and a café, all within an oval exterior constructed from cardboard tubes. The pavilion will host exhibitions and educational activities until late 2013, after which time it will be dedicated to experimental projects.

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture

Opened in 2008, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture is a major non-profit international project based in Moscow, dedicated to exploring and developing contemporary culture as a platform for new thinking. Garage brings 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 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. In addition, there is a publishing program that is being developed.

Garage recently relocated from the Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage to a new site in Gorky Park, Moscow, which is currently being developed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA, to be opened in 2013. In the meantime, the first phase of its program in the park will launch in October 2012 in a temporary pavilion designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The structure uses locally produced paper tubes to create an oval wall that will be 7.5 meters high. The total area of the pavilion will be 2,400 square meters based on a rectangle within an oval. The pavilion will host exhibitions and educational activities until late 2013, after which time it will be dedicated on experimental projects.

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-Russian Agricultural and Handicraft Exhibition, but 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.

Garage is a project of The IRIS Foundation, founded by Dasha Zhukova.

The IRIS Foundation

The IRIS Foundation was founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and development of contemporary culture. The IRIS Foundation supports all activities of Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Russia and internationally.

Photo Credits

Exterior images and images of the entrance space:

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture’s Temporary Pavilion in Gorky Park, Moscow
19 October 2012
Photo: Nikolai Zherkov
(Copyright) Garage Center for Contemporary Culture

Interior exhibition images: Garage Center for Contemporary Culture
Temporary Structures in Gorky Park: From Melnikov to Ban
19 October 2012
Photo: Nikolai Zherkov
(Copyright) Garage Center for Contemporary Culture

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture Temporary Structures images / information received 21 Oct 2012

Shigeru Ban

27 Apr 2012

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture

REM KOOLHAAS’ OMA TO DESIGN NEW HOME FOR GARAGE IN MOSCOW

Today, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture unveiled concepts for a new building in Gorky Park, designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA.

Garage Gorky Park – due to be completed in 2013 – will be a renovation of the famous 1960s Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) restaurant, a prefabricated concrete structure that has been derelict for more than two decades. OMA’s design for the 5,400 square meter building includes exhibition galleries on two levels, creative center for children, shop, café, auditorium and offices. The design preserves original soviet-era elements – including a large mosaic, and decorative tiles and brick – while incorporating a range of innovative architectural and curatorial devices. OMA is collaborating on the project with the young Russian practice Form Bureau.

Garage Center for Contemporary Culture Gorky Park Moscow
image © OMA

Garage Gorky Park


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