Three reasons why you should visit the Garage art museum in Moscow

Three reasons why you should visit the Garage art museum in Moscow

Decked out in polycarbonate

Text: Varsha Sivaram

Image: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Reopened in a former Soviet-era canteen, this contemporary art museum is chock-full of the quirky and mysterious. We round up three reasons why it’s worth a visit

1. Its construction is an almost paradoxical meeting of the old and new
The silvery-grey polycarbonate shell that wraps the reopened Garage Museum looks modern, but the original building encapsulated within has been preserved. The man behind the enigmatic building, Dutch architect Rem Koolhas, went about "not restoring the building, but preserving its decay." It's an inventive concept, and we're on-board with seeing it in person.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

2. There's lots to do 
With five exhibition galleries, an auditorium, a resource room, and education spaces, the Garage museum has a variety of areas to keep visitors busy. Along with a café and a bookshop, the museum is an ideal destination for any art aficionado looking for a day out.

3. Yayoi Kusama's polka-dotted room of wonder
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is showcasing her first solo exhibition in Moscow at the Garage Museum, and we have our eye on two of her stunning works. Guidepost to the Eternal Space is an entirely red space covered in white polka dots, with strange structures littered across the room. designed by Kusama to warp viewers' perception.

Guidepost to the Eternal Space (2015) by Yayoi Kusama

Another Kusama intallation on show that has us itching for a trip to Moscow is Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away. Thousands of miniature lights are cast on each other against mirrored walls to create a dazzling constellation. If you're looking to view all of Kusama's works, they'll be on exhibit till 9 August.

More details about the The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art can be found here.