Moscow’s Garage Museum Teams Up with Rutgers University to Digitize Collection

The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow is collaborating with Rutgers University’s Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to digitize its Moscow Archive of New Art (MANI), which comprises materials such as manifestos, art theory writings, photographs, and original artworks produced by Moscow artists between 1980 and 1982. The collection, which is housed at the Zimmerli Art Museum, is part of the Russian Art Archive Network, the Garage’s online catalogue of more than fifty thousand documentary materials related to the history of Russian contemporary art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

“Our partnership with the Zimmerli Art Museum represents a major addition to RAAN,” the Garage’s director, Anton Belov, said in a statement. “Countless students of art history around the world have already used RAAN for their papers, or for their own curiosity, and the addition of MANI enriches our holdings in a crucial period at the eve of glasnost.”

Among the new materials to become available online are documents chronicling the activity of the Moscow Conceptualists. The complete four-volume archive of MANI was edited by artists Andrei Monastyrsky, Vadim Zakharov, Viktor Skersis, Elena Elagina, Igor Makarevich, Anatoly Zhigalov, and Natalia Abalakova.

In addition, the Garage is working with the Research Center for East European Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany, on digitizing a collection devoted to philosopher Boris Groys and journalist Natalya Nikitina. In 2019, the institution will announce more partnerships with regional museums across Russia.