Instagram exploded last night with images of the Dasha Zhukova’s Garage Center for Contemporary art as some of the art world’s favorite figures made the pilgrimage. Francois Pinault, Loic Gouzer and Xi Lin from Christie’s were there. Alex Branczik from Sotheby’s. Kim Heirston, Thaddaeus Ropac, Klaus Biesenbach, Jean Pigozzi and a host of others. The exhibition space also cannily opened with the world’s best crowd-drawing artist, Yayoi Kusama:
Rem Koolhaas and his OMA studio are behind the new museum building, actually a transformation of a prefabricated concrete pavilion that housed Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year), a Soviet Modernist restaurant built in 1968. A handful of exhibitions will be on show when the museum opens. In “Tomorrow is the Question” by Buenos Aires-based Rirkrit Tiravanija, his first exhibition in Russia, he’ll invite audiences to participate in works inspired by his experiences in Moscow — such as Ping Pong Club tournaments and eating pelmeni (Russian dumplings).
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama presents her first exhibition in Russia, called “Infinity Theory,” which includes installations, films and the large-scale public work “Ascension of Polka Dots on the Trees,” which will see trees in Gorky Park wrapped in red cloth decorated with white polka dots.
Garage Museum opening in its new home in Moscow (Yahoo News)