The Reflexive Museum - lecture by Kate Fowle

ms², Ogrodowa 19
19 October 2016, Wednesday at 18:00 hrs, admission free

Lecture and meeting with Kate Fowle – chief curator of the Moscow GARAGE Museum of  Contemporary Art – will be interpreted into Polish.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art established in Moscow in 2008 is an example of a new-wave institution built at the turn of millennia in newly emerging (or recurring) global art centres. It was the first philanthropic project in Russia that enabled to build a museum of contemporary art from scratch and provoked questions concerning project sustainability in the face of social, political, and cultural transformations in the country.

Initially, its mission was to host international exhibitions in Moscow but over recent years the programme evolved to reflect the intention to become a place where people, art, and ideas create history together. The key to the project is the Museum’s collection: the only one in Russia archive open to the public that focuses on the development of Russian art as of the 1950s. The first permanent location of Garage in Gorki Park has become the most important space of – Russian and international - contemporary art and thought. What does this immediate success tell us about museum’s reaction to international expectations vis-a-vis contemporary art? What is the role of the need of permanent infrastructure and stable development perspective in the establishing of an institution of art?

Kate Fowle is the chief curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the director of Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. Previously she was  International Curator of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2007 – 2008) and a Chair of the Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice which she co-founded in 2002 at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Before moving to the United States she was co-Director of  Smith+Fowle in London. In the years 1994–1996 she was curator at the Towner Art Gallery and Museum in East Sussex.

She curated, inter alia, the following exhibitions: „Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo” (2016), „Rashid Johnson. Within Our Gates” (2016), „Louise Bourgeois. Structures of Existence: The Cells” (2015-2016), „Rirkrit Tiravanija: Tomorrow Is The Question” (2015), „The New International” (2014), and „John Baldessari: 1+1=1” (2013).

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