Garage Museum, Moscow: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova and her husband Roman Abramovich, has gained strong popularity and interest from Russian and international art lovers. Similar in some ways to Guggenheim Museum in New York and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Garage owns a huge collection of Russian documentary materials relating to contemporary art and the largest specialized library, dedicated to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Last week we visited Garage’s exhibition named “Proof” and caught sight of Yin Xiuzhen’s “Slow Release” installation (on the photo above). Among artists presented, there were Francisco Goya (1746-1828), Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948), and Robert Longo (1953-). So what unites these three artists from different times and continents? The answer is: their rebellious spirit which pushed them to fight social norms, dogmas, and commonness. Their innovative approach to art allowed them to create outstanding works which deeply reflect their worldview in times of the turbulent transition from one century to another.

Robert Longo, who was curating the exhibition, along with Garage chief curator, Kate Fowle, opened to the public 43 of Eisenstein’s sketches from the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art that have not been exhibited before. Moreover, there were seven of Eisenstein’s films that were projected in slow motion, giving audience a chance to appraise each frame of them. Spanish painter Francisco Goya had a great influence on Robert Longo as well. His black and white works  became an important element in this exhibition, considering its relation to the Russian Revolution.


Photos by Alexey Narodnitsky