‘I Have Long Been Worried About the Increasing Size of Art Museums’: Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova Discuss Garage’s New Home

unnamed (1)The cover story for next week’s WSJ. magazine has dropped, and it’s a lengthy profile of Dasha Zhukova and Rem Koolhaas ahead of their latest project: a new home for Zhukova’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Garage is named for its original home, a former bus depot and the new building will keep it near its current temporary space in Moscow’s Gorky Park. According to the story it is “a Soviet relic called Vremena Goda. The name means ‘seasons of the year,’ and it opened in 1968 as a model restaurant for the working masses.” It will feature a floor space of 58,000 square feet and open this June with a solo exhibition by Rirkrit Tiravanija.

The building sounds great:

Trailed by an entourage of young Russian art experts on the Garage team, we gingerly step over debris to enter the time-battered shell of the Brezhnev-era building. I’m immediately struck by its soaring ceilings and wraparound windows, which allow sunshine to stream in. The centerpiece is a crumbling mosaic, a kitsch-heroic Soviet image of autumn personified as a wild-haired woman, the last of the seasonal images to survive. Instead of erasing the building’s scars, Koolhaas has kept them as a central part of his design. “The building is basically a found object,” he says, pointing with approval at the battered pillars and gaping holes. “We are embracing it as it is.”

Read more at WSJ. magazine.

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