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Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Rockbund Art Museum: Art as a Form of Change

Nicholas Sterling


The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia, and Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, China, are two architectural jewels containing some of the best pieces of the world’s modern and contemporary art, and they represent a phenomenon of cultural liberalization and vibrant artistic growth.


Recently, many cities in Russia and China—nations that for decades were and somehow still are part of the world’s communist axis—have been opening modern and contemporary art museums.

There may be many theories and explanations for this phenomenon, but there’s no doubt it has a lot to do with prestige, notoriety and the intellectual behavior of new generations in both countries, who feel the necessity of opening to the world, after years of isolation. Not to mention the emergence of new well-to-do social classes that demand new stimuli no longer related to acquisition of luxury goods.
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All of this underscores the moral obligation of showing their fellow countrymen a form of art that has been denied to them for a long time.

The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia, and Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, China, are two architectural jewels containing some of the best pieces of the world’s modern and contemporary art, and they represent a phenomenon of cultural liberalization and vibrant artistic growth.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Designed by Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas, who transformed what was once a 1960s-era restaurant in Gorky Park into a modern museum. It opened in June 2015, sponsored by Russian businessman, Roman Abramovich and his wife, Dasha Zhukova. The structure retained some of the ornaments and mosaics from the Soviet era, as well as the brick, introducing modular spaces with sliding walls.
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Two exhibition areas show new works in an extensive program of exhibitions that reflects current cultural advances in Russia and internationally. The museum’s vast collection is the country’s one and only public archive of contemporary Russian art from the 1950s to present day. For more information, visit the museum’s official website at: www.garagemca.org

Rockbund Art Museum
Located on a beautiful promenade by the river Huangpu, in Shanghai, the museum itself is housed in an exquisite Art Deco building, which was renovated by British architect David Chipperfield before its opening in 2010. Rockbund Art Museum offers world-class programs and activities in a unique space, amidst the constantly expanding cultural scene of Shanghai.
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RAM’s curated programs feature Chinese and international artists, both acclaimed and emerging. Exhibitions reflect on the current challenges facing modern society. Every year, the museum presents a ground-breaking program of three exhibitions and a special project, “RAM Highlight,” which explores artists’ most ambitious projects. For more information, visit the official website at: www.rockbundartmuseum.org


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