RAAN brings together archive collections devoted to postwar Soviet art and Russian contemporary art. Garage Archive Collection contains materials from the Russian press, the archives of Moscow’s first private galleries, and the personal archives of artists, collectors, and curators. The collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum includes several archives on Soviet nonconformist art collected by Norton and Nancy Dodge. The Bremen archive features materials from and about artists who emigrated from the Soviet Union.
At present, most of the archive’s catalogue is in Russian.
Garage Archive Collection is a center for the study of Russian contemporary art in an international context. The collection is continually developing thanks to gifts and acquisitions, including materials from galleries, the personal archives of artists and collectors, and the findings of Museum staff.
Over 600 personal archives, including those of Soviet Nonconformist artists, writers, and poets, provide insight into informal artistic circles in the Soviet Union and place them within the context of the international art scene from the 1950s to the 1980s.
The collection illuminates a variety of unofficial artistic activities in Moscow, St. Petersburg (Leningrad), and the former Soviet Republics, providing insight into the personal, social, and institutional conditions under which the artists worked