Artist's book. Thematic selection of the Garage Museum

This thematic selection by Garage features artist’s books, documents from the Museum’s collections related to the culture of samizdat in the Soviet period, and contemporary works that build on this culture. It also includes publications and printed materials (flyers, booklets, invitations) created by artists as artworks and designed for public and often non‑commercial distribution.

The selection covers a broad range of artist’s publications, archive materials, books and book objects, photo albums, and so on, in which artistic practices intersect with the culture of books and publishing and in some cases archival work. The featured publications reflect various approaches to working with manuscript and printed materials. They can be linked to strategies of archiving and self‑archiving in the unofficial artistic environment; formal experiments with books as cultural artifacts un the late 1980s and early 1990s; performative and activist practices of the post‑perestroika decades; and interest in new publishing formats, such as photobooks and zines, in the 2000s and 2010s.

Here you can manuscripts, albums, and anthologies by unofficial artists (Ilya Kabakov, Dmitri Prigov, Andrei Monastyrski, and Collective Actions); books from the “new wave” of the 1980s in Moscow ad Leningrad (publications by Toadstool Group and members of the New Artists movement); and materials by representatives of Moscow Actionism, the New Academy of Fine Arts, and Factory of Found Clothes.

The collection of zines published in Russian cities (Togliatti, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Moscow) over the past three decades numbers several hundred.

Artist’s books are represented by works by the leading lights of the genre, Leonid Tishkov, Mikhail Pogarsky, Vera Khlebnikova, and others, which exist in the Garage collection alongside those of the new generation of authors (MishMash, Pavla Markova, Aleksei Shchigalev) and books created specially for Garage as part of the project Single Copy.

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Smolensk Archive: A Different Local History, Russia

  • The Collection of Smolensk Archive: A Different Local History

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia

  • Nikolai Nasedkin archive
  • Documents of Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Projects
  • Documentation of Creative Projects by the Siberian branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
  • Leonid Bazhanov Collection
  • Alexandra Mitlyanskaya Archive
  • Documentation of Creative Projects by the Baltic Branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Tikhaya Studio, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

  • Tikhaya Studio Archive

Victoria Gallery, Samara, Russia

  • Victoria gallery archive

Yeltsin Center

  • Marina Sokolovskaya Archive

Centre for Culture CC19

  • Centre for Culture CC19 Archive

Nizhniy Tagil State Museum of Fine Arts

  • Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Arts Archive
  • Nizhny Tagil Artists’ Foundation

Togliatti Museum of Fine Art, Russia

  • Togliatti Museum of Fine Arts archive

Museum of contemporary art PERMM

  • Museum of contemporary art “PERMM” foundation

Archive of Contemporary Art in Krasnodar Krai

  • Archive of Contemporary Art in Krasnodar Krai
  • Sochi Art Scene Archive

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia

  • Alexander Kamensky archive
  • Alexei Shchusev archive (The Archive of the All‑Russia Agricultural and Artisanal Industrial Exhibition)
  • Boris Sveshnikov Archive
  • Vladimir Nemukhin Archive
  • Georgy Kursanov Achive
  • Igor Pyatkin archive
  • Margarita Masterkova‑Tupitsynа and Viktor Agamov‑Tupitsyn archive
  • Muza Yegorova (Yegorova‑Troitskaya) archive
  • Serge Sédrac archive
  • Sofya Adlivankina Archive
  • Francisco Infante‑Arana Archive
  • Archive of the New Drama movement (1990–2010s)
  • Archive of Prewar Soviet Periodical Literature About Japanese Contemporary Art
  • Garage Video Documentation
  • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art institutional archive
  • Garage Interviews
  • Sergei Gordeev Book Collection
  • L Gallery archive
  • Art Projects Foundation archive
  • Andrei Khlobystin archive
  • Vadim Zakharov archive
  • Viktor Pivovarov archive
  • Vladislav Mamyshev‑Monroe archive
  • Vyacheslav Kuristyn library
  • George Kiesewalter archive
  • Igor Makarevich archive
  • Igor Palmin archive
  • Joseph Backstein archive
  • Irina Aktuganova and Sergey Busov archive
  • Leonid Talochkin archive
  • Mikhail Nazarov archive
  • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art archive
  • Nina Zaretskaya (TV Gallery) archive
  • Sergey Chubraev archive
  • Stanislav Savitski archive
  • Garage Center for Contemporary Culture
  • Moscow Pallete Gallery archive
  • Shkola Gallery archive
  • Street art archive
  • Trips Out of Town archive and MANI Buchgalterium Anthology
  • Moscow Art Magazine archive
  • Vasily Sitnikov archive
  • Vladimir Alejnikov archive
  • Vladimir Supik Archive
  • Ivan Sotnikov Archive
  • Igor Mukhin Archive
  • Lena Popova Archive
  • Lyalya Kuznetsova Archive
  • Olga Danilkina archive
  • Archive of Sergey Borisov
  • Meyerhold Center Archive
  • Archive of Evgenii Garkusha’s project I Am Not An Artist
  • Andrei Monastyrski's video diary
  • Inclusive Practices in Culture
  • Artist's book. Thematic selection of the Garage Museum
  • Anthologies of the Moscow Archive of New Art (MANI)
  • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Theater Archive
  • XL Gallery archive
  • Galeev Gallery Archive
  • Gennady Prikhodko collection
  • Lyubov Gurevich Archive
  • Margarita Gromova archive
  • Natalia Kamenetskaya archive
  • Natalia Ovsyannikova Archive
  • Natalia Samkova archive
  • Oleg Karavaichuk Archive
  • Navicula Artis Gallery Archive
  • Aidan Gallery archive
  • Factory of Found Clothes Group/FFC archive

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, USA

  • Moscow Archive of New Art

The Research Centre for East European Studies (Forschungsstelle Osteuropa), Germany

  • Boris Groys and Natalya Nikitina archive
  • Igor Golomshtok archive
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