Rashid Johnson: Within Our Gates, Moscow

The artist's biggest installation yet transforms Garage Museum of Contemporary Art into a forest

Moscow contemporary art museum Garage moved into its permanent home last summer: a derelict 1960s Soviet Modernist restaurant in Gorky Park, renovated by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA Design and now covered in a translucent polycarbonate façade. The spacious entrance hall—visible from all floors—has a unique job beyond greeting visitors. The Garage Atrium Commissions brings in artists to create new site-specific artworks that respond to the 9.5 …

Danaë by Vadim Zakharov

Installation at the Russian Pavilion makes it "rain" coins for the 2013 Venice Biennale

Greek mythology is the inspiration for the Russian Pavilion at this year’s 55th Venice Art Biennale, which is seen in “Danaë”—a provocative installation conceived by conceptual artist Vadim Zakharov and curated by Udo Kittelman, under the supervision of commissioner Stella Kesaeva. The rooms of the building (designed and built in 1914 and situated in the area of the Giardini) have undergone some structural changes to …

Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Moscow's interactive museum dedicated to video game nostalgia of the late regime

Six years ago two young friends from Moscow were reminiscing about a favorite stand-up arcade game from their youth in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Few are aware of the fact that while the Soviet Union was in its final days, its military factories were churning out arcade games with names like Морской Бой “Sea Battle” and снайпер “Sniper” that were strikingly similar to …