Power Play: The Garage brings Shigeru Ban’s cardboard construction to Moscow

Shigeru Ban’s temporary pavilion for the Garage, Gorky Park, Moscow

Yesterday ArtReview finally revealed its 2012 Power 100, after dropping hints along the way. We were impressed to see curators outnumbering collectors in the top spots this year.  Documenta’s Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev beat out dealer Larry Gagosian for the number one position, while only two collectors – Sheikha Al-Massaya bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Francois Pinault – cracked the top 25. (For the math, 11 of the top 25 were curators or institution directors, 7 were dealers, 2 sets of fair directors, 2 collectors and 3 artists.)

As promised, Pussy Riot made it just shy of the middle, holding the #57 spot. The only other Russian to make the list was Dasha Zhukova, who appeared solo at #85.

An installation view of the exhibition “Temporary Structures in Gorky Park: From Melnikov to Ban”

We know these numbers are always arbitrary, but perhaps results would have shifted had ArtReview waited a week. Today, Zhukova’s Garage takes another step in its plan to redevelop Gorky Park with the inauguration of a temporary pavilion  by Shigeru Ban.

According to the release sent out, the pavilion manages to erect 2,400 m2 of space in a building made with locally produced cardboard. (For more details on just how they did it, check out this video.)

The pavilion opens today with an exhibition surveying the history of temporary structures in Gorky Park, with documentation of projects from artists including Konstantin Melnikov (the architect responsible for the original Garage), as well as other work by such celebrated historical figures as Alexandra Exter, Aristarkh Lentulov, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, and Vera Mukhina. More information about the exhibition (including a peek at some of the exponents) can be found here.

Add to this a new publishing program and a series of grants for young artists and it looks like the Garage may give us more to talk about this year than Art and the Orthodox.

We congratulate the Garage team and send them all our best wishes with this and all their projects!

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