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October 22, 2018

Rutgers University’s Russian Art Archive Added to Garage Museum’s Research Network

NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY—An archive of Russian art maintained by the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University has been added to the Russian Art Archive Network, an initiative by the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow to facilitate research of postwar contemporary art in Russia and former Soviet states. The Zimmerli’s Moscow Archive of New Art is the first international collection to be added to the network. The museum collaborated with the Garage Museum and the University of Bremen on RAAN’s launch in 2017.

RAAN currently provides public access to more than 56,000 items in the Garage Archive Collection, including videos and photographs, books, correspondence, press releases, and other materials related to the development of contemporary art in Russia. The Zimmerli’s MANI archive consists of manifestos, photographs, original artworks, and exhibition-related materials made from 1980 to 1982 by Moscow-based artists, poets, and art theorists, including many prominent Moscow Conceptualists.

In spring 2019, a collection of materials from philosopher and art historian Boris Groys and journalist Natalya Nikitina housed at the Research Center for East European Studies at the University of Bremen will be added to RAAN. Materials aggregated by RAAN will also be added to the database of the European Art Net, which also includes the archives of Documenta, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, and the Swiss Institute for Art Research, among others.

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