Via C-Monster I learned that the celebrity girlfriend of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, Daria Zhukova, opened a major new Moscow art gallery billed as “Russia’s answer to London’s Tate Modern and New York’s MoMA.”
The most intriguing part for me is the building that will house the gallery:
A cavernous former bus depot in northern Moscow, the Garage gallery…
With gallery space measuring 8,500 square metres (91,490 square feet), Garage was built by avant-garde Russian architect Konstantin Melnikov in the 1920s and is considered a Constructivist masterpiece. (source)
So, I searched online and find these pics. I’ve always loved Melnikov’s architecture but this one is a very marriage of Melnikov’s love of geometric simplicity and industrial materials. The horseshoe shape is unique (good for museum branding I’m sure) and the building looks surprisingly contemporary–boy those early Soviets sure knew their architecture.
UPDATE: Thanks for a keen commenter on this blog I discovered this is the WRONG building…so I continue my search for Moscow’s new MoMA–stay tuned!!!
And a model of the building via the web: