Muscovites petition against property developer sponsorship of Garage Museum

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Iwan Baan. Courtesy OMA

Moscow residents have launched a petition calling for the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art to drop sponsorship from Russian property developer PIK, following the company’s role in the reconstruction of several neighbourhood which is criticised for displacing residents, The Art Newspaper reports. The petition, addressed to the director of Garage Anton Belov and chief curator Kate Fowle, claims that ‘on the part of the PIK Group, this co-operation does not aim at improving the environment and people’s lives, but rather at obtaining super profits and enhancing its own image through the patronage of cultural projects. In our opinion, the partnership with PIK Group discredits the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and comes into direct conflict with the “goals and values in the field of social and environmental responsibility” declared by the museum.’

20 December 2018