Today in Moscow took place a press conference of the Garage Museum, at which plans for the opening of a new building – the Hexagon pavilion in Gorky Park – were presented. The event was also attended by the co-founder of the museum, Dasha Zhukova, who arrives in the capital of Russia only for really weighty reasons.
The pavilion, which is also known as “Mechanization”, was built by the architect I. V. Zholtovsky back in 1923 for the first agricultural and handicraft exhibition. In the 1950s, part of the pavilion was transformed into a dance floor (you can see it in the film “I Walk Through Moscow”). The building also hosted exhibitions and a restaurant. Then the pavilion suffered from a fire and was in disrepair for a long time.
It was originally planned to house the Garage Museum in this avant-garde building when it moved from the Bakhmetyevsky bus garage to Gorky Park in 2012. But the building needed a full-scale restoration, so this project did not materialize. However, in 2013, Roman Abramovich, the co-founder of Garage and at that time Zhukova's husband (they divorced in 2017), bought the Hexagon and Seasons pavilions for $ 13.7 million. The latter was renovated by the architect Rem Koolhaas several years ago.
Now the reconstruction of the “Hexagon” is finally planned and its transformation into a new museum premises, where new exhibition halls, a library and a cafe will be located. The Japanese architectural bureau Sanaa is responsible for the project.
In its new function “Hexagon” will become a place for social interaction and display of a variety of artistic practices,
– said in a press release.
It is also planned to open a new entrance to the park next to the main building of the Garage Museum and the Hexagon.