Created during lockdown, the new Garage, Museum of Contemporary Art project aims to support the artist community and redirect energies toward the production of new work. We looked carefully at how creative and intellectual circles reacted to the pandemic and followed the changes in the collective imagination invited by the radical rupture in our living conditions, which made many repeat the mantra that “the world will never be the same.” And although abstract discussion seems to be a thankless task, it is art which possesses the power of imagination, a resource in great demand today.

The exhibition that will result from this open call, which is an addition to the Museum’s existing exhibition program, aims to help the community and to produce and show works that explore the vast and intriguing territory of artistic speculation.

In its broad philosophical sense, speculation (from the Latin speculatio, “contemplation, observation”) means thinking theoretically. The exhibition based on this open call will be a dynamic platform for the presentation of a wide range of forecasts, visions, and scenarios, not only for the future but also including possible versions of past and present. Whether they focus on alternative economies or conspiracy theories, new modes of employment or social interaction, control systems or biopolitics, these absurd, fantastical, visionary, collectively imagined worlds can be utopian or dystopian, based on real economic, political, and social forecasts or rooted in paradoxical, irrational creative thinking.

Using the Covid-19 pandemic as a reference point, Garage invites artists and artist groups who live and work in Russia to assume any distance from the current situation  they feel comfortable with and envisage speculation as a way of interacting with our reality. Candidates may apply with existing work and with new projects, in various genres and media not limited to traditional exhibition formats.

Curators: Ekaterina Lazareva, Ekaterina Savchenko, Iaroslav Volovod.


  • July 15–September 1, 2020: open call
  • By November 1: winners announced
  • February–March 2021: exhibition at Garage

How to Apply

Applications must be in Russian and should include the following:

  • CV
  • Portfolio (optional)
  • Project description

For existing projects: description (up to 3,000 characters), photographs/ sketches/working drawings, exhibition history (where applicable), current location

For unmade/new projects: description (up to 3,000 characters), working materials/ sketches/working drawings, estimated budget and production timeline

From 20 to 25 projects selected through the open call will be presented in a group exhibition at Garage (300 m2 of gallery space). The format and type of display will be determined based on the works and projects selected. Each participant will receive an artist fee, a production budget (where applicable), and organizational assistance. The budget and production timeline for a work may be subject to revision by Garage in discussion with the artist(s).

Applications should be submitted by 1 September 2020 to