It was an old Soviet tradition: No national art exhibition in Moscow was complete without at least one work from every region.
Never mind that geographical balance often resulted in kitsch. Look at “The People’s Friendship Fountain,” for example, which dominates a major park here that is still called the Exhibition of the Achievements of the National Economy. (Soviet, or what?) The fountain consists of 16 gilded maidens, each in the national costume of one republic of the Soviet Union, proffering local bounty like wheat or corn.
So the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art faced a certain quandary as it took on the challenge of assembling the first representative sample of contemporary art today in Russia — did it have to be a traditional geographic catalog, or would some other criterion work for a country that covers 11 time zones. Read More via NYTimes.