Dasha Zhukova's Garage Art Space to Park a Satellite in St. Petersburg

Dasha Zhukova's Garage Art Space to Park a Satellite in St. Petersburg
That Dasha Zhukova is one busy heiress. In recent weeks the wealthy Russian art patron has stepped down from her editorial post at Britain's Pop magazine, joined Larry Gagosian and an all-star Silicon Valley team to launch the curated online art-sales site Art.sy, and made a flurry of much-photographed appearances at Art Basel Miami Beach parties. Now she's become swept up in her boyfriend Roman Abramovich's plan to create and island for art in St. Petersburg, announcing that her Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow —which recently lost program director Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst to Pace Gallery — will be expanding to open a satellite on the billionaire's New Holland Island development.

While rumors have circulated this year that the Garage — which is leased from the Russian capital's Federation of Jewish Communities, with that lease known to have an approaching expiration date — was closing, Zhukova has also released a program for the Moscow space's 2011 program. The shows will include "New York Minute," a survey of art being made in the American metropolis today that is curated by the Hole's Kathy Grayson, and which was shown last year at Rome's MACRO Future space; "The Museum of Everything," a popular touring farrago of non-traditional work by self-taught artists that was created by folk art evangelist James Brett; and "Cuba in Revolution," an exhibition of photographs from the 1950s uprising that led Fidel Castro's Communist forces to power.

While the varied slate suggests that the Garage will remain in its former garage space designed by Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov, one thing is for certain: there's an opening for a very plush curatorial position in Moscow in the wake of the departure of Dent-Brocklehurst, who will be helming Pace's new planed London gallery.