Learn to Play in Outdoor Experimental Environments

Interactive initiative “The Playground Project” at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Image via Garage Museum

Such mundane thing as playing outdoors can be a transformative experience if the recreational environment is well designed and thought out. The ongoing exhibition in Moscow's Garage Museum, curated by Gabriela Burkhalter, aims to show exactly that and focuses on the architectural phenomenon of playgrounds. Surprisingly, it may unite in its realization and implementation many things – the understanding of current socioeconomic conditions and reinvention of pedagogic standards, for example. The project, which began several years ago, is based on the collection and analysis of information on playgrounds from all over the world, designed between the 1950s and the 1980s.

Here in Moscow the exhibition will feature research materials on Soviet playgrounds, gathered specifically for this exhibition, as well as the reconstructed recreational zones, originally designed by French collective of architects Group Ludic, where kids can actually play. 

Eighty-seven museums and exhibition halls will be open and offering free admission during the New Year’s holidays of Jan. 2-8 in Moscow.  As part of this initiative, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will be celebrating an “Art Week” over the holiday period.