Nomadic arts curator Kate Fowle loves Moscow’s dynamism
Born in Reading, just outside of London, Kate Fowle has already worked in several countries. She was an international curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, and ran one of the first master’s programs in curating in the U.S. before finding her place as the chief curator at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.
I really like the neighborhood because it’s walkable and I enjoy the flexibility to move about without using public transport or cars, because we spend enough time in traffic anyway. I really like the fact that you can go sit at the pond and I’m into running. It’s an area where you can actually go outside and you don’t have to actually do anything to be outdoors and enjoy it.
It’s a cocktail bar but they have a great breakfast there. I’ve had a few work meetings there because we like to put Garage visitors up in a nearby hotel. It was extremely popular last year, so often in the evenings it was so loud that it wasn’t working, but it’s getting a little bit quieter now. Pinch, 2 Bolshoi Palashevsky Pereulok, Metro Tverskaya
I first saw it when I came for an interview with Garage in 2012. There was basically a bit of market, a whole lot of shutdown places, it was like a kind of wasteland. And now there’s a gradual development that kind of goes back to what the plans were in the 1960s. For me it’s just interesting because it’s one of the places to watch how a city redevelops its leisure time and how that works. VDNKh, Metro VDNKh
What I love about it is that summer here is the best kept secret, summer here is better than in many, many places, because there’s so much open space. It’s a very green city for a city of this density. And in four years I saw this place inventing and reinventing itself, constantly in transition.
For Kate Fowle, one of Moscow’s attractions is that it does not conform to common stereotypes.