Release of 05.10.2020

TBA21 presents 'How to Tread Lightly. st_age expanded, an exhibition' at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

How to Tread Lightly. st_age expanded, an exhibition. Installation view at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2020. Photo: Roberto Ruiz.

Artworks in the image: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Huertos de los ch’olti (Ch’olti Orchard), 2020. Virginie Dupray and Faustin Linyekula with Dorine Mokha, Lettres du Congo (Letters from Congo), 2020. Dana Awartani, Come, Let me Heal your Wounds, 2020.

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Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) presents How to Tread Lightly. st_age expanded, an exhibition, co-organized with the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, where it will be exhibited from October 6 to December 13, 2020.

How to Tread Lightly. st_age expanded, an exhibition reframes the challenges raised by the Covid-19 crisis in terms of supporting artistic practice. It not only asks how commissioning can be developed in a more caring and meaningful manner, but demonstrates how it can adapt to emerging scenarios. The exhibition, curated by Soledad Gutiérrez, is a physical-world extension of the artists’ projects currently being presented during Season 1 of st_age, an online commissions initiative launched in September 2020 by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21). 

A series of cinematic presentations, audio experiences and artificial intelligence works in the galleries of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza now represent transformations and translations of st_age episodes from a digital-first realm. Furthermore, several artists specifically conceived their st_age projects as pilots or trailers, and the exhibition space now hosts expanded versions through newly produced sculptures, drawings, textiles, and performances. st_age is an invitation to artists, institutions, practitioners, and activists to engage together with the current moment, and the many urgent issues that it has made more visible. How to Tread Lightly is just one possible version of the artists’ proposals in the physical world; it is also an invitation to others to further engage with them and the urgent issues they explore. 

For Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, founder of TBA21, both st_ageand now How to Tread Lightly, are manifestations of a vision of a new art world. “There is a critical need to shift and transform the structure of the arts ecosystem towards more social responsibility. This is a vision of more collaboration rather than competition, and of helping support artists at the very source of their practice,” she says. 

How to Tread Lightly also provides a wide overview of contemporary artistic practice by working with a new generation of artists within their communities and from diverse geographies. It invites artists to imagine potential futures and how we all might re-situate ourselves. It is a call for change and a call to action.

Following the collaborative thinking that triggered st_age, for How to Tread Lightly, TBA21 has joined efforts not only with the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, but also a whole range of inventive international partners and peers, from Khoj International Artists’ Association in India, to FLORA ars+natura in Colombia, the 13th Shanghai Biennale, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, and TBA21–Academy. The voices of these partners are present in the exhibition through the works they have co-produced, as well as through the public programs.

The challenge of conceiving an exhibition design that transplants st_age’s online seedlings into the spaces of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza has been realized by Enorme Studio, the Madrid based architecture group. A Mind Map of the entire project as it grows, designed in collaboration with Jotateam studio, is included in the exhibition to map out the connections between the commissions, related curatorial topics, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and the various Calls to Action that spring from st_age. 

Artists

Dana Awartani, Patricia Domínguez, Virginie Dupray and Faustin Linyekula with Dorine Mokha, freq_wave by Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Courtney Desiree Morris, Eduardo Navarro with BaRiya, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Christian Salablanca Díaz, Yeo Siew Hua, Himali Singh Soin with David Soin Tappeser, and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané.

 

How to Tread Lightly. st_age expanded, an exhibition

October 6 – December 13, 2020 

Curated by Soledad Gutiérrez

Exhibition co-organized with Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid 

 

Hours

Payment by credit card and/or in contactless mode.

Monday: from 12.00 to 16.00 (free entry)

Tuesday to Sunday: from 10.00 to 19.00

Saturday: from 10:00 to 21:00

 

Measures to guarantee a safe visit

The museum is prepared to welcome visitors by reducing visitor capacity in all galleries and other areas; placing disinfection mats at the entrance to the building; constantly disinfecting facilities and surfaces; installing protective screens at all visitor service desks; making alcohol-based hand sanitisers available to visitors; adapting all information so that it can be viewed and downloaded on mobile devices.

 

Notes to editors

Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza is the fourth generation of the Thyssen family committed to the arts. As the founder of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) she is a collector who forges relationships with contemporary artists through a program of commissions as the preferred method of adding works to the collection. These commissions are a reflection of her personal concern for the rapidly changing world we live in and the urgencies we face. She fundamentally believes in cultural diplomacy, which she learned from her father’s cultural exchanges with the Soviet Union in the 1980s during his, but has taken this practice to a whole other level by facilitating the foundation’s first commission in 2004, and taking the work of the foundation consciously into a practice of care and engagement. She later pushed the foundation into a further direction by supporting the creation of the TBA21–Academy as the exploratory soul of TBA21, a practice of artistic research focused exclusively on the oceans. 

 

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21)

This exhibition is part of an ongoing series at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza drawing from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary collection and its new commissions. TBA21 is committed to engaging with a growing local community of contemporary practitioners, educators, and audiences through an active program in Madrid. If we consider that art has the possibility to render the invisible visible, and at the same time imagine alternative futures, we can together create a roadmap of a more sustainable relationship with our direct environment, the city, and the planet. By doing this at the only museum in the world that combines four generations of collectors from one family, we can bring a unique program into a context that helps us understand the world we live in. It becomes the most direct conversation that we can have with history and the future. One should view the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection as a collective of energy, generationally driven, not simply a collection of artworks that span centuries.

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How to Tread Lightly. st_age expanded, an exhibition. Installation view at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2020. Photo: Roberto Ruiz.
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How to Tread Lightly. st_age expanded, an exhibition. Installation view at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2020. Photo: Roberto Ruiz.
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How to Tread Lightly. st_age expanded, an exhibition. Installation view at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2020. Photo: Roberto Ruiz.
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How to Tread Lightly. st_age expanded, an exhibition. Installation view at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2020. Photo: Roberto Ruiz.
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How to Tread Lightly. st_age expanded, an exhibition. Installation view at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2020. Photo: Roberto Ruiz.
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How to Tread Lightly. St_age expanded, an exhibition. Installation view at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2020. Photo: Roberto Ruiz.
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How to Tread Lightly. st_age expanded, an exhibition. Installation view at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2020. Photo: Roberto Ruiz. (. jpg )

Work in the image: Eduardo Navarro with BaRiya (Pratyush Pushkar and Riya Raagini), Octo-Durga, 2020.

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