TBA21, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) is a leading international art and advocacy foundation created in 2002 by the philanthropist and collector Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, representing the fourth generation of the Thyssen family’s commitment to the arts and public service. The TBA21 Foundation—based in Madrid and Vienna—stewards the TBA21 Collection and its outreach activities, which include exhibitions, public programming and partnerships with other cultural and civic institutions.
In 2011 TBA21 established TBA21–Academy, a cultural ecosystem fostering a deeper relationship to the Ocean through the lens of art to inspire care and action. For a decade, the Academy has been an incubator for collaborative research, artistic production, and new forms of knowledge by combining art and science, resulting in exhibitions, research, and policy interventions. In 2019, two initiatives launched as part of the program to share its research and practice with the wider public: the physical venue Ocean Space in Venice, and the digital platform Ocean Archive. Since 2021, the Academy has been involved as an endorsed project in the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030), helping to shape the EU’s Horizon Europe Mission Healthy Oceans and taking an active part in developing the vision for the Bauhaus of the Seas network.
TBA21 is continually extending its advocacy work by sparking new collaborations across the arts, humanities and sciences, partnering with other research and educational organizations, and municipalities and communities around the world.