About Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

Susanne M. Winterling, Glistening Troubles, 2017
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection
Founded in 2002 by Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza in Vienna, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) represents the fourth generation of the Thyssen family’s commitment to the arts. As a foundation of contemporary art and dedicated to the worldview changing realization that can be called the Anthropocene, TBA21 is foremost a space within which very different kinds of knowledge and practices can meet.
TBA21 collection is the result of the foundation’s ongoing commitment to commissioning and developing art projects that defy traditional categorization, including large scale installations, sound compositions, performance, and contemporary architecture. It promotes practices that are informed by social and environmental concerns, transdisciplinary forms of knowledge that forge new, productive relations between artistic research and the creative work of the sciences and humanities, and investigations of the pressing issues of contemporary life. After more than 16 years of collecting, commissioning projects, and engaged exhibition practice, TBA21 has established a highly respected collection of more than 700 contemporary artworks by nearly 200 artists from around the globe. Traversing different geographies and contexts from Central and Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, Oceania to Latin America, TBA21 foregrounds artists practices that change the terms of engagement between art and the societies it inhabits.
TBA21–Academy is the exploratory soul of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary and an itinerant site of cultural production and transdisciplinary research. Conceived in 2011 as a moving platform on the oceans, it brings together artists, researchers, and thinkers from various fields concerned with today’s most urgent ecological, social, and economic issues. Through its expeditions on sea and land, the Academy seeks to reinvent the culture of exploration in the 21st century, while inciting knowledge creation, new modes of collaboration, and the coproduction of solutions for the pressing environmental challenges of today.