Press releases overview
Abundant Futures
2 April 2022 - 5 March 2023, opening 1 April 2022
  • In collaboration with C3A, Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía, Córdoba, and the City of Córdoba, curated by Daniela Zyman
  • Celebrating 20 years of TBA21 artist commissions
  • Featuring works by more than 40 artists, including: Ai Weiwei, Claudia Comte, Olafur Eliasson, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Camille Henrot, Sarah Lucas, Ana Mendieta, Regina de Miguel, Beatriz Milhazes, Ernesto Neto, Teresa Solar, Rirkrit Tiravanija, among others. 


Dineo Seshee Bopape: Film still (2021-22). Courtesy of the artist.
TBA21–Academy presents two new commissions by South Africa-born Dineo Seshee Bopape and Portuguese-born Diana Policarpo for the 2022 exhibition program at Ocean Space in Venice. The two solo exhibitions are independent, and yet, they are connected by many common threads. As part of the two-year exhibition cycle The Soul Expanding Ocean curated by Chus Martínez, both commissions give voice and presence to the Ocean as a repository of colonial histories where storylines interconnect past, present and futures. Stories are told by microorganisms and algae and their coexistence ever since the early stages of evolution, rocks, voices, images in movement like the waves, and the earth that holds the memory and the substance of past actions that damaged life in many ways. Both installations are guiding an experience that asks you to come to terms with breaking off the taxidermic separation that disjoints nature and culture, culture and myth, science and belief.
Matadero Madrid and TBA21, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary present The Murder of Crows, the monumental installation by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller that explores the sculptural and physical attributes of sound. Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary for the 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008) and presented as part of the celebrations of TBA21’s 20th anniversary, the installation signifies the foundation’s long-term commitment to supporting the realization of groundbreaking artworks. The commission is being presented in Spain for the first time and represents the artist duo’s largest installation to date.
Presentación acuerdo C3A+TBA21
Joint Initiative Will Celebrate Region’s History as a Hub for Creativity and Tolerance in Dialogue with Contemporary Art from TBA21 Collection

Collaboration to Launch in April with Abundant Futures at Centre for Contemporary Creation of Andalusia (C3A), Spanning the 20-Year History of TBA21’s Outstanding Collection and Groundbreaking Commissions
Ragnar Kjartansson, The End, 2009

Organised by TBA21, Emotional Landscapes (22 February – 26 June 2022) to Feature Four Major Video Works, Works on Paper, and a Concert
Emotional Landscapes Marks the 20th Anniversary of TBA21 and its Long-Term and Continuing Collaboration with Kjartansson

Walid Raad, Following Martin Johnson Heade, 2021. Courtesy the artist & Sfeir-Semler Gallery BeirutHamburg, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) present Cotton Under My Feeta solo exhibition of new work and performative walkthroughs by US-Lebaneseartist Walid Raad. Commissioned by TBA21 and specifically conceived for the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, the exhibition presents work created during Raad’s three-year exploration of the Museum’s collection, archives, and genesis, resulting in museum-wide interpretive spaces that mobilize stories and premonitions around the collection. Raad presents imagined and hidden episodes, tangled connections, and alternative conservation protocols in his exploration of various historical collective realities surrounding the acquisition of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection by the Spanish State. The result is a non-linear narrative body of work that incorporates installation, performance, photography, and video throughout the museum’s galleries. Part of a multi-year collaboration between the Museum and TBA21, Cotton Under My Feet is curated by Daniela Zyman and will be on view October 6, 2021–January 23, 2022.
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