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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.
Antarctic Resolution Poster
“Antarctica is not only the most precious thermostat that we have on our planet, it also represents a unique opportunity for governments to work together in order to further the initial goal of the Madrid protocol, rather than reverse it. Cooperation must outweigh national interests.”

Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, TBA21 Founder and Chair

Isabel Lewis_Web Banner TBA21

Leading art organization dedicated to Ocean advocacy, TBA21–Academy, unveils a new commission by artist Isabel Lewis that proposes dancing through the Ocean at Ocean Space in the 16th century Church of San Lorenzo.

The Day that Wood and Matter Wanted to Become Salt Water
“The Day that Wood and Matter Wanted to Become Salt Water”, a performance by Claudia Comte, with movement by artist and dancer Cecilia Bengolea, and music by Egon Elliut.
Installation view: After Nature, Claudia Comte, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain, 2021. Photo: Stefan Altenburger| TBA21
TBA21 presents After Nature, an immersive installation by artist Claudia Comte aimed to draw attention to the destruction of coral reefs caused by climate change.
● The Swiss artist has extensively researched coral reefs, their richness, and the great risks they are currently facing
● The exhibition will be on view from May 11 through August 22 at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.
● The exhibition is completed with a new digital piece that will be premiered in the second season of the digital platform st_age
Stills from works on st_age Season 02: Asunción Molinos Gordo, Barruntaremos, 2021; Abhishek Hazra, The Aerosol Chronicles Capture Omlojan, 2020-2021; Omar Mismar, Abou Farid’s War, 2021; Courtney Desiree Morris, Sopera de Yemaya: Olokun, 2020; Diana Poli
TBA21 launches the second season of st_age, an online production platform driven by a desire for change.

st_age Season 02

An online production platform driven by a desire for change
May 3–July 26, 2021

Artists: Claudia Comte, Abhishek Hazra, Alaa Mansour, Omar Mismar, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Courtney Desiree Morris, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, and Diana Policarpo.

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