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Vienna  |  Austria  | 

TBA21

In a public park in Vienna stands Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary – a foundation that hosts the collection of Francesca von Habsburg, which due to its sheer number of works might as well be named a haven for contemporary art.

Founded in 2002 and located in the Atelier Augarten, the foundation has established its own space, TBA21 since 2012. As well as housing the collection, TBA21 also hosts events, performances and a bookshop stocked with hand-picked publications.

Collector Francesca von Habsburg, raised in a family that has a long tradition within the arts, passionately engages with the artists presented in her collection and keeps a close relationship with many of them. Working together with artists on commissions for site-specific works, Habsburg manages to create a sense of intimacy which makes her collection completely unique. Her enthusiasm and ongoing support of the artist’s vision and ideas result in unconventional projects and pieces that are of a highly experimental nature, often presenting an antithesis to the sort of works that are considered “suitable” for the art market of today.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary hosts on average two thematic exhibitions a year and continues to work in close partnership with the state-run museum, Belvedere. In addition to the happenings and exhibitions, the foundation keeps itself busy organizing exhibitions in world wide renown institutions – often loaning works and numerous commissions. It is these commissions that form an integral part of major international exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale and documenta in Kassel.

ERNESTO NETO, A Gente se encontra aqui hoje, amanhã em outro lugar. Enquanto isso Deus é Deusa. Santa gravidade, 2003, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten. Courtesy: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Vienna, Photo: Jens Ziehe
ERNESTO NETO, A Gente se encontra aqui hoje, amanhã em outro lugar. Enquanto isso Deus é Deusa. Santa gravidade, 2003, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten. Courtesy: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Vienna, Photo: Jens Ziehe
ERNESTO NETO, NixiForestKupiXawa, 2015, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten. Courtesy the artist, Photo: Jens Ziehe
ERNESTO NETO, NixiForestKupiXawa, 2015, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten. Courtesy the artist, Photo: Jens Ziehe

I think people that buy art thinking they are making an investment is the most foolish thing I’ve ever heard.

Francesca von Habsburg
ERNESTO NETO, CanoeKeneJaguarPataLampLight (CanoaKeneOnçaPawLampadaLuz), 2015, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten. Courtesy the artist, Photo: Jens Ziehe
ERNESTO NETO, CanoeKeneJaguarPataLampLight (CanoaKeneOnçaPawLampadaLuz), 2015, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten. Courtesy the artist, Photo: Jens Ziehe
ERNESTO NETO, CanoeKeneJaguarPataLampLight (CanoaKeneOnçaPawLampadaLuz), 2015, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten. Courtesy the artist, Photo: Jens Ziehe
ERNESTO NETO, CanoeKeneJaguarPataLampLight (CanoaKeneOnçaPawLampadaLuz), 2015, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten. Courtesy the artist, Photo: Jens Ziehe
ERNESTO NETO, O tempo lento do corpo que é pele, 2004, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten & Belvedere. Courtesy: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Vienna, Photo: Jens Ziehe
ERNESTO NETO, O tempo lento do corpo que é pele, 2004, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten & Belvedere. Courtesy: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Vienna, Photo: Jens Ziehe
ERNESTO NETO, PedraGiboLagoDuaBusé (StonePythonDuaBuséLake), 2015, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten. Courtesy the artist, Photo: Jens Ziehe
ERNESTO NETO, PedraGiboLagoDuaBusé (StonePythonDuaBuséLake), 2015, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten. Courtesy the artist, Photo: Jens Ziehe
CARSTEN HÖLLER, Giant Psycho Tank, 1999 and Sketch of High Pscho Tank, 2014. © the artist. Photo: Jens Ziehe
CARSTEN HÖLLER, Giant Psycho Tank, 1999 and Sketch of High Pscho Tank, 2014. © the artist. Photo: Jens Ziehe
CARSTEN HÖLLER, Hoher Psychotank, 2014. © the artist. Photo: Attilio Maranzano
CARSTEN HÖLLER, Hoher Psychotank, 2014. © the artist. Photo: Attilio Maranzano
CARSTEN HÖLLER, Gimpelwaage, 2014. © the artist. Photo: Attilio Maranzano
CARSTEN HÖLLER, Gimpelwaage, 2014. © the artist. Photo: Attilio Maranzano
CARSTEN HÖLLER, Y, 2003. © Carsten Höller, Photo: Jen Fong Photography / TBA21
CARSTEN HÖLLER, Y, 2003. © Carsten Höller, Photo: Jen Fong Photography / TBA21
CARSTEN HÖLLER, Aufzugbett, 2010. © the artist. Photo: Attilio Maranzano
CARSTEN HÖLLER, Aufzugbett, 2010. © the artist. Photo: Attilio Maranzano
CARSTEN HÖLLER, Halbe Uhr, 2014. © the artist. Photo: Attilio Maranzano
CARSTEN HÖLLER, Halbe Uhr, 2014. © the artist. Photo: Attilio Maranzano
CERITH WYN EVANS, A Community Predicated on the Basic Fact Nothing Really Matters, 2013.
Courtesy Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
CERITH WYN EVANS, A Community Predicated on the Basic Fact Nothing Really Matters, 2013. Courtesy Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
CERITH WYN EVANS, Untitled, 2008.
Courtesy Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
CERITH WYN EVANS, Untitled, 2008. Courtesy Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
CERITH WYN EVANS, No night No day, 2013. Courtesy Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
CERITH WYN EVANS, No night No day, 2013. Courtesy Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
CERITH WYN EVANS, Cleave 01, 2001.  Courtesy Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
CERITH WYN EVANS, Cleave 01, 2001. Courtesy Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
CERITH WYN EVANS, One evening late in the war..., 2008. Courtesy Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
CERITH WYN EVANS, One evening late in the war..., 2008. Courtesy Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
CERITH WYN EVANS,
CERITH WYN EVANS, "Astrophotography-Stages of photographic development" by Siegfried Marx (1987), 2007. Courtesy Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, The Visitors, 2012. Courtesy the artist
RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, The Visitors, 2012. Courtesy the artist
RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, The Visitors, 2012. Courtesy the artist
RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, The Visitors, 2012. Courtesy the artist
RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, The Visitors, 2012. Courtesy the artist
RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, The Visitors, 2012. Courtesy the artist
RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, The Visitors, 2012. Courtesy the artist
RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, The Visitors, 2012. Courtesy the artist
REVITAL COHEN & TUUR VAN BALEN, b/NdAlTaAu, 2015. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
REVITAL COHEN & TUUR VAN BALEN, b/NdAlTaAu, 2015. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
REVITAL COHEN & TUUR VAN BALEN, b/NdAlTaAu, 2015. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
REVITAL COHEN & TUUR VAN BALEN, b/NdAlTaAu, 2015. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
URSULA MAYER, Luminous Lining, 2015. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
URSULA MAYER, Luminous Lining, 2015. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
ROGER HIORNS, Untitled, 2012. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
ROGER HIORNS, Untitled, 2012. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
OLIVER LARIC, Sun Tzu Janus, 2013. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
OLIVER LARIC, Sun Tzu Janus, 2013. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
Installation View RARE EARTH, 2015. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
Installation View RARE EARTH, 2015. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
ERICK BELTRÁN, Hephaestus’s Dream, 2015. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
ERICK BELTRÁN, Hephaestus’s Dream, 2015. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
CAMILLE HENROT, Grosse Fatigue, 2013. © ADAGP Camille Henrot, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
CAMILLE HENROT, Grosse Fatigue, 2013. © ADAGP Camille Henrot, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
WALID RAAD, Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, 2010. Courtesy: Galerie Sfeir-Semler, © Walid Raad, Photo: Jakob Polacsek / TBA21
WALID RAAD, Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, 2010. Courtesy: Galerie Sfeir-Semler, © Walid Raad, Photo: Jakob Polacsek / TBA21
WALID RAAD, Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, 2010. Courtesy: Galerie Sfeir-Semler, © Walid Raad, Photo: Jakob Polacsek / TBA21
WALID RAAD, Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, 2010. Courtesy: Galerie Sfeir-Semler, © Walid Raad, Photo: Jakob Polacsek / TBA21
WALID RAAD, Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, 2010. Courtesy: Galerie Sfeir-Semler, © Walid Raad, Photo: Jakob Polacsek / TBA21
WALID RAAD, Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, 2010. Courtesy: Galerie Sfeir-Semler, © Walid Raad, Photo: Jakob Polacsek / TBA21
SHARON LOCKHART, Four Exercises in Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation, 2011. Courtesy the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, © Sharon Lockhart
SHARON LOCKHART, Four Exercises in Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation, 2011. Courtesy the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, © Sharon Lockhart
SHARON LOCKHART, Five Dances and Nine Wall Carpets by Noa Eshkol, 2011, Installation View at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, 2012. Courtesy the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
SHARON LOCKHART, Five Dances and Nine Wall Carpets by Noa Eshkol, 2011, Installation View at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, 2012. Courtesy the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
SIMON STARLING, Prouvé (Road Test), 2012, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
SIMON STARLING, Prouvé (Road Test), 2012, Installation View at TBA21-Augarten. Photo: Jens Ziehe / TBA21
DAVID ADJAYE, Ephereropterae Pavilion, 2012. Photo: Jakob Polascek / TBA21
DAVID ADJAYE, Ephereropterae Pavilion, 2012. Photo: Jakob Polascek / TBA21

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary is included in the Art Guide.