Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary is committed to supporting the production of contemporary art and is actively engaged in commissioning and disseminating unconventional projects that defy traditional disciplinary categorizations. The foundation sustains a far-reaching regional and international orientation, has an ongoing institutional commitment to the growing importance of art made in different parts of the world and explores modes of presentation that are intended to provoke and broaden the way viewers perceive and experience art.
Projects initiated by the foundation promote artistic practices that are architectural, context- and site-specific, performative, and often informed by an interest in social aesthetics and sociopolitical concerns. Many of the projects reflect the shift away from the material object and toward the concept, as well as the use of unconventional and ephemeral materials and the employment of new technology as an essential component of the work. These strategies challenge interpretation and the traditions of collecting, preserving, and presenting works of art.
It is our belief that works that are innovative in form and content require new methods and environments of production and presentation. Thus, the foundation attempts to provide alternatives to the museum as the generic space for the experience of art through its Art Pavilions, temporary, nomadic structures that are placed in varied locations that are generally chosen for their remoteness from cosmopolitan centers. It is our hope that these pavilions—through their innovative, inclusive, and noncommercial orientation—will become catalysts for local art production and help to establish an international network of talent.
Founded in Vienna in 2002 by Francesca von Habsburg, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary represents the fourth generation of the Thyssen family’s dedication to the arts. Exhibitions drawn from the foundation’s collection are regularly presented to the public. In past years projects and partnerships were realized in Berlin through a long-term collaboration with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Magazin, creating an alternative space for performance-related projects. In Vienna the foundation curates thematic exhibitions of selections from its collection. The Your black horizon Pavilion, a collaboration between artist Olafur Eliasson and architect David Adjaye, premiered at the 51st Venice Biennial in 2005 and is now on the island of Lopud, Croatia. The foundation's second architectonic commission The Morning Line, a collaboration between artist Matthew Ritchie and architects Aranda / Lasch, premieres at the Biennale of Seville in October 2008. Collaborations have also been a focus of the foundation’s work, namely with the New York Public Art Fund, Artangel in London, and Wiener Festwochen. In 2006 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary organized an itinerant exhibition that traveled on a barge up the Danube River though seven nations. In addition, it shares its collection and commissions with numerous museums and public institutions as well as with major contemporary art exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale and documenta.
Accessed 27.08.2009 from http://www.tba21.org/mission