Augarten Programm

Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin
Aru Kuxipa | Sacred Secret
in collaboration with Kunsthalle Krems

Aru Kuxipa is TBA21’s latest artist-centered initiative involving Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto’s collaboration with the Amerindian artists and pajés (spiritual healers) of the Huni Kuin people. The exhibition unfolds as an experiment, establishing a zone of encounter with our “ancestral futures” and an investigation of the teachings of plants and the spiritual nature of objects. As part of their residency, members of the Huni Kuin were present in the exhibition during the opening week. A second group of representatives of the community will take part in the exhibition scenario and a special event series in September.> >

DURATION: June 25 - October 25, 2015

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria


ephemeropteræ 2015
9 spoken word performances

With EPHEMEROPTERÆ 2015, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary launches the fourth consecutive season of the foundation’s summer season spoken-word performance series held in nine prolonged episodes, curated by Daniela Zyman and Boris Ondreička. These unique, open-air acts explore the rich traditions and evanescent articulations of poetry, literature, performance, philosophy, and language-based artistic practice at TBA21–Augarten. > >

DURATION: June 26 - September 18, 2015

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria


Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin ~ Aru Kuxipa | Sacred Secret
Inauguration and Assembleia

On March 6-9, an assembly of 34 pajés, 20 professors, and 15 artisans took place in the village of Novo Natal located on the Jordão river in the Brazilian State of Acre. The representatives of all the 37 Huni Kuin villages accepted Ernesto Neto’s invitation to participate collaboratively in a joint exhibition project at TBA21 in Vienna. The exhibition Aru Kuxipa, which opened on June 25 in Vienna brings to life age-old and venerated shamanic spiritual knowledge and healing rituals of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon and weave together anthropology, ecology, education, and contemporary forms of expression to create distinctive experiences and interrogate our present moment. > >

DURATION: March 6 - March 9, 2015

LOCATION: Novo Natal, Acre, Brazil


Café / Restaurant Die AU

Another novelty at the TBA21–Augarten anniversary was the official launch of the café/restaurant Die AU (Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna). The Café had been opened for an exclusive sneak peak during the opening of Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors. In the meantime, the finishing touches have been added to serve a traditional Viennese Cuisine with a contemporary twist at Die AU.> >

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21 Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria


Gustinus Ambrosi

In November 2011 the Belvedere Museum announced their institutional collaboration with the TBA21 foundation for a renewable period of four years. Augarten Contemporary, as the space was called under the curatorship of the Belvedere, became TBA21's new exhibition venue. Upon a closer inspection of the site it became obvious that the history of the spaces, too, needed investigation. Prior to the ten years of presenting contemporary art under the curatorship of the Belvedere, the premises had been devoted entirely to the exhibition of a single artist’s works, namely to the work of Gustinus Ambrosi (1893–1975). One part of the building complex is still dedicated to a strictly monographic presentation of his art.> >

LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria

TBA21 announces new collaboration with Belvedere

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary and the Belvedere are pleased to announce their institutional collaboration for a renewable period of four years, starting on May 29, 2012. The aim of the collaboration is to expand the programming of Augarten Contemporary under the leadership of TBA21 and to engage in shared cultural activities to spark the appreciation of contemporary art in Vienna and within an international context. The collaboration proposes a model for a mutually beneficial partnership between a public museum and a private foundation.> >

Photo: © Margherita Spiluttini