Augarten Activities

Group exhibition, TBA21–Augarten

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary’s most ambitious thematic exhibition to date, RARE EARTH, featuring 17 artistic positions including 10 new commissions kicks off TBA21’s 2015 programing. RARE EARTH is nothing less than an attempt to define the spirit of our age: an exhibition relating myth, identity, and cosmology to current advances in technology. It explores the material basis for the most technologically developed weapons and tools – a class of 17 ‘rare earth’ elements from the periodic table found in everything from mobile phones to computer hard drives. After the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, this is the age of RARE EARTH.> >

DURATION: February 19 - May 31, 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, opening on June 25 in Vienna will bring 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


Amar Kanwar: The Sovereign Forest

The extraordinary publication Amar Kanwar: The Sovereign Forest, in collaboration with Yorkshire Sculpture Park and published by Sternberg Press, is the result of the eponymous exhibition at TBA21–Augarten from November 2013 until March 2014, and conceived as an extension to the ongoing research and exhibition project The Sovereign Forest which has been supported by TBA21 since its inception in 2011. The ambitious catalogue likewise attempts to reopen and extend discussions posed by the exhibition by bringing together a variety of voices from academic and activist backgrounds, factual or intimate narratives and interviews, image documentation, and evidentiary materials, that unfold a multiplicity of knowledges and testimonies about the obscured and intricate conflict in Odisha in eastern India.

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Carsten Höller: LEBEN

Carsten Höller: LEBEN, the art book dedicated to Carsten Höller’s eponymous exhibition at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, is as conceptually elaborate as the exhibition itself. Published by Sternberg Press, the fully circular and mainly handmade publication has no beginning or end, allowing multiple points of entry and unconventional ways of reading – both from left to right and vice versa, as well as upside down. Complementing Höller’s work, it unfolds a play of symmetry and doubling that references the exhibition both formally and in terms of content. Moving somewhere between a heavy-paper children’s book, an artist edition, and an exhibition catalogue, the concept for this unique production was developed by the artist and resonates the motifs of the circle, the mirror, the double, and the division and entanglement of voices.

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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