Augarten Programm

Ragnar Kjartansson and friends
The Palace of the Summerland

Recently dubbed by Vogue as “Ragnar of Reykjavik”, and labeled as “ fun-loving, cigar-smoking, Cadillac-driving, highly entertaining”, Ragnar Kjartansson crosses boundaries between different media with as much ease and grace as he switches between the roles and personas he creates and personifies. In collaboration with a group of approx. 20 talented artists, musicians, and friends, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) is embarking once again on a bold new commission, one that defies traditional categorization in collaboration. Broadening the scope of its interdisciplinary and multimedia investigations, TBA21 will present a two-part project titled The Palace of the Summerland in its spectacular venue at the Augarten in Vienna.

DURATION: April 3 – June 8, 2014> >

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


Bulletin One & Two
Ragnar Kjartansson and Friends: The Palace of the Summerland

Everybody could print booklets at a print shop…but WE are doing it on a risograph by hand!

During the performance of Ragnar Kjartansson and Friends The Palace of the Summerland we are printing one booklet each week to inform about the ongoing production.

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Ragnar Kjartansson and Friends: The Palace of the Summerland

Loosely based on the title of Halldór Laxness´ book World Light, the novel to be performed by Ragnar Kjartansson and his friends, there will be bags on sale at TBA21–Augarten´s shop as well as at the TBA21 online store. Come and get one for yourself and for all your friends and let us all be “the lights of the world”!

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Supper Club: (12) Alex Williams & Nick Srnicek
Slow Food vs Accelerationism

An introduction to the ascendant political philosophy of ‘accelerationism’, as outlined in Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek’s Accelerationist Manifesto (2013). Since its publication, the accelerationist polemic against ‘neo-primitivist localism’ and ‘flimsy and ephemeral authenticity’ has been the subject of much comment and debate. For Supper Club the accelerationist desire for a politics (and praxis) capable of confronting the speed of contemporary cognitivecapitalism is set against the recent gastronomic ideology of ‘slow food’.

DATE: April 17, 2014, 7pm
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Supper Club

TBA21 is proud to introduce its new winter performance series: the TBA21 Supper Club. Twelve events, one location, two curators, a chef and many invited artists will offer a new experience of dining and performance, food and art.

Curated by Boris Ondreička and Nadim Samman, Supper Club is a hybrid platform in which TBA21’s curatorial operations are temporarily hosted by Die AU café/restaurant.> >


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