The filmic work made by the Indian filmmaker Amar Kanwar over the past two decades has presented a profound interrogation of the politics of power, violence, and justice. The Sovereign Forest (2011–) emerges from the conflict in Odisha, India, between local communities, the government, and corporations. For more than a decade Kanwar has been filming the industrial interventions that have reshaped and permanently destroyed parts of the state’s landscape. Since the 1990s Odisha has been a battleground on issues of development and displacement, as national and international corporations have established large-scale mining and industrial sites in various parts of the traditionally agrarian state.
DURATION: November 23, 2013 – March 23, 2014> >
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 17 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.
OPENING: April 3, 2014, 7 pm
DURATION: April 3 – June 8, 2014> >
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.
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
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.> >
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.> >