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Thyssen-Bornemisza Art ContemporaryThe Commissions Book

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This comprehensive publication by the art foundation Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) engages with more than 100 works of art in over 1,300 pages, proposing a speculative topography that organizes and weaves together sequences of potential narratives and interrogations along with close examinations of different works of art and a collective archive of images.
"What survives after the artwork?" asks curator and researcher Natasha Ginwala in one of the essays in Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary: The Commissions Book, a new and comprehensive publication by the art foundation Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), founded by Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza in Vienna, Austria, in 2002. "The artwork is not just the thing in itself, but also the metaphysical infrastructure and unfinished relationships that produce it," Ginwala writes. In that sense, this anthology of texts, visual material, and research on TBA21's commissions and the foundation's vast collection of over 700 artworks serves as vivid testimony to the processes and relationships that enabled them.
In over 1,300 pages The Commissions Book engages with more than 100 works of art, proposing a speculative topography that organizes and weaves together sequences of potential narratives and interrogations along with close examinations of different works of art and a collective archive of images. The stories embedded in these works, as well as in TBA21 and TBA21-Academy's practice—an itinerant site of transdisciplinary research and cultural production engaging with the oceans—is a story of making new connections, or rather creating interconnections. Bringing together visual and written material from TBA21's commissioning practice and vast history of exhibitions and live events, The Commissions Book also goes beyond the foundation's archives to present new works and commissions by Cecilia Bengolea, Claudia Comte, SUPERFLEX, and Territorial Agency, amongst many others. New essays by Natasha Ginwala's and such transdisciplinary feminist thinkers as Astrida Neimanis and Eva Hayward transcend individual artistic positions and ask questions that lie at the core of TBA21's program.
The Commissions Book includes TBA21 and TBA21–Academy commissions as well as works from the TBA21 Collection by Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, David Adjaye, Nabil Ahmed, Doug Aitken, Atif Akin, John Akomfrah, Nevin Aladağ, Allora & Calzadilla, Laura Anderson Barbata, Jonathas de Andrade, Kutluğ Ataman, Neïl Beloufa, Cecilia Bengolea, John Bock, Monica Bonvicini, Candice Breitz, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Julian Charrière, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Tyler Coburn, Phil Collins, Claudia Comte, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Emanuel Danesch & David Rych, Dark Morph, Jeremy Deller, Olafur Eliasson, Noa Eshkol, Omer Fast, Mario García Torres, Gelitin, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Dan Graham, Ariel Guzik, CM von Hausswolff & Thomas Nordanstad, Florian Hecker, Nikolaus Hirsch / Michel Müller & Cybermohalla Ensemble, Carsten Höller, Marine Hugonnier, Pierre Huyghe, inhabitants, Sanja Iveković, Rashid Johnson, Joan Jonas, Brad Kahlhamer, Amar Kanwar, Ragnar Kjartansson, Armin Linke, Sharon Lockhart, Los Carpinteros, Sarah Lucas, Ursula Mayer, Jonathan Meese, Eduardo Navarro, Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin, Rivane Neuenschwander, Carsten Nicolai, Olaf Nicolai, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Mathias Poledna, Walid Raad, Raqs Media Collective, Lisa Rave, Matthew Ritchie, Aranda\Lasch & rup AGU, Tomás Saraceno, Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam, Hans Schabus, Christoph Schlingensief, Allan Sekula, Charles Stankievech, Simon Starling, SUPERFLEX, Territorial Agency, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Sissel Tolaas, Suzanne Treister, Janaina Tschäpe & David Gruber, Jana Winderen, Susanne M. Winterling, Cerith Wyn Evans, Želimir Žilnik.
Edited by Eva Ebersberger and Daniela Zyman.
Texts and contributions by Atif Akin, Joan Anim-Addo, Magalí Arriola, Rakhee Balaram, Erika Balsom, Ute Meta Bauer, Bettina Brunner, D. Graham Burnett, Patrick Charpenel, Damian Christinger, Sebastian Cichocki, CM Live (Neelofar, Suraj Rai & Shamsher Ali), Gabrielle Cram, Heather Davis, Angela Dimitrakaki, Georges B.J. Dreyfus, Eva Ebersberger, Charles Esche, Beatrice Forchini, Anselm Franke, Natasha Ginwala, David Gruber, Carles Guerra, Soledad Gutiérrez, Nav Haq, Eva Hayward, Stefan Helmreich, Stefanie Hessler, Václav Janoščík, Caroline A. Jones, Ruba Katrib, Lutz Koepnick, Cresantia Frances Koya Vaka'uta, Luca Lo Pinto, Sarat Maharaj, Chus Martínez, Margarida Mendes, Suzana Milevska, Vanessa Joan Müller, Heike Munder, Sara Nadal-Melsió, Henning Nass, Astrida Neimanis, Ingo Niermann, Sandra Noeth, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Boris Ondreička, Annie Paul, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Ignas Petronis, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Filipa Ramos, Raqs Media Collective, Markus Reymann, Kathrin Rhomberg, Dan Richards, Ridykeulous (Nicole Eisenman + A.L. Steiner), Ralph Rugoff, Thibaut de Ruyter, Nadim Samman, Mirjam Schaub, Andreas Schlaegel, Cory Scozzari, Tsering Shakya, Chris Sharp, Jasper Sharp, Frederike Sperling, Andreas Spiegl, Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, Emiliano Valdés, Nicola Vassell, Franziska Sophie Wildförster, Eva Wilson, Slavoj Žižek, Daniela Zyman, Oona Zyman.

Graphic design: Irma Boom Office.
 
published in October 2020
English edition
15 x 21 cm (softcover)
1336 pages (400 color ill.)
 
29.00
 
ISBN : 978-3-95679-555-8
EAN : 9783956795558
 
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