Works from the TBA21 Collection
May 31 – October 8, 2023
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

'Encounters: Works from the TBA21 Collection". Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Design: Montse Lago.
MNTB Madrid


The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary present “Encounters: Works from the TBA21 Collection,” on view from May 31 to October 8, 2023, in museum’s first-floor galleries. This project is a proposal that offers an adventurous itinerary that stages a polyphonic dialogue between over twenty-five works from the TBA21 Collection and a selection from the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum’s modern art collection. These “Encounters” bear witness to the passion for collecting that runs through four generations of the Thyssen family and reflects the trans-historical narratives and sensibilities that run through their respective collections. 

What can be learned from the encounter when a historical work of art is called into the present by a contemporary object? Or when a contemporary artwork is connected with the past through a montage or a conceptual maneuver that places the object in the context of another time?

In “Encounters” the juxtapositions of works spark insightful reflections and offer a complementary view on a range of topics that deal with critical ecologies, cultural imaginaries, and more-than-human relations, while aiming to expand the museum narratives and bring in Indigenous, decolonial, and non-Eurocentric positions.

The trans-historical and cross-geographical curatorial considerations create direct and visceral engagements with the art of different periods and cultures and reflect the epistemic potentials of the museum. It makes explicit that not only do styles and modes of expression change, but that fundamental understandings of reality—such as the figure of the human, gender, identity, and the continuities between nature and culture—are continuously reinterpreted. Moving beyond the confines of chronology and geography opens a deeper and layered context for the present and is a means to reassess and challenge our understanding of the past.

In “Encounters” between generations, worldviews are placed into conversation, and long-held assumptions are challenged.

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Soledad Gutiérrez y Paloma Alarcó