Daniela Zyman

Daniela Zyman is chief curator of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna.

  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

    Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

    The Commissions Book

    Daniela Zyman and Eva Ebersberger

    A massive anthology of texts, visual material, and research on TBA21's commissions and the foundation's vast collection of over 700 artworks.

    "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.

    • Hardcover $35.95
  • Allan Sekula

    Allan Sekula

    OKEANOS

    Daniela Zyman and Cory Scozzari

    This publication intersperses essays from scholars, historians, and thinkers with a selection of Allan Sekula's seminal texts and excerpts from his private notebooks. The title is a reference to Okeanos—son of Gaia, the Greek goddess of the earth—who ruled over the oceans and water. Made and written across the decades, Sekula's sketches and texts focus on maritime space and the material, economic, and ecological implications of globalization. In projects such as his magnum opus Fish Story (1989–95), or films like Lottery of the Sea (2006) and The Forgotten Space (2010), Sekula provided a view from and of the sea. This publication expands on these oceanic themes, seeking to honor the scope and complexity of the late artist-theorist's work, and situate his ideas in current political, social, and environmental discourses.

    The book is divided thematically: the section “Containerization” focuses on the sea as a site of infrastructural complication; Sekula's work Black Tide / Marea negra (2002–3) is also revisited, which explores environmental violence and contamination as well as their social implications; a selection from Sekula's personal drawings are accompanied by an essay by photo historian Sally Stein; various essays readdress Sekula's legacy in the age of the Anthropocene; and a number of case studies by contemporary artists, writers, and thinkers examine ideas that overlap with Sekula's and expand on his interests.

    Copublished with Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna

    Contributors Nabil Ahmed, Keller Easterling, Carles Guerra Rojas, Celina Jeffery, Laleh Khalili, Rosa Lleó, Gabriele Mackert, Jegan Vincent de Paul, Filipa Ramos, Cory Scozzari, Allan Sekula, Sally Stein, Philip Steinberg, Daniela Zyman

    • Paperback $36.00
  • Mario Garcí­a Torres

    Mario Garcí­a Torres

    An Arrival Tale

    Daniela Zyman and Cory Scozzari

    Appropriation, storytelling, reenactment, and reportage are some of the strategies that Mario García Torres deploys to highlight the limitations of factual evidence and the agency of historical records and objects. An Arrival Tale detaches the Mexican artist's works in the TBA21 collection from their original contexts and offers them as a collection of narratives and artistic experiments open for reinscription in order to address the conditions and urgencies of our contemporary societies. It examines the space of arrival as a complicated and disjointed nexus between departure, displacement, and return.

    This publication follows the eponymous exhibition at TBA21 – Augarten. While conceived in relation to the exhibition, this book is not a documentation, but rather the start of a journey that expands, explores, complicates, and undoes the thematic threads of spatial disjunction, recollection, asynchronicity, fictionality, and the politics of visibility.

    Copublished with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna

    Contributors Armen Avanessian, Daniel Garza-Usabiaga, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Anke Hennig, Chus Martínez, Eva Wilson, Daniela Zyman

    • Hardcover $34.00
  • Olafur Eliasson

    Olafur Eliasson

    Green light—An artistic workshop

    Daniela Zyman and Eva Ebersberger

    Green light is an act of welcoming, addressed both to those who have fled hardship and instability in their home countries and to the residents of the cities receiving them. Working together in a playful creative process, participants build a modular light and construct a communal environment in which difference is not only accepted but embraced.”–Olafur Eliasson

    Green light is a project initiated by artist Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna. Conceived as a field of production and mutual learning, Green light works with refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, and NGOs to fabricate an unlimited edition of fully functional lamps: geometric, stackable modules made from recyclable materials and fitted with a welcoming green light. Providing fundraising and education opportunities, Green light workshops first took place in Vienna in 2016, and have since been hosted at the Moody Center for the Arts, Houston, and the 57th Venice Biennale.

    Green light expresses itself as both a comment and an active response to the legal and social obstacles refugees and asylum seekers face in accessing education, the labor market, and social life. As a social and artistic experiment, it sets out to explore the possibilities and agency of art and cultural institutions in the face of challenges and potentials posed by migration.

    This publication seeks to question and reflect on the project by providing testimonies, stories, and memories by Green light participants, founders, and organizers, as well as essays by art historians and theorists reflecting on the relationship between culture and migration today.

    Copublished with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

    • Hardcover $36.00
  • Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin

    Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin

    Aru Kuxipa—Sacred Secret

    Daniela Zyman, Eva Ebersberger, and Franziska Sophie Wildförster

    “This is a new story; it is called Aru Kuxipa. It is new, but it is old. Aru Kuxipa to me means our people, the old ones, living together with nature, in balance with our tradition. Aru means secret, sacred. Kuxipa means like a god.” —Txana Bane

    The exhibition "Aru Kuxipa" was conceived by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto as a personal tribute to the Huni Kuin. Held at TBA21 – Augarten, the show was a vibrant demonstration of ancestral futures, a term that unpacks potentials for creating a future that is also deeply rooted in cultures of tradition. Through multiple exchanges between members of thirty-two Huni Kuin communities in Brazil, this publication brings together threads from anthropology, art, and science that are interwoven, like the movement of a serpent, with essay contributions, oral histories, drawings, and traditional song. Together, they outline the way unique kinships produced within an indigenous cosmo-vision can shape our present moment.

    Copublished with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna

    Contributors Mila Cataldo, Damian Christinger, James Clifford, Anna Dantes, Fabiano Txana Bane Sales Huni Kuin Kaxinawa, Francesca von Habsburg, Marcelo Piedrafita Iglesias, José Yubē de Lima Kaxinawa, Leopardo Yawa Bane Sales Huni Kuin Kaxinawa, Manoel Dua Busē Vandique Kaxinawa, Ricardo Moebus, Jeremy Narby, Ernesto Neto, Osvaldo Isaka Manduca Mateus Kaxinawa, Tiago Paulino Sales Txana Xiná Bena, Virgulino Ixã Rodrigues Sales Kaxinawa, Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Franziska Sophie Wildförster, Daniela Zyman

    • Paperback $49.95
  • Olafur Eliasson

    Olafur Eliasson

    Baroque Baroque

    Francesca von Habsburg, Agnes Husslein, and Daniela Zyman

    “Olafur Eliasson: Baroque Baroque” is an ambitious exhibition that brings together and reconnects some of Olafur Eliasson's most distinguished works from the collections of TBA21 and the Juan and Patricia Vergez Collection. The overview of artworks from two decades explores the affinities between his work and the extraordinary baroque setting of the Belvedere's Winter Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy in Vienna.

    As an accompaniment to the exhibition, the catalogue Olafur Eliasson: Baroque Baroque examines some of the trajectories of thought raised by the encounter between Eliasson's artworks and their temporary baroque housing: in particular, how transformations of space, perception, and cognition reflect the realms of politics, technology, and the Anthropocene.

    Published on the occasion of the exhibition “OLAFUR ELIASSON: BAROQUE BAROQUE,” November 21, 2015–March 6, 2016, Winterpalais of Prince Eugene of Savoy, Vienna.

    Copublished with Belvedere and TBA 21, Vienna

    Contributors Mario Codognato, Irmgard Emmelhainz, Paul Feigelfeld, Georg Lechner, Sandra Noeth, Mirjam Schaub, Daniela Zyman

    • Paperback $45.00
  • Amar Kanwar

    Amar Kanwar

    The Sovereign Forest

    Daniela Zyman

    This catalogue is an extension of an ongoing research and exhibition project that TBA21 has supported since its inception in 2006. The Sovereign Forest renders visible and collects evidence of what has hitherto been hidden and suppressed within the site of a “modern war,” in which industrial interventions have reshaped and permanently destroyed parts of the landscape of the Indian state of Odisha for over a decade, leaving villagers in suffering and devastation. The ambitious catalogue attempts to reopen and deepen discussions posed by the exhibition by bringing together a variety of voices from academic and activist backgrounds, factual and intimate narratives and interviews, image documentation, and additional documents. Equally, these complex and varied narratives help to unfold a multiplicity of different knowledges and testimonies on this obscured and intricate conflict.

    Copublished with Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary and Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the occasion of the eponymous Vienna exhibition, November 23, 2013–March 23, 2014.

    Contributors Sudha Bharadwaj, Vrinda Grover, Monika Halkort, Amar Kanwar, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Sudhir Pattnaik, Usha Ramanathan, James C. Scott, Shiv Visvanathan

    • Paperback $48.00
  • Carsten Höller

    Carsten Höller

    Leben

    Daniela Zyman and TBA21

    A catalogue as puzzling and conceptually elaborate as the exhibition it accompanies. This fully circular publication has no beginning or end, allowing for multiple points of entry and unconventional ways of reading--both from left to right and vice versa, as well as upside down and right-side up--seeking to interrupt learned behaviors and soliciting the reader's active engagement. It complements the exhibition as it unfolds a play of doubling and symmetry that references the exhibits both formally and in terms of content. This intertwining is also evident in the central text around which the catalogue pivots: a conversation between Carsten Höller—who gained academic experience in phytopathology before embarking on his artistic career--and the taxidermist Alfred Höller during the festival “#WWTBD—What Would Thomas Bernhard Do” at Kunsthalle Wien in 2013. Speaking about taxidermy (birds in particular) and the history of the origins of Thomas Bernhard's infamous novel Correction, which Bernard wrote in Alfred Höller's attic in 1974, the conversation examines conflicting areas between life and death, and between art and nature.

    Copublished with TBA21 on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition, July 10–January 4, 2015

    Contributors Alfred Höller, Carsten Höller, Daniela Zyman

    • Paperback $45.00
  • Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol

    Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol

    Eva Wilson and Daniela Zyman

    The catalog Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol accompanies the eponymous exhibition at TBA21—Augarten in Vienna by Sharon Lockhart (November 23, 2012–February 24, 2013) which consists of a complex installation of videos, photographs, and archival material, composing a subtle and sensuous portrait of the Israeli choreographer, dancer, researcher, and textile artist Noa Eshkol (1924–2007). The book features nine essays, installation photographs of the works on show, film stills, archival material from the Noa Eshkol Foundation (notations, journals, notes), and wall carpets by Noa Eshkol.

    Contributors Walead Beshty, Ramsay Burt, Ifat Finkelman, Martina Leeker, Steve Paxton, Howard Singerman, Noémie Solomon, Eva Wilson, Daniela Zyman

    • Paperback $45.00
  • Cerith Wyn Evans

    Cerith Wyn Evans

    The What If?... Scenario (after LG)

    Eva Wilson and Daniela Zyman

    This catalogue accompanies the eponymous exhibition at TBA21–Augarten in Vienna and brings together threads and voices of leading contemporary artists, scientists, and theoreticians exploring Cerith Wyn Evans's polyphonic oeuvre.

    A reality where matter meets dark matter, where the existence of a new elementary particle is conjured from theory—like an alternative world unlocked by psychotropic drugs—and results in the most complex experimental facilities ever built, brings us to the heart of Wyn Evans's new work at the Augarten, A Community Predicated on the Basic Fact Nothing Really Matters, but also figures as a conceptual model for the publication. CERN—the European Laboratory for Particle Physics—is devoted to the detection of a particle of the most labile and liminal nature, the Higgs boson. The Higgs is an afterthought, the materialization of wishful thinking: the Large Hadron Collider at CERN is constructed entirely on the fiction of a simulated projection of the missing particle whose necessity was postulated long before its discovery. A Community Predicated on the Basic Fact Nothing Really Matters centers on the Higgs on the one hand and the formula for LSD on the other, both containing the potential of generating new worlds.

    Copublished with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

    Contributors Liam Gillick, Florian Hecker, Carsten Höller, Robin Mackay, Jeannie Moser, Molly Nesbit, Olaf Nicolai, Martin Prinzhorn, Maria Spiropulu, Eva Wilson, Cerith Wyn Evans, Daniela Zyman

    • Paperback $38.00