Mon. Apr 22nd, 2019

Carlos Urroz, new director of the TBA21 foundation of Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza

Carlos Urroz, new director of the TBA21 foundation of Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza

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Carlos Urroz, former director of ARCOmadrid, has been appointed director of TBA21 (Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary), the foundation created by the collector Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza - Baron Thyssen's daughter - and who, for the new responsibles, is "a leading example of successful collaborations between artists and institutions. " After nine years at the helm of the contemporary art fair, Urroz announced his departure and his decision to undertake a new project "within the world of art". In fact, the last edition was the last one in which he was at the front, this time co-directed by his substitute, Maribel López. Urroz is a man seasoned in the artistic element and this means a new direction in his career. "The Foundation has placed great emphasis on the development of new audiences and on raising awareness of social and environmental problems from the perspective of the artists, I have always admired Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza's commitment to the art and work she has developed TBA21 ", Urroz assured. Added to this appointment is the four-year agreement signed with the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum to present a series of contemporary art exhibitions from the foundation's collection in the museum and an associated public program "aimed at attracting new audiences". In this way, the exhibition 'Purple by John Akomfrah' from the TBA21 collection that has been exhibited at the museum will be continued. The agreement includes that two exhibitions a year will be presented in the temporary exhibition hall of Moneo on the ground floor of the museum for four years. TBA21 is an art foundation focused on emerging and established artists from around the world and, since 2015, has had a strong focus on environmental projects. "I have a natural emotional connection with the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum as a member of the family and as a board member, which will begin an exploration of how to bring the permanent collection to the 21st century, in the name of continuity, something that was dedicated to my father, "said Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza.


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