Photo © Francesca von Habsburg

Francesca von Habsburg has a pharaonic vision of the role of the collector: as an enabler of greater-than-life art projects, through her foundation Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21). Unlike most of her peers she does not buy art, she commissions it, working together with artists that push boundaries and incorporate technology and science.

For NOWNESS' new series Collectors, director Edward Housden captured von Habsburg in her exhibition space in Vienna, during Carsten Höller’s exhibition LEBEN, where she admitted: “There is too much art for art’s sake and not enough art for the sake of the world we live in and the things we’d like to change about it.”

Francesca is now a leading figure in the art world and regularly participates in the major biennales by commissioning new works of contemporary art through her foundation called Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary which she founded in 2002 in Vienna Austria  and has built up her own art collection with over four hundred pieces of contemporary video and digital art. Since 2012, TBA21 has a new exhibition space in Vienna's second district, more precisely in a public park called Augarten. The exhibition space was therefore renamed Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary–Augarten. It exhibits works from the collection in thematic exhibitions twice a year. The Foundation also organises exhibitions of its collection world wide.

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