Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary: The Commissions Book (Sternberg Press, 2020) is a vivid documentation of TBA21’s commissioning practice and the ethos of the foundation, which involves working directly with artists on some of the most urgent topics of our time. This volume is an anthology of new texts, visual material, and research on TBA21’s commissions, woven together with explorations of the processes and relationships that enabled them. The publication was inspired by the labor, dialogue, and collaboration it took to produce these works over the past two decades, and what it means to be their guardian. The book’s innovative design was conceived by the world’s foremost book designer, Irma Boom. Print sheets made of robust natural fibers, covering and bookending the publication are scented with a fresh sylvan smell of earth, pine wood, and moss designed as a special commission by artist Sissel Tolaas. Honoring TBA21’s commitment to the environment, the book is made from sustainable materials, using 100 percent recycled paper.
By: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, TBA21
Softcover. 1336 pages. 15x21 cm
Edition by: Daniela Zyman and Eva Ebersberger
Published by: Sternberg Press (September 2020)
Design: Irma Boom