Previous curatorial residencies

We started our Curator in Residence program in Fall 2013 with a residency offered in cooperation with TBA 21-Academy. The residency has been taking place from September, 2013 until the end of March, 2014. We were pleased to host our Curator in Residence Nadim Samman.


Main Activities / Responsibilities of the Curator in Residence:

Art and Research Expeditions and Events:
Within the framework of the TBA21-Academy program, you will
– Assist in the curatorial process in preparing the Academy expeditions and events on and off board of the research vessel “Dardanella” along the Pacific Ocean from Costa Rica to Alaska.
– Support the preparation of a research symposium on a new pavilion commission that will focus on an iconic barometer of the changing environment, the world’s threatened coral reefs. The seminar will bring together leading architects, sound artists, marine biologists, climate specialists, conservationists and engineers to the consider challenges and solutions required to realise this project.
– Write informative and scholarly texts for Academy presentations.
– Work with the PR department in the preparation of facebook entries and other social media postings.
– Work on a concept for a publication series.
– Weekly time scope: 30-40 hours.

Within the framework of studios das weisse haus program, you will
– present a project (related to your curatorial work at TBA21-Academy, former shows, etc.) at the end of the residency in form of a screening, lecture or symposium.

Essential requirements:

– A relevant degree in the history of art, curatorial praxis, ethnography, philosophy, or a related field.
– Some work experience in an art institution, art gallery, museum, or with a collection.
– Demonstrable knowledge of and practical involvement in contemporary international art, in particular of the intersection of art, science and environment.
– Demonstrable excellence in verbal communication and presentation in English and excellent writing skills in English, including the capacity to write texts for a specialist readership as well as accessible texts for a general public.
– Well-developed interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach to team working; the ability to work on many related issues at the same time.
– Excellent organization, planning and administrative skills, with ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple activities to meet deadlines on time and to budget.
– Computer literacy – able to use IT applications to support own workload.
– Awareness of issues of equality and cultural diversity as they affect the work of a very diversified foundation.


– Knowledge of TBA21 Collection and the TBA21-Academy.
– Some track record of publications.
– Good Spanish language skills.                

Accommodation, Payment and Service:

– A monthly allowance of 1000,- Euros.
– A cover of traveling expenses with 200,- Euros for residents coming from a country within Europe, and with 400,- Euros for residents coming from any country outside of Europe.
– A private room in a shared apartment.


We offer a program of events and activities of both institutions that links the resident to the local art community.

Open Studio Days:
Twice a residence period (each 6 weeks), there will be an Open Studio Day.

Social Events:
We organize studio visits, admittance to various events, exhibition previews, guided tours, etc. We connect our curators in residence with local artists, curators and other creative practitioners.

Final Presentation:
The curator in residence will present a project (related to your curatorial work at TBA21-Academy, former shows, etc.) at the end of the residency in form of a screening, lecture or symposium.                                

Background TBA21-Academy – Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation (TBA21)

Founded in Vienna in 2002 by Francesca von Habsburg, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation (TBA21) represents the fourth generation of the Thyssen family’s dedication to the arts. After ten years of collecting, commissioning projects and engaged exhibition practice, TBA21 has established a well-respected collection of more than 500 contemporary artworks in the field of new media – including film, video, light, sound and mixed media installations, sculpture, painting, photography and performance – and successfully co-commissioned about 50 projects ranging from multi-media installations to sound compositions and contemporary architecture. In May 2012 the new public exhibition venue opened in the Augarten Park in Vienna. The foundation sustains a far-reaching regional and international orientation.

Since 2011 the TBA21-Academy forms an extraordinary project within the foundation, placing research and knowledge creation at the very core of its work. The foundation’s new creative venture gives space for research, thoughts and teaching. It offers an intimate environment for spontaneous and collective thinking for free-spirited minds, bringing together specialists from diverse fields to an “autonomous” space, the 131-feet TBA21-Academy research vessel the Dardanella. It encourages the trans-disciplinary creative work of the foundation in the realms of contemporary art, sound art, science, sustainability, performance, architecture, social issues and politics through creating and boarding a network of international expertise. Currently, the Academy is committed to highlighting projects that directly concern our oceans and their preservation, working on issues such as coral reefs, overfishing, sound pollution and the melting of the ice cap. The Dardanella is on a discovery mission around the Northern and Latin American continent, navigating from Panama and the Galapagos Islands its way up to the north, to the Bering Strait and the Northwest Passage that has thwarted explores for centuries.

image: © Jose Alejandro Alvarez