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Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza hosts this conversation that departs from her and José Luis de Vicente’s report on their participation on the official working sessions at COP25. This conversation addresses how art is an active tool for fighting climate change.

Participants: Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, Founder and Chairwoman TBA21; José Luis de Vicente, curator and researcher; Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, artist; and John Gerrard, artist.


During the weather conference COP25 Alice @alice.audouin invited Michael Pinsky @michael_pinsky , John Gerrard @johngerrard.inst , Fernando García Dory @fer_dory, Cédric Carles and other friends all aware that in a finite world we cannot grow indefinitely


On the occasion of the Climate Change Conference @cop25_madrid from December 2 to 13, 2019, artists explore the impact of climate change. Ten years ago, in 2009, Darya von Berner created in Madrid “Universal Cloud Flag” a white flag of minute water drops, like the clouds that nourish and sustain life. Shortly after she carried out this idea that she patented, manufactured, and installed it in front of The Peace Palace in The Hague in 2012. The cloud flag was emitted from the top of a steel mast, using fog pressure to spray water in suspension into the atmosphere.


Unique Multiples @unique.multiples is pleased to present The Last Illusion, a new sculptural edition made from one kilo of pure gold by Madrid-based conceptual artist Darya von Berner. This holographic, mixed media work features a cast sculpture of golden shit displayed within a custom holographic vitrine, which through its own visual alchemy renders the precious heavy metal into a hovering, ghostly apparition.

Following in the tradition of ‘épater le bourgeois,’ or abject works of art such as Maurizio Cattelan’s America (2016), an 18-karat gold toilet, and Piero Manzoni’s seminal work Artist’s Shit (1961), The Last Illusion continues this line of inquiry, questioning how the value of art is derived, and juxtaposing the symbolic with the tangible, the abstract with the real.


Lupus Viator, 1994 – Madrid, Spain⠀
Darya von Berner⠀

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo⠀

Wall painting⠀
Foto: Joaquín Cortes⠀

In the context of the group show “Confrontaciones (los entornos de la imagen)”, the ephemeral painting Lupus Viator, acquired monumental proprtions and covered the entirety of a wall at the museum of Anthropology in Madrid.⠀

Curators: Martín Bartolomé and Félix Guisasola⠀
Sponsor: Ministerio de Asuntos Sociales⠀
In collaboration with Ministerio de Cultura⠀

The project Lupus Viator (latin: wolf walking) began as a series of monumental painted installations of an ephemeral nature and realised in situ. Later the project continued to evolve over a period of 7 years. It travelled to 7 different countries worldwide. ⠀
Taking into consideration its extensive duration, as well as its territorial movements, from country to country, Lupus Viator can be understood almost like a mythical pilgrimage, which covers the trails and places, where wolves have formerly roamed in abundance, before the species has widely become extinct.