FRANCESCA THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA, Founder and chair of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), is an activist, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. Driven by a belief in the power of art to serve as an agent of change, she has supported artists throughout her career in the production and creation of new work that fuels engagement with the most pressing issues of our times. TBA21 programmed a dynamic center for contemporary art in Vienna for fifteen years, and in 2019 established an office in Madrid, cooperating with the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza to organize exhibitions from the TBA21 collection. TBA21 has partnered with institutions internationally to lend works and mount cultural programs of ambitious scale and scope. In 2011, Thyssen-Bornemisza co-founded TBA21–Academy with Markus Reymann.