TBA21 presents the project Antarctic Resolution by Giulia Foscari and UNLESS at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

The piece will be shown on 2 October at 12:00 in the foyer of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the signing of the Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty on Environmental Protection in Madrid
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Delfino Sisto Legnani  -   Exhibition and Publication Image courtesy of UNLESS

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation (TBA21) presents the project Antarctic Resolution by Giulia Foscari and UNLESS at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza on 2 October, as part of the programme to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the signing of the Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty on Environmental Protection in Madrid on 4 October 1991.

"Antarctica is not only the most precious thermostat we have on our planet, but it also represents a unique opportunity for governments to work together to promote the initial objective of the Madrid Protocol, rather than reverse it. Cooperation must come before national interests," said Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, Founder and President of TBA21.

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Anne Noble - Fuel Depot, South Pole Station

Signed in Madrid on 4 October 1991, the Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty on Environmental Protection entered into force in 1998, designating Antarctica as a "natural reserve, dedicated to peace and science" (Art. 2). In honour of the thirtieth anniversary of the Antarctic Environmental Protocol and building on TBA21's 20-year commitment to environmental and peace advocacy and its long-term relationship with the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, TBA21 will present an exhibition and conference at the museum, in collaboration with the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge and its minister, Teresa Ribera.

The exhibition will run from 2 to 12 October 2021 at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid.

The Antarctic Resolution is the first holistic body of research ever produced on Antarctica that provides a high-resolution image of our seventh continent. Developed by UNLESS, a non-profit agency for change founded by architect Giulia Foscari, in collaboration with the world's leading Antarctic experts, the encyclopaedic project focuses on the continent's unique geography, unparalleled scientific potential, contemporary geopolitical significance, experimental governance system and extreme habitation model.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - The Antarctic as a Global Commons

The inaugural round table will be held on Saturday 2 October 2021 at 12:00 noon in the Auditorium of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza itself.

Giulia Foscari Widmann Rezzonico is an architect, researcher and writer who has worked in Europe, Asia and America. She is the founder of UNA, an architectural practice focused on cultural projects, and her alter ego UNLESS, a non-profit agency for change dedicated to interdisciplinary research on extreme environments threatened by the planetary crisis.

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2020 NASA, Map data 2020 - Antarctic Resolution

Foscari's career includes a long collaboration with Rem Koolhaas/OMA and Zaha Hadid Architects. She is a partner at the architectural firm FWR Associati and a member of MoMA's International Council. Her work has been shown in multiple editions of the International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia. Foscari has taught at the University of Hong Kong and the Architectural Association, and founded The Polar Lab. She is the author of Elements of Venice and editor of Antarctic Resolution (Lars Müller Publishers).