The Ministry of Culture has assured in 7.5 million euros the anonymous work ‘The Béhague Sanguszko carpet’ for display in the Thyssen Bornemisza National Museum, at the exhibition ‘Walid Raad. Cotton under my feet’. The State guarantee has been requested by Thyssen, according to the Official State Gazette (BOE) this Monday.
The insured work is about a late 16th century cotton, silk and wool rug from a private collection. The maximum period of coverage of the State guarantee will begin on September 6, 2021 and will have a deadline of February 14, 2022.
The exhibition ‘Cotton Under My Feet’, which can be visited between October 6 and January 23, is made up of a set of works that the Lebanese artist based in the United States, Walid Raad, has created by order of TBA21 to be exhibited at the Thyssen Museum.
Through the intervention in various parts of the building, the exhibition opens new spaces for interpretation that launch narratives and premonitions created by Raad and linked to the pieces in the collection and their history.
The exhibition functions as a fictitious investigation into the conditions and historical events related to the sale, transfer, conservation and exhibition of the works, which brings the visitor closer to images and fictional stories about the origins and future of the Thyssen collection and that the artist links to other international art collections. Raad also designs a series of itineraries made up of lectures-performances.