Initiative

1st phase:
South and Southeast Asia
2013 - 2014

1st phase: South and Southeast Asia 2013 - 2014

2nd phase:
Latin America
2014 - 2015

2nd phase: Latin America 2014 - 2015

3rd phase:
Middle East and North Africa
2015 - 2016

3rd phase: Middle East and North Africa 2015 - 2016

5 years, 3 curators, 3 world regions, 9 exhibitions

This initiative will focus successively on the selected regions, beginning with South and Southeast Asia. The Guggenheim will invite one curator from each region to participate in overlapping two-year residencies in New York, during which they will work in concert with the Guggenheim staff to identify and select collections of new or recent artworks, reflecting a range of each region’s most salient cultural practices and intellectual discourses.

Works selected for the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative will be presented in traveling exhibitions, each of which will be inaugurated at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, then shown in the focus region and in a major city elsewhere in the world. The works collected from all three regions will enter the permanent collection of the Guggenheim under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund.

Phase 1: South and Southeast Asia with Curator June Yap

The first phase of the project focuses on the art of South and Southeast Asia. June Yap was selected as Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, following nominations by a committee of five esteemed experts on the region. Yap began her two-year residency at the Guggenheim in New York in April 2012. Since then, she has been working with members of the Guggenheim curatorial staff to identify what constitutes the defining geographic parameters of her research.

She has travelled to various countries in the region including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. New or recent artworks that represent key artists, movements, collaborations, and creative networks from this region have been selected and form the basis of the inaugural exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia.

40 works from 27 artists were collected for this first phase. Having presented the works of 22 artists and collectives representing some of today's most compelling and innovative voices in South and Southeast Asia at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the touring exhibition will be on view at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center from October 30, 2013, until February 16, 2014. Thereafter, the exhibition will travel to Singapore.

Phase 2: Latin America with Curator Pablo León de la Barra

The second phase of the project is focusing on contemporary art from Latin America. Pablo León de la Barra has been selected as Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, and began his two-year residency at the Guggenheim in New York in August 2013.
 
In his role as Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, Pablo León de la Barra will draw on years of extensive research of local artists, curators, and intellectuals. Dialogue surrounding the distinctive cultural and artistic landscape of the region will provide a foundation for an exhibition that is planned to open at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in June 2014 before traveling to two international venues.

Phase 3: Middle East and North Africa

The third phase of Guggenheim UBS MAP will focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Advisory committee members, curators, cities, venues, exhibition tour dates and more specific information about this phase will be announced at a later stage. The exhibition tour will take place in 2015 and 2016.