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6 June 2014
Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from June 13 through October 1, 2014

From June 13 through October 1, 2014, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York will present the exhibition Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, which, along with in-depth education programs and online learning tools, inaugurates the second phase of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, the exhibition features contemporary works by 40 artists and collaborative duos associated with 15 countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico (United States), Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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7 May 2014
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia opens on Saturday, May 10 at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

From May 10 to July 20, 2014, the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Singapore, a national research centre of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), will host the critically acclaimed exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, as part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Curated by June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, the exhibition will feature 19 works by 16 artists and collectives from 11 countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom.

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14 January 2014
Next stop: Singapore

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, currently on view at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center through February 16, 2014, will be presented next in Singapore at the CCA - NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, a national research center of the Nanyang Technological University, located within a cluster of international art galleries at Gillman Barracks, from May 10, 2014, to July 20, 2014.

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2 August 2013
Announcement of new Guggenheim UBS MAP curator for Latin America

Pablo Léon de la Barra was recently selected as Guggenheim UBS Map Curator, Latin America. He will identify some of the region’s most innovative artists and works for inclusion in a traveling exhibition scheduled to open in 2014.

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31 May 2013
Next stop: Hong Kong

After its first presentation at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, No Country: Contemporay Art for South and Southeast Asia will be on view at Asia Society Hong Kong from October 2013 – February 2014. In the meantime, learn more about the artworks presented in the exhibition and get more insights into the region's contemporary art scene by visiting www.guggenheim.org/map.

14 February 2013
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia

The first exhibition in the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative opens in New York on the 22nd of February and presents works by artists from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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12 December 2012
Mapping art and economics in Asia

In anticipation of the opening of the first exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, "No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia," UBS brought together the exhibition’s curator June Yap, and Costa Vayenas, head of Emerging Markets Research at UBS CIO Wealth Management, to discuss cultural and economic developments in the region.

The specialists share their observations and forecasts in a wide-ranging interview, each providing their own cultural or economic perspective. They look at the region’s growing profile in the art world – and what the term ‘emerging’ really means in this context. And they discuss how the area is perceived today by global investors, the different drivers of growth, and the risks that Asia faces. While both comment on the increased regional interactions within their fields in recent years, intriguingly it is Vayenas the economist who described expanding economic interlinkages throughout the region as “one of the beautiful stories we’re witnessing.”

During the interview, Yap touches on whether increased wealth has been responsible for the very evident increase in art activity in this part of the world, and the extent to which this is a correlation rather than causation. She also addresses the issue of confronting audiences with political and territorial disagreements mirrored in artworks, and gives an interesting insight into the curatorial approach behind her selection of works for the show.

The first exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, "No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, will take place in New York at the Guggenheim Museum from February 22 to May 22, 2013.

24 October 2012
Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative's new online platform

The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative’s new online platform provides artistic, social, political and cultural context for the project and invites broad participation, cross-cultural dialogue and multidisciplinary learning through a rich variety of content and media. Supplementing Guggenheim UBS MAP’s inaugural exhibition, No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, (on view February 22 – May 22, 2013 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum) the site features perspectives from artists, curators, and scholars from within South and Southeast Asia. They will share viewpoints about conditions of life and art in their respective countries, and delve into topics, mediums, and artistic communities beyond those explored in the exhibition.

Current highlights include a series of essays by notable experts. Artist and art historian Iftikhar Dadi, looks at the evolution of curatorial practice in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, while Manila-based curator Patrick D. Flores offers a nuanced view on the complexity of art in Southeast Asia, both historically and currently. Also featured is a recent conversation between Indonesian sound artist Duto Hardono and Arts Initiative Tokyo Deputy Director Roger MacDonald; and a look by writer and graphic designer Leonhard Bartolomeus into politically-infused Indonesian street art. New contributions will be added to the online platform throughout the multi-year project, so check back often and add your voice. 

18 September 2012
Interview with June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP curator for South and South East Asia

Interviewed on Guggenheim.org, June Yap describes her recent research trip to South and Southeast Asia, where she met with artists, curators and cultural thinkers in this dynamic region, including India, Thailand, and the Philippines. Currently, Yap is undertaking a two-year residency in New York as the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia. She is organizing the first exhibition in the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, which will open at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in winter 2013. Here, Yap shares her vision of the project as a way to explore creative links between countries, organizations, and individuals, and as a route to deeper engagement with contemporary art internationally.

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April 12, 2012
UBS and Guggenheim announce Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative

Watch highlights from the launch event and read the official press release.