Guggenheim UBS MAP
Global Art Initiative
Mapping the world through art
The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative has pushed the boundaries of how museums, artists and curators connect to build global collections and to engage audiences around the world.
Since its launch, the Guggenheim has welcomed three resident curators – June Yap (South and Southeast Asia), Pablo León de la Barra (Latin America) and Sara Raza (Middle East and North Africa) – providing an exchange of scholarship and new thinking between experts in the regions and Guggenheim curatorial staff.
To date, MAP’s acquisitions program has brought more than 90 works by 67 artists and collectives into the Guggenheim’s permanent collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. These works by primarily mid-career artists have been viewed by more than 500,000 people in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore to date.
Through this initiative, representation of Latin American artists in the Guggenheim’s collection has increased by 66% and the number of collection works from Latin America has increased by 30%.
The representation of artists from South and Southeast Asia and the number of artworks from that region have each grown by more than 200%.
More than 6,000 students, teachers, and families have participated in 80+ interactive educational programs, developed jointly by the Guggenheim and its institutional partners. Programs created specifically for local audiences, such as interactive teaching workshops for educators, artist-authored teacher guides, and Cantonese-language tours for families, have been incorporated into year-round programming at MAP presentation venues.
In addition, MAP’s robust website, guggenheim.org/MAP, has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and offers a trove of new content, including videos with artists and curators, profiles of each artist whose work has been acquired through the initiative, blog posts by international curators and critics, and interactive learning tools.
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