5 years, 3 curators, 3 world regions, 8 exhibitions
This initiative focuses successively on the selected regions, beginning with South and Southeast Asia. The Guggenheim invites one curator from each region to participate in overlapping two-year residencies in New York, during which they 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/or 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. She has been working with members of the Guggenheim curatorial staff to identify what constitutes the defining geographic parameters of her research.
She 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. After that it was shown at the CCA (Contemporary Center for Art) in Singapore from May 10 - July 20 2014.
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 provided a foundation for an exhibition that was shown at the Guggenheim Museum from June 13 - October 1 2014. The exhibition featured 50 works by 40 artists representing 15 countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, United States (Puerto Rico), Uruguay and Venezuela. The exhibition presented a wide range of approaches including drawing, installation, mixed media, painting, sculpture, performance and video. Arranged in five thematic constellations – Conceptualism, Emancipation/Participation, Modernities, Political Activism and the Tropical – the works demonstrate that Latin America cannot be reduced to a single, homogeneous entity.
Phase 3: Middle East and North Africa
The third phase of Guggenheim UBS MAP, with curator Sara Raza, focuses on the Middle East and North Africa.
Building on MAP's legacy of supporting research and scolarship, Sara Raza is the third regional curator to accept a two-years residency with the Guggenheim Museum. She works closely with the Guggenheim's curatorial staff to research, identify, and acquire recent artworks by artists of Middle Eastern and North African origin that represent the most salient artistic and cultural practices of the region. Artworks chosen by Raza will enter the permanent collection and form the basis of an exhibition that will open at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2016, and subsequently travel to the region. She will also collaborate closely with education staff at the Guggenheim and each collaborating venue to program talks, workshops, and events related to the exhibition, and will be instrumental in extending the reach of the MAP initiative through related digital content on the project's website.
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