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 travelling exhibition, 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.
1st Phase: South and Southeast Asia with curator June Yap
The first phase exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia aimed to describe how ideas migrate and how borders are porous and often disputed, in order to encourage audiences to look beyond political and geographical boundaries. The 40 works from 27 artists represent some of today's most compelling and innovative voices in South and Southeast Asia.
First shown at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the touring exhibition was 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.
2nd Phase: Latin America with curator Pablo León de la Barra
The second phase of the project focuses on contemporary art from Latin America. Pablo León de la Barra has been selected as Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for this phase. The exhibition Under The Same Sun, examines the diversity of today’s creative responses to complex shared realities, which have been influenced by colonial and modern histories, repressive governments, economic crises, and social inequality, as well as by concurrent periods of regional economic wealth, development, and progress.
It debuted at the Guggenheim Museum from June 13 - October 1 2014, featuring 50 works by 40 artists representing 15 countries. The exhibition was also successively shown at the Jumex Museum in Mexico City from November 19 - February 7 2016, and then travelled to London: currently it has been hosted by the South London Gallery, from June 4 until September 11, 2016.
3rd Phase: Middle East and North Africa with curator Sara Raza
The third phase of Guggenheim UBS MAP, with curator Sara Raza, focuses on the Middle East and North Africa. But A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise investigates narratives of origin, ideologies of architecture, and the politics of migration throughout the region and its diaspora.
Artworks by 19 artists chosen by Sara Raza will enter the permanent collection and form the basis of the third phase's exhibition that opened at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, on April 29, 2016.
The final installation of But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is presented in Milan from April 11 through June 17, 2018.