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The Guggenheim Foundation is committed to international communication and cross-cultural exchange. Each year the Guggenheim lends hundreds of works of art from its permanent collections to other museums, cultural institutions, and government agencies around the globe. These loans—along with collaborative exhibitions with partners worldwide—enable the Foundation to engage ever-broader audiences and promote broad cultural discourse.
During the past five years, Guggenheim-organized exhibitions have been presented in more than eighty museums around the world. These include, in recent years, such special and traveling exhibitions as Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe, which following its New York opening, traveled to the National Art Museum of China in Beijing as a part of the cultural Olympiad during the Olympic Games in August 2008; Art in America: Three Hundred Years of Innovation, which premiered in Beijing in February 2007 before traveling to Shanghai, Moscow, and finally Bilbao; and Felix Gonzalez-Torres: America, presented at the U.S. Pavilion of the 2007 Venice Biennale. In 2009, the exhibition Anish Kapoor: Memory inaugurated the Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim, which was dedicated to exhibiting in New York works of art commissioned jointly by Deutsche Bank and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as other thematic exhibitions, presented at the Deutsche Guggenheim. In 2010, the Guggenheim joined with YouTube, the world’s largest online video community, for YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video. Presented in collaboration with HP and Intel, the biennial aims to discover and showcase the most exceptional talent working in the ever-expanding realm of online video. And in August 2011, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a collaboration between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the BMW Group, was launched in New York, kicking off a global journey to raise awareness of important urban challenges and inspire an ongoing conversation in cities worldwide. The Lab traveled next to Berlin, where it was open from June 15 through July 29, 2012, and then to Mumbai, where it operated in collaboration with the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum between December 9, 2012 and January 20, 2013. The project concluded with Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a summary exhibition presented at the Guggenheim Museum from October 11, 2013, to January 5, 2014.
With each of its select collaborations the Guggenheim Foundation strives to learn, grow, and in return, share its knowledge and ever-expanding collections with as diverse an audience as possible—important goals in an increasingly global, interconnected world.