Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative


The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative fosters cross-cultural interaction between artists, curators, and audiences via educational programs, online activities, and collection building. It focuses on three regions—South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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Initially presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Feb 22–May 22, 2013), MAP’s inaugural exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia traveled to two international venues: the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (Oct 30, 2013–Feb 16, 2014) and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (May 10–July 20, 2014). Curated by June Yap, the exhibition and its accompanying programs explored universal themes of national identity, power, and faith.

Organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today examines Latin America’s past, present and future through creative responses to the region’s complex political, economic, and social issues. The second of three MAP exhibitions, Under the Same Sun debuted at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (June 13–Oct 1, 2014) and will travel to the Museo Jumex in Mexico City in fall 2015.


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Latin America, Perspectives

Dark Clouds on the Horizon? Camagüey and Havana

Elvis Fuentes

Dark Clouds on the Horizon? Camagüey and HavanaElvis Fuentes visits the FIVAC festival in Camagüey, meets artist Marlon Portales in Havana, describes a new studio initiative, delineates the subtleties of the Havana Biennial and Zona Franca, and visits controversial artist Tania Bruguera. MORE

Latin America, Dispatches

Dispatch: Dominican Republic

Pablo León de la Barra

Dispatch: Dominican RepublicIn an on-the-road communiqué from the Dominican Republic, curator Pablo León de la Barra identifies some significant people and places in Santo Domingo, whose museums are notably out of step with the contemporary mainstream, visits artists on the outskirts of the city, and drops in to Santiago de los Caballeros. MORE

Latin America, Perspectives

Contrabienal: Art, Politics, and Latin American Identity in 1970s New York

Aimé Iglesias Lukin

Contrabienal: Art, Politics, and Latin American Identity in 1970s New YorkAimé Iglesias Lukin revisits Contrabienal, an artist’s book that called for a boycott of the 1971 São Paulo Biennial, and documented the influence of politics on Latin American artists in 1960s and ’70s New York. MORE


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The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is supported by a variety of far-reaching educational and contextual activities, including lectures, panels, performances, films, gallery tours, multimedia mobile tours, and artist-led workshops. These programs and accompanying resource materials will evolve from a dynamic process of exchange among the Guggenheim’s curatorial and education staff, the project curators, the artists, and colleagues from participating institutions. Check this section, Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail for further details and news.