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 (February 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 (October 30, 2013–February 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 conditions. The second of three regional exhibitions, Under the Same Sun debuted at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (June 13–October 1, 2014) and will travel to Museo Jumex in Mexico City (November 19, 2015–February 7, 2016).


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The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative will identify and support a network of curators and artists from South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa in a comprehensive five-year program involving curatorial residencies, acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s collection, international touring exhibitions, and far-reaching educational activities.

The Guggenheim will select and invite one curator from each of the regions to participate in overlapping two-year residencies in New York, during which the chosen curator will work in concert with Guggenheim staff to identify and select new artworks that reflect a range of the 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, and will enter the museum’s permanent collection. Each exhibition will then travel to its respective focus region and conclude its tour in a city elsewhere in the world. In all, three exhibitions will travel to three venues for a total of nine presentations. Each exhibition will be accompanied by a dynamic and customized suite of audience-driven educational opportunities for the public, both at the exhibition venues and online.

Curatorial direction will be provided under the guidance of the New York–based Guggenheim curatorial team of Deputy Director and Chief Curator Nancy Spector and Director of Curatorial Affairs Joan Young. Additional curatorial staff members will provide expertise and oversight throughout the project.


The first exhibition, focusing on works from South and Southeast Asia, will travel to two venues following the inaugural exhibition in New York during the winter of 2013, with Singapore and Hong Kong under consideration as possible destinations.

June Yap has been selected as the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, by a committee of five esteemed experts in South and Southeast Asian art. She recently began a two-year residency at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, where she will be curating the first exhibition in the initiative, focusing on the artistic practices and cultural traditions of South and Southeast Asia. View June Yap's biography.


Patrick Flores
Professor, Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines

Kwok Kian Chow
Senior Advisor to the Board and CEO, National Art Gallery, Singapore

Alexandra Munroe
Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Sandhini Poddar
Associate Curator, Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Kavita Singh
Associate Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


The exhibition locations, opening dates, regional curators, and advisory committees for phases two and three will be announced at a later date.


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Museo Jumex education staff and volunteers lead daily guided tours for schools and the public that are free with museum admission.

11/19/15 - 02/07/16

Public Program

Amalia Pica’s performative work A ∩ B ∩ C (2013) is activated by Museo Jumex staff and volunteers nine times every week.

11/19/15 - 02/07/16


Exhibition artist Minerva Cuevas will engage with the public by discussing her artwork, the exhibition, and Latin America.



This two-day academic symposium addresses cultural and historic specificities of Latin America as they inflect a range of critical issues in contemporary art practice. Each day features a keynote lecture and two panel discussions.

01/29/16 - 01/30/16


Paul Ramírez Jonas’s work, which ranges from large-scale public installation and monumental sculpture to drawing, video, and intimate performance, traces the enduring aspiration to an ever-elusive perfect world.



Beatriz Santiago Muñoz makes films and videos in an uncontrived, observational style reminiscent of documentary that also blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction.



In a week-long residency at artist-run school SOMA, Under the Same Sun artists Beatriz Santiago Muñoz and Paul Ramírez Jonas will develop a seminar with local art students, bringing together their pedagogical approaches to art through the connections of both institutions, museum and art school.

01/11/16 - 01/26/16


The second presentation of Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today will be developed in collaboration with Museo Jumex for exhibition at the Mexico City museum. Works will be shown throughout the museum’s galleries and public spaces, presenting a new interpretation of curator Pablo León de la Barra’s themes.

11/19/15 - 02/07/16