Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative - Latin America


MAP curator Pablo León de la Barra discusses his interest in furthering a dialogue on Latin American art at the Guggenheim and beyond by focusing on the region’s shared histories and forging new connections between them.

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 13–October 1, 2014. Installation view.
In this essay, León de la Barra traces the history of the Guggenheim’s engagement with Latin American art and delves into the themes seen in Under the Same Sun.
English | Portuguese

From Dispatch: Costa Rica
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June 13–October 1, 2014

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, Under the Same Sun featured works by 40 artists and collaborative duos from 15 countries. The artworks were organized around six themes: Abstraction, Conceptualism, Modernities, Participation/Emancipation, Political Activism, and The Tropical. MORE


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