MAP Overview

MAP Overview

The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is a multi-year cross-cultural collaboration in support of art, artists, and curatorial talent from three regions: South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. The project encompasses:

Conceived to engage artists, curators, educators, and the general public, MAP seeks to catalyze dialogue and creative interaction both regionally and globally, fostering lasting relationships among artists, institutions, museumgoers, scholars, and online communities. The program builds on and reflects the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s distinguished history of internationalism, as manifest today in its global network of museums and wide-ranging art and education programs. The initiative’s curatorial statement was developed in the course of focused institutional self-analysis, which asked how a museum might most effectively reflect the global multiplicity of cultural practices.

Curatorial Residencies

MAP Curatorial Residencies

Left: June Yap, Guggenheim UBS Map Curator, South and Southeast Asia (Photograph by David Heald, © Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation, New York). Right: Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America (Photo: Kristopher McKay © Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation, New York)

For each phase of the initiative, a curator from the focus region is invited to undertake a two-year residency with the Guggenheim. The curators are selected from nominations submitted by advisory committees comprising experts from each of the three regions.

Shortly after she began her residency, June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, shared insights from her research process. She spoke at length about the project and South and Southeast Asian art during symposia held at the Queens Museum and Asia Society Hong Kong Center, and authored an essay that explains how the exhibition explores ideas of nation and community.

Named Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, in the summer of 2013, Pablo León de la Barra spoke early in his residency about the role of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative in contextualizing and connecting art from all regions of Latin America. He has also issued a series of blog posts, Dispatches, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at his research trips across Latin America and documents some of the art and the people he has encountered. During the Under the Same Sun exhibition in New York, León de la Barra participated in Ask A Curator Day, taking to Twitter to answer questions about the history of Conceptual art in South America, curatorial challenges, and his perspective on the direction of contemporary art.

Artworks and Exhibitions

MAP Artworks and Exhibitions

Installation view: Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 13–October 1, 2014. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Artworks selected by MAP curators enter the Guggenheim’s permanent collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. Each of the curators also organizes an exhibition, which is presented first at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Exhibitions travel to international cities, with adaptations made to incorporate the communities, audiences, and institutional missions of the host venues.

The inaugural MAP exhibition, No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, was on view at the Guggenheim Museum in the spring of 2013, after which it traveled to the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, where it was on display from October 30, 2013, to February 16, 2014. The exhibition was adapted to focus on the impact of South and Southeast Asian spiritual and moral teachings on the shaping of the region’s communities. The third and final presentation of No Country was on view at Singapore’s Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), a national research center of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), from May 10 to July 20, 2014.

In June 2013, Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, an exhibition of acquisitions by Latin American artists, opened at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The exhibition will travel to the Museo Jumex in Mexico City in fall 2015.

To learn more about the project’s artworks, artists, and practices, visit

Education Programming

MAP Education Programming

Families with children ages 5–12 heard ancient stories retold by artist Khadim Ali. Photo: Tanya Ahmed

A series of extensive and innovative education and public programs has been customized for each Guggenheim UBS MAP exhibition venue through a dynamic process of cultural and professional exchange, the direct involvement of artists, and the creative integration of technology. These programs enable visitors to enjoy more meaningful encounters with Guggenheim UBS MAP and provide a vital international intellectual forum. In a blog post looking back on a fruitful collaboration with the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, the Guggenheim’s Director of Public Programs, Christina Yang, described the process of exchange, accomplishments, and insights gained.

Education and public programs, which provide inclusive learning opportunities for young people, families, and adults, incorporate artist talks, films, live events, multimedia tours, symposia, and workshops. School tours, resource materials for teachers, and after-school and family programs are also significant components of each exhibition. On the blog, the Guggenheim's Director of School and Family Programs, Sharon Vatsky, reflected on reaching out to New York’s Latin American community to engage with the exhibition Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today through a combination of outreach and bilingual educational resources.

Highlights of education and public programs and teacher and family resources developed for the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative may be accessed on individual venue pages:

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia: New York | Hong Kong | Singapore

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today: New York

Guggenheim UBS MAP Online

MAP Online

The 75-meter tall Torre del Reformador (Tower of the Reformer) in Guatemala City, one of Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, Pablo León de la Barra’s research destinations. Photo: Pablo León de la Barra

The Guggenheim UBS MAP online encourages a cross-cultural dialogue about contemporary art and cultural practice in the initiative’s three regions of focus, inviting visitors to learn about the curators selected to research and collect art from South and Southeast Asia and Latin America, respectively, the exhibiting artists and their work, and the regions themselves.

MAP Navigator, an interactive feature, allows users to delve into a wide array of elements of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, including an animation made by a Chilean artist and shown in Times Square, a workshop for those who are blind or have low vision exploring miniature painting, and a Bangalore-based artist whose work deals with strife in Kashmir.

Visitors can also learn about the programs and events associated with the initiative, and watch videos or listen to audio recordings that open windows onto the histories, themes, and processes that drive the multifaceted MAP initiative. Exhibition artists share information and stories about their backgrounds, works, and processes in video profiles, and produce videos that provide insight into their communities, work, and inspirations.

Learn more how community, geography and borders, history, and politics have become central to the conversation about contemporary art by perusing the many and varied ideas, and texts generated by MAP artists, artworks, exhibitions, and educational and public programs.


One goal of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is to initiate and contribute to conversations about contemporary art in the United States and around the world. Our blog brings together MAP’s ideas, happenings, and highlights.

In addition to posts about MAP exhibitions, public programs, and featured videos, the Perspectives blog series hosts writing, photography, audio, and video from artists, critics, curators, and regional experts that investigates topics, media, and creative communities beyond those represented in the exhibitions themselves. In Dispatches, Pablo León de la Barra describes the research travel he conducts to prepare a complex yet cohesive exhibition. On the MAP, our monthly round-up, reports on highlights of the project, presenting workshop videos, interviews with artists, and providing updates on other relevant goings-on.

Visitors can make their voices heard by participating in ongoing discussions on contemporary art and cultural practice via comments on our blog and on social media, using #GuggUBSMAP.