The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is a multiyear 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:
- Curatorial residencies
- Artists and artworks
- Touring exhibitions
- Education programming
- International collaborations
- Digital content and interactive learning
By engaging artists, curators, educators, and the general public, MAP seeks to catalyze dialogue and creative interaction on a regional and global scale, 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 is reflected today in its global constellation of museums and wide-ranging art and education programs.
- Read: MAP’s curatorial statement, developed in the course of a focused institutional self-analysis, which asked how a museum might most effectively reflect the global multiplicity of cultural practices.
- Learn: See where MAP has traveled with Navigator, our interactive map, or browse Currents, our library of digital content organized by theme.
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- Watch: Yap’s vision for No Country incorporates her goal of establishing a dialogue between regions.
- Listen: At a symposium held at the Queens Museum, Yap recounted the exhibition’s themes.
- Read: Yap’s curatorial essay explains how the exhibition explores ideas of nation and community.
- Watch: León de la Barra discusses the role of MAP in contextualizing and connecting art from all regions of Latin America.
- Read: León de la Barra’s series of blog posts, Dispatches, 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.
- Follow: Check out León de la Barra’s personal blog, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Watch: Raza discusses her interest in working with artistic, critical, and scholarly voices from the region.
- Follow: Visit Raza’s personal website and join her on Instagram.
- Watch: Khadim Ali discusses his cultural and familial heritage as part of our Mind’s Eye program series.
- Listen: Members of artist collective The Otolith Group participate in educational talks at NTU CCA Singapore.
- Watch: Erika Verzutti talks about her sculptures on view in Under the Same Sun.
- Listen: Under the Same Sun artists converse about contemporary Latin American art at a symposium held at the Guggenheim Museum.
- Read: The Guggenheim’s Director of Public Programs, Christina Yang, describes the process of exchange, accomplishments, and insights gained with the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.
- Read: Sharon Vatsky, the Guggenheim's Director of School and Family Programs, reflects on reaching out to New York’s Latin American community to engage with Under the Same Sun.
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.
Singapore-based independent curator June Yap was selected as the first MAP curator in 2012. She has organized exhibitions for the Venice Biennale in 2011 and Tel Aviv’s International Video Art Biennial in 2010, and previously worked in the curatorial departments of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum. Yap organized MAP’s inaugural exhibition, No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, which was presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore.
Named Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, in 2013, Pablo León de la Barra earned his Ph.D in Histories and Theories from the Architectural Association, London, and has curated or co-curated more than a dozen exhibitions in the past decade, at institutions including the David Roberts Art Foundation and the Architecture Foundation, London; Centre de Art Contemporaine, Geneva, and Kunsthalle Zürich; and Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. In November 2014, he was named the director of the Casa França Brasil in Rio de Janeiro. León de la Barra organized MAP’s second exhibition, Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, which was presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and will travel to Mexico City’s Museo Jumex in fall 2015.
Independent curator, critic, and editor Sara Raza was selected in January 2015 as the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa. Based in London, Raza works on projects in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. She is Head of Education and Public Programmes and Curator of the 2015 Public Art Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan. In addition, she is the desk editor for West and Central Asia of ArtAsiaPacific magazine and has also served as curator of public programs at Tate Modern.
Artists and Artworks
MAP works with some of today’s most inventive artists, representing significant contemporary practices in each region to which the project travels. The artworks selected by MAP curators enter the Guggenheim’s permanent collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. To date, 92 artworks in a variety of mediums have been added to the collection, representing 67 artists from South and Southeast Asia and Latin America.
In addition to contributing to the Guggenheim’s collection, several artists have worked closely with the museum’s educational staff to develop talks, workshops, and outreach projects connected to the exhibitions in each venue.
With individual pages about each MAP artist, learn more about their backgrounds and influences, and gain insight into their thought processes, artistic methodologies, and daily lives.
With each phase of the project, the curator assigned to the region at issue organizes an exhibition featuring works acquired for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection through MAP. First presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the exhibitions travel to international cities with adaptations made to incorporate the communities, audiences, and institutional missions of the host venues.
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia
Inaugural MAP exhibition No Country was on view at the Guggenheim Museum in spring 2013. Featuring works by 22 artists and collectives, the exhibition investigated themes of national identity and community, cultural knowledge, power, and faith.
No Country then traveled to the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (October 30, 2013–February 16, 2014). In Hong Kong, 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 the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore (NTU CCA) from May 10 to July 20, 2014, and was organized into four themes: reflection and encounter, intersections and dualities, diversities and divisions, and the desire for unity and community. In January 2015, the Singapore presentation of No Country was named Best Exhibition of Asian Contemporary Art at the Prudential Eye Awards, an annual prize that focuses on emerging artists from across Greater Asia.
Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today
In June 2013, Under the Same Sun, an exhibition of recent acquisitions by Latin American artists, opened at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Featuring 40 works by 15 artists and collaborative duos, the exhibition was organized into six themes: Abstraction, Conceptualism, Modernities, Participation/Emancipation, Political Activism, and The Tropical.
Under the Same Sun will travel to the Museo Jumex in Mexico City in fall 2015.
An extensive series of innovative education and public programs has been customized for each MAP exhibition. At each venue, Guggenheim Museum educators and curators engage in a dynamic process of cultural and professional exchange that incorporates the direct involvement of artists and the creative integration of technology. These programs facilitate more meaningful encounters with MAP and provide a vital international intellectual forum.
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.
See highlights of educational programs and access teacher and family resource guides developed for each MAP exhibition:
Under the Same Sun: New York
In addition to the artists, curators, and educators that have participated in MAP, an international group of notable critics and thinkers have enriched the museum’s knowledge and understanding of South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa through their writings and participation in public programs.
Gridthiya Gaweewong, artistic director of Bangkok’s Jim Thompson Art Center, wrote on Thailand’s independent artistic projects and joined No Country curator June Yap and others in Bangkok to discuss artistic collaboration beyond national borders in South and Southeast Asia.
Hammad Nasar, Head of Research and Programmes at the Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong), wrote on the use of Pop art tropes by artists in Karachi and discussed cultural initiatives in Asia as part of our symposium held at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.
Zoe Butt, Executive Director and Curator of Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, interviewed Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê about reclaiming cultural identity through art and joined June Yap in questioning notions of “localness” and “globalness” as part of a curatorial talk at NTU CCA Singapore.
Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, a São Paulo-based writer and co-founder of PACA (Program for Autonomous Cultural Action São Paulo), wrote about Bolivian activist and artist María Galindo and participated in a symposium session as part of Under the Same Sun that deconstructed the notion of “Latin America” art. PACA cofounder Suely Rolnik also participated in the symposium, delivering the day’s closing keynote lecture.
Digital content and interactive learning
Visit our blog for project updates, curator interviews, and stories by artists and thinkers from around the world. Our Perspectives blog series invites artists, critics, curators, and regional experts to investigate themes and creative communities beyond those represented in the exhibitions themselves. With Dispatches, Pablo León de la Barra takes us on photo tours of the countries he visits as part of his curatorial research. Stay up-to-date on MAP’s progress with On the MAP, a monthly roundup of our latest activities.
With our library of video and audio, revisit past programs, hear from our curators and artists, and watch videos created by MAP artists that provide insight into their communities, work, and inspirations.
Not sure where to start? Try browsing our library of digital content by location or theme with two educational tools:
With our interactive map, get a truly global view of MAP through photos, videos, blogs, and more. See where our curators have traveled, go behind the scenes with our exhibition artists, and catch up on past programs through video and audio documentation. On our blog, take a look at how we created MAP Navigator.
Peruse the many and varied ideas, discussions, and texts generated by MAP artists, artworks, exhibitions, and educational and public programs by four evolving themes: Community, Geography, History, and Politics.