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 South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. The project encompasses:

Conceived to engage artists, curators, educators, and a range of other audiences, Guggenheim UBS MAP seeks to catalyze dialogue and creative interaction both regionally and globally, fostering lasting relationships among institutions, artists, scholars, museumgoers, 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 grew out of an 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

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

Artworks and Exhibitions

MAP Artworks and Exhibitions

Installation view: No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, October 30, 2013–February 16, 2014. Courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Asia Society Hong Kong Center. Photo: Jessica Hromas

New acquisitions are selected by MAP curators with expertise in their respective regions—South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. Artworks enter the Guggenheim’s permanent collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund and will be presented in three traveling exhibitions, each of which will first open at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. 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; the traveling exhibition is on view at Asia Society Hong Kong Center, October 30, 2013–February 16, 2014. In the summer of 2014, the Guggenheim Museum will present an exhibition of acquisitions by Latin American artists.

Education Programming

MAP Education Programming

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

As part of its mission to encourage cross-cultural dialogue about contemporary art and cultural practice, and in conjunction with the exhibitions, the Guggenheim presents an extensive and innovative series of public and academic programs in New York, at the exhibition venues, and in the regions.

An extensive range of programs in the visual arts are customized for each 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 have more meaningful encounters with the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative and provide a vital international intellectual forum.

Programs, which provide inclusive learning opportunities for young people, families, and adults, incorporate multimedia tours, artist talks, workshops, live events, films, and symposia. School tours, resource materials for teachers, and after-school and family programs are also significant components of each exhibition.

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

Guggenheim UBS MAP online currently enables 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. They can also learn about the programs and events associated with the initiative.

Visitors can also make their voices heard by participating in ongoing discussions on contemporary art and cultural practice.


One goal of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is to initiate, explore, and contribute to conversations about contemporary art and art practice in the United States and around the world. Our Perspectives blog hosts writing, photography, video, and audio from artists, critics, curators, and regional experts that investigates topics, mediums, and creative communities beyond those represented in the exhibitions themselves. Videos open a window onto the histories, themes, and processes that drive the multifaceted MAP initiative. Exhibition artists share their works and processes. Curators describe their methods for preparing complex yet cohesive exhibitions. And artworks are enlivened through deep context, and presented as part of a rich, vibrant whole.