Pablo León de la Barra

Pablo León de la Barra was selected by a committee of five esteemed experts in Latin American art as Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America. León de la Barra is currently in a two-year residency at the Guggenheim in New York, and is curating the second exhibition in the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, focusing on contemporary art and artists from Latin America. Born in Mexico City in 1972, León de la Barra earned his Ph.D in Histories and Theories from the Architectural Association, London.

León de la Barra has curated or cocurated 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; apexart and Art in General, New York; Casa Luis Barragán, Casa del Lago, and Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Museo La Ene, Buenos Aires; Museu Carmen Miranda, Rio de Janeiro; Beta Local, San Juan; Centro Cultural de España, Guatemala City; Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; and Proyecto AMIL, Lima.

In London, he was a founding member of 24-7, a collective of artists and curators (2002–05); artistic director of Blow de la Barra Gallery, London (2005–08); and founder and cocurator of the community art space White Cubicle Gallery, London (2005–12). He is also the founder of the Novo Museo Tropical, and was the curator of the first Bienal Tropical in San Juan (2011). León de la Barra serves on the advisory committees of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, and the Fundación Luis Barragán, Mexico.

León de la Barra has lectured widely and participated in many international symposiums including the Serpentine Gallery Marathon, London (2008, 2010, 2011); Cisneros Seminar, Caracas (2012); Temas Centrales, Teorética, Costa Rica (2012); Rethinking Latin American Art Symposium, MOLA/LA, MALI/Lima (2011); Video Brasil, Sao Paulo (2011); and The Curators, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2009).

In 2012, León de la Barra received the first Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean in honor of Virginia Pérez-Ratton.

León de la Barra writes for numerous publications around the world and edits his own blog, Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution.

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MAP Global Art

Explore works by 40 artists and collaborative duos featured in Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today.