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Major Acquisition > Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund

In 2012, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative was launched, commencing a far-reaching multiyear program of exhibitions and acquisitions that builds on and reflects the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s distinguished history of internationalism. Charting contemporary art in three geographic regions—South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa—the program encompasses curatorial residencies, international touring exhibitions, audience-driven educational programming, and acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. Designed to engage a range of audiences, Guggenheim UBS MAP seeks to stimulate dialogue and creative interaction both regionally and globally, fostering lasting relationships among institutions, artists, scholars, museumgoers, and online communities.

Over its extended duration, the project focuses successively on the selected locales, beginning with South and Southeast Asia. A curator from each region will be invited to participate in the residency, working in concert with the Guggenheim’s curatorial staff to identify new or recent artworks for acquisition that reflect a range of each region’s most salient cultural practices and intellectual discourses. In addition to joining the Guggenheim’s collection through the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, most or a selection of works will be presented to the public in three region-specific exhibitions, each of which will be staged at the Guggenheim Museum in New York before traveling to the focus region and to a third venue elsewhere in the world.

The inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia (February 22–May 22, 2013) features work that represents some of the most compelling and innovative voices in South and Southeast Asia today. Surveying the region’s shifting spectrum of creative practices through a wide range of mediums, the exhibition traces networks of intellectual exchange and influence, and considers the various impacts of ethno-nationalism, colonization, and globalization on national identity. Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, June Yap, summarized her goals for the exhibition: “more than an exhibition alone, it is a platform for discussion and exchange, and for the undoing of barriers to mutual understanding.”

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