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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 artists, institutions, museumgoers, online communities, and scholars.

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 was on view at the Guggenheim Museum from February 22 to May 22, 2013, before traveling through 2014 to the Asia Society Hong Kong Center and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore. The exhibition traced networks of intellectual exchange and influence amongst artists in the region, and considered the various impacts of ethno-nationalism, colonization, and globalization on national identity. Some 47 artworks by 28 artists from the region subsequently entered the Guggenheim’s permanent collection.

The second exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today (June 13–October 1, 2014) examines the diversity of the region’s creative responses to complex shared realities, which have been influenced by colonial and modern histories, repressive governments, economic crises, and social inequality, as well as by concurrent periods of regional economic wealth, development, and progress. The works are organized according to six themes: Abstraction, Conceptualism, Emanicipation/Participation, Modernities, Political Activism, and the Tropical. Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, Pablo León de la Barra, stated, “The Guggenheim UBS MAP Initiative gives us the opportunity to redraw cultural and artistic maps, to remove boundaries, and to create new relationships between different artistic centers.”

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