October 30, 2013–February 16, 2014
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia is the first exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, a multiyear collaboration charting contemporary art and creative activity across three geographic regions. Featuring recent acquisitions in painting, sculpture, video, film, work on paper, and installation, No Country was first seen in New York at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (February 22–May 22, 2013). The exhibition—the title of which was drawn from the opening line of W.B. Yeats’s “Sailing to Byzantium” (1928) (a line also appropriated by Cormac McCarthy for the title of his novel No Country for Old Men )—proposes an understanding of South and Southeast Asia that transcends physical and political borders.
Adapted in collaboration with the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, and drawing on the New York exhibition’s central themes of cultural, historical, and political representation, the presentation in Hong Kong places added emphasis on the impact of South and Southeast Asian spiritual and moral tenets on the shaping of the region’s communities. No Country investigates the variety of contemporary artistic practice in this diverse region and demonstrates how the artists represented in the exhibition move beyond reductive representation to reflect on the manifestations and effects of belief.
Vincent Leong, Keeping Up with the Abdullahs 1, 2012. Chromogenic print and plaque in artist's frame, edition 2/8, 83.2 × 120 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, 2012.151 © Vincent Leong