Inaugural Guggenheim UBS MAP Exhibition Opens

Poklong Anading, Counter Acts, 2004

From February 22 through May 22, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York will present No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, the inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, which charts contemporary art and creative activity across three geographic regions. The New York presentation features works by 22 artists and collectives representing some of the most compelling and innovative voices in South and Southeast Asia today. All works have been newly acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund. Following its presentation in New York, No Country will travel to Asia Society Hong Kong Center, October 2013–February 2014. The exhibition is also expected to travel to Singapore.

To complement the project’s mission of stimulating international dialogue, features contributions by artists, curators, and scholars from South and Southeast Asia, who share viewpoints on aspects of art and culture in different parts of the region. Additionally, the Guggenheim presents an array of public programs in conjunction with the exhibition, including film screenings, tours, symposia, and artist talks. For the full schedule and to RSVP for free events, visit

Launched in April 2012, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative identifies and supports a network of curators and artists from South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa in a comprehensive multiyear program involving curatorial residencies, acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s collection, international touring exhibitions, and far-reaching educational activities designed to engage global audiences and stimulate cross-cultural dialogue.

Both museumgoers and those unable to attend the exhibition in person can download the new Guggenheim app for iPhone and iPod touch to access a rich multimedia experience of No Country, including exclusive audio and video, commentary by curator June Yap and exhibition artists, kids and family tours, verbal imaging tours for visitors who are partially sighted or blind, information on over 900 works in the collection, and more. Download free before your visit at

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Poklong Anading, Counter Acts, 2004 (production detail). Chromogenic transparency in lightbox, 228.6 x 365.8 cm, edition 3/3. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund © Poklong Anading. Photo: Courtesy the artist


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