Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative Travels to Asia Society Hong Kong Center

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From October 30, 2013, to February 16, 2014, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center will present No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia. Originally staged at the Guggenheim Museum in early 2013, No Country is the inaugural touring exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, an international program committed to cultural exchange in three geographic regions—South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. “With the burgeoning arts scene and creative dynamism in the region, there is no better time than now to bring this world-class exhibition to Hong Kong,” said S. Alice Mong, Executive Director, Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

South and Southeast Asia is home to numerous influential faiths, religions, and ethical codes, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. The Hong Kong presentation of No Country posits an understanding of South and Southeast Asia that transcends physical and political borders and emphasizes how the region’s spiritual and moral teachings have further shaped its communities.

No Country is curated by June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, and Dominique Chan, Exhibition Curator, Asia Society Hong Kong Center. Featuring 18 works by 13 artists, the exhibition includes painting, sculpture, photography, video, and mixed media. The artists featured in the Hong Kong presentation are Aung Myint (b. 1946, Yangon, Myanmar), Bani Abidi (b. 1971, Karachi, Pakistan), Reza Afisina (b. 1977, Bandung, Indonesia), Khadim Ali (b. 1978, Quetta, Pakistan), Shilpa Gupta (b. 1976, Mumbai, India), Vincent Leong (b. 1979, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Tayeba Begum Lipi (b. 1969, Gaibandha, Bangladesh), Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976, Saigon, Vietnam), Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (b. 1957, Trad, Thailand), Vandy Rattana (b. 1980, Phnom Penh, Cambodia), Norberto Roldan (b. 1953, Roxas City, Philippines), Tang Da Wu (b. 1943, Singapore), and Truong Tan (b. 1963, Hanoi, Vietnam).

“In this exhibition, the intention is to present the range of aesthetic developments and subjects of interest to contemporary artists, and to challenge the privileging of nation and national narrative as a basis for understanding them,” said Yap. “Accompanied by programs for engagement with different local audiences, No Country is more than an exhibition; it is a platform for discussion and exchange.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center will present a series of education programs including interactive gallery tours, a symposium, and artist-led workshops. The initiative’s website offers many opportunities for participation through a rich selection of essays and videos by critics, curators, and artists from around the world. In late September, the site will also host a new set of detailed pages about each exhibition artist and the acquisitions made through the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund.

Read the full media release for more information about No Country and the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

Vincent Leong, Keeping Up with the Abdullahs 1, 2012. Chromogenic print and plaque in artist's frame, edition 2/8, 32 3/4 × 47 1/4 inches (83.2 × 120 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, 2012.151 © Vincent Leong