Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director, The Jim Thompson Art Center
Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Gridthiya Gaweewong, The Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok
Ray Langenbach, University Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lampur
Alexandra Munroe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Hammad Nasar, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Apinan Poshyananda, Ministry of Culture, Bangkok
June Yap, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is pleased to announce MAP: Regarding South and Southeast Asia, the inaugural public education program presented in conjunction with the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Organized in collaboration with The Jim Thompson Art Center, the event will feature distinguished art historians, contemporary art curators, and other internationally known arts professionals, who will engage in a discussion about community and regionalism in the context of art and culture. Their discussion will be framed by the opposing ideas of distinction and commonality within South and Southeast Asia, and by the fundamentally conflicted nature of regionalism both historically and today. The dialogue will respond to changes in the region, and investigate how national borders affect the production, presentation, and reception of contemporary art.
Transcripts and program excerpts will be available on guggenheim.org/MAP and aaa.org.hk January 2013.
Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
About Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is a multi-year collaboration that will chart contemporary art and other creative activity in three geographic regions—South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa—and encompasses curatorial residencies, international touring exhibitions, audience-driven educational programming, and acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. Conceived to engage a range of audiences, including artists, curators, and educators, 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. The program builds upon and reflects the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s distinguished history of internationalism, as manifest today in its global network of museums and wide-ranging art and education programs.
About the Inaugural Exhibition of Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, the inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from February 22 to May 22, 2013. Organized by June Yap, the exhibition focuses on the artistic practices and cultural traditions of the region and features artwork from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India. No Country revokes geopolitical borders as limits to understanding, revealing in their place networks of influence and resistance that operate within and beyond the region. It considers the effects of ethno-nationalism, colonization, and globalization on a region characterized by complex and intertwined cultural histories.
About Guggenheim UBS MAP Online Platform
The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative includes a rich online platform designed to present and contextualize the project’s content and facilitate multidisciplinary learning and cross-cultural exchange. Supplementing and enhancing No Country are perspectives from artists, curators, and scholars from within South and Southeast Asia, who share their viewpoints about artistic practice and everyday life in their respective countries. The contributions will delve into topics, mediums, and communities beyond those explored in the exhibition. Throughout the project, the site will be updated regularly with new contributions related to No Country and other focus regions.
For more information, visit guggenheim.org/MAP.