No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of New York on February 22.

Guggenheim UBS MAP will present its first exhibition in New York
New York City - JAN 23, 2013
The global art initiative Guggenheim UBS MAP, has announced its inaugural exhibition, entitled No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia. The exhibit will feature painting, sculpture, photography, video, works on paper, and installation from 22 of the most important faces of Asia’s contemporary art scene from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. “The beauty of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is that it allows us to spotlight regions which have so far been rather underrepresented in the largely Western-centric international art scene” said CEO of UBS Wealth Management Jurg Zeltner.

The show covers a wide range of cultures, languages and approaches to artistic creation in order to analyse the continuously changing context of creative practices in the Asian continent. The main concept behind the exhibition focuses on uncovering existing networks of intellectual exchange and influence between the different artistic nodes of each country. These networks also serve as a starting point for a reflection about the impact over national identity of ethno-nationalism, colonization and globalization.

The title of the exhibition, No country, makes reference the concept of a culture without borders. Title is drawn from W.B. Yeat’s poem “Sailing to Byzantium” (1928), later incorporated by Cormac McCarthy in his novel "No Country for Old Men" (2005). The artworks presented explore themes such as concepts of nation, identity and religion, among others that explore the artistic diversity of the regions represented. In the words of June Yap, curator of the show, No Country is more than an exhibition alone, it is a platform for discussion and exchange, and for the undoing of barriers to mutual understanding.”

The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative was launched in April 2012 with the goal of being a multi-year collaboration between South and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa. The collaboration includes curatorial residencies, international touring exhibitions, education programming, as well as new acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. 

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia. Guggenheim UBS MAP. From February 22 to May 22. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. 

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