Guggenheim Schedule of Exhibitions Through Spring 2014

Guggenheim Schedule of Exhibitions Through Spring 2014

Zarina: Paper Like Skin
January 25-April 21, 2013

This retrospective of Indian-born American artist Zarina Hashmi is the first major exploration of the master printmaker's career, charting a developmental arc from her work in the 1960s to the present and including many seminal works from the late 1960s and early 1970s, woodblock prints, etchings and lithographs, and a small selection of related sculptures in bronze and cast paper. The Guggenheim's recent acquisition of 20 works from a major series of pin drawings from 1975 to 1977 serves as a fulcrum for the presentation, which is conceived in close collaboration with the artist. The exhibition has been curated by Allegra Pesenti, Curator, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum, where it opened in September 2012. The Guggenheim presentation is organized by Sandhini Poddar, former Associate Curator of Asian Art, with Helen Hsu, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Zarina: Paper Like Skinwas organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. The presentation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is supported in part by the Leadership Committee for Zarina: Paper Like Skin, with special thanks to Luhring Augustine, New York.

Gutai: Splendid Playground
February 15-May 8, 2013

Gutai: Splendid Playground is the first North American museum exhibition devoted to Gutai, the most influential artists' collective and artistic movement in postwar Japan and one of the most important international avant-garde movements of the 1950s and 1960s. Organized thematically and chronologically to explore Gutai's inventive approach to materials, process, and performativity, the exhibition explores the group's radical experimentation across a range of media and styles and demonstrates how individual artists pushed the limits of what art could be in a postatomic age. The spectrum of works includes painting, performance, installation art, sound art, experimental film, kinetic art, light art, and environment art. The exhibition comprises some 145 objects by 25 artists on loan from museum and private collections in Japan, the United States, and Europe, and offers new scholarship, especially on so-called late Gutai works that date from 1965 to 1972. Gutai: Splendid Playground is organized by Ming Tiampo, Associate Professor of Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa, and Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Gutai: Splendid Playground is supported in part by the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Japan Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, Tokio Marine Holdings, the United States-Japan Foundation, and the Dedalus Foundation, Inc. The Leadership Committee for Gutai: Splendid Playground is gratefully acknowledged for its support: Hauser & Wirth, Yoko Ono Lennon, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Tina Kim and Jae Woong Chung, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Richard Roth, and those who wish to remain anonymous.

Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia
February 22-May 22, 2013

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia is the inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative-a multiyear project that explores contemporary art in South and Southeast Asia; Latin America; and the Middle East and North Africa. No Country features work by 22 artists and collectives representing some of the most compelling and innovative voices in South and Southeast Asia today. Focusing on the region's shifting spectrum of creative practices, the exhibition traces networks of intellectual exchange and influence, and considers the various impacts of ethno-nationalism, colonization, and globalization on national identity. The exhibition presents works by artists from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, and features painting, sculpture, photography, video, works on paper, and installation, the majority of which will be on view in the United States for the first time. 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 is expected to travel to venues in Hong Kong and Singapore. A Cultural Engagement of UBS.

March 15-May 27, 2013
This exhibition, organized in honor of Danh Vo's receipt of the Hugo Boss Prize, will be on view at the Guggenheim Museum from March 15 through May 27, 2013. The ninth artist to receive the biannual award, Vo, who lives and works in Berlin, was selected by an international jury of curators in recognition of his significant influence on contemporary art. His installations express a number of urgent concerns related to cultural identity, politics, and history, and deftly intermingle autobiography with larger cultural narratives, allowing poetic new connotations to emerge through the staging of meticulously selected images, objects, and documents. The Hugo Boss Prize 2012: Danh Vo is made possible by HUGO BOSS.

A Year with Children 2013
May 3-June 19, 2013

Learning Through Art (LTA), the pioneering arts-education program of the Guggenheim Museum, presents A Year with Children 2013, an exhibition that showcases selected artworks by New York City public-school students in 2nd through 6th grade. These students participated in a year-long artist residency, which partners professional teaching artists with classroom teachers in each of the city's five boroughs to design collaborative projects that explore art and ideas related to the classroom curriculum. Approximately 100 creative and imaginative works will be on display during this five-week installation, including drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, paintings, and assemblage pieces. For a complete list of funders, visit

James Turrell
June 21-September 25, 2013

James Turrell's first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980 focuses on the artist's groundbreaking explorations of perception, light, color, and space, with a special focus on the role of site-specificity in his practice. At its core is a major new project that recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light. One of the most dramatic transformations of the museum ever conceived, the installation reimagines Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic architecture-its openness to nature, graceful curves, and magnificent sense of space-as one of Turrell's Skyspaces, referencing in particular his magnum opus Roden Crater (1976-). Reorienting visitors' experiences of the rotunda from above to below, the exhibition gives form to the air and light occupying the museum's central void, proposing an entirely new experience of the building. Other works from throughout the artist's career will be displayed in the museum's Annex Level galleries, offering a complement and counterpoint to the new work in the rotunda. Organized in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, James Turrellcomprises one-third of a major retrospective exhibition spanning the United States during summer 2013. This exhibition is curated by Carmen Gimenez, Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of 20th-Century Art, and Nat Trotman, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The Leadership Committee forJames Turrell is gratefully acknowledged for its support.

Robert Motherwell: Early Collages
September 27, 2013-January 5, 2014

Robert Motherwell: Early Collages is devoted exclusively to Motherwell's papier colles and related works on paper from the 1940s and early 1950s and is the first focused examination of the American artist's achievements in collage in nearly 40 years. By re-examining Motherwell's origins and his engagement with this technique, which he described in 1944 as "the greatest of our [art] discoveries," the exhibition will investigate the artist's work during a pivotal decade in his career. Featuring approximately 50 artworks, the exhibition also honors Peggy Guggenheim's early patronage. At her urging, and under the tutelage of emigre Surrealist artist Matta (Roberto Sebastian Matta Echuarren), Motherwell first experimented with the papier colle technique. As he recalled years later "I might never have done it otherwise, and it was here that I found . . . my identity." The exhibition will open at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, in June 2013, and travel to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in September 2013. This exhibition is curated by Susan Davidson, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. This exhibition is supported in part by the Dedalus Foundation, Inc. The Leadership Committee for Robert Motherwell: Early Collages is gratefully acknowledged for its support.