Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative Travels To Asia For Cultural Exchange
INAUGURAL EXHIBITION TOUR TO OPEN AT ASIA SOCIETY HONG KONG CENTER ON OCTOBER 30, 2013
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia Investigates the Diversity of Contemporary Artistic Practice in the Region
Exhibition:No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia
Venue:Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Dates: October 30, 2013February 16, 2014
MEDIA PREVIEW:Monday, October 28, 2013, 2:30 pm
NEW YORK and HONG KONG, Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The Asia Society Hong Kong Center will present No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, the inaugural touring exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, from October 30, 2013, to February 16, 2014. Featuring recent work by 13 artists from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, No Country presents some of the most compelling and innovative voices in South and Southeast Asia today. The exhibition was first seen in New York at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (February 22May 22, 2013) as part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, a multi-year collaboration that charts contemporary art practice in three geographic regionsSouth and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africaand encompasses curatorial residencies, international touring exhibitions, audience-driven educational programming, and acquisitions for the Guggenheim's permanent collection. 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 Hong Kong, the exhibition will travel to Singapore.
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia was curated by June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia, with assistance from Helen Hsu, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and guidance from Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman, Chief Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, and Joan Young, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, are providing curatorial oversight for the entire multi-year Initiative. Dominique Chan, Exhibition Curator, and Sharon Chan, Curatorial Officer, Asia Society Hong Kong Center will work closely with June Yap and the Guggenheim curatorial team in staging the exhibition in Hong Kong.
The exhibitionthe title of which was drawn from the opening line of W.B. Yeats's "Sailing to Byzantium" (1928), which was also adopted by Cormac McCarthy for his novel No Country for Old Men (2005)proposes an understanding of South and Southeast Asia that transcends physical and political borders. The historical narrative of South and Southeast Asia stretches from the era of its ancient kingdoms and empires to that of today's nation-states. The region is marked by traces of colonization, division, and intervention, events and processes that are inscribed in cultural memory. South and Southeast Asia is also home to numerous influential faiths, religions, and ethical codes, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam.