Many people in the West seem to be looking eastwards these days, with senior curators at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum being no exception.
Last week, representatives of that august New York institution plus art academics from around this region were in town for a panel discussion to launch "Map: Regarding South And Southeast Asia", a public education programme which is being run in conjunction with the Guggenheim's UBS Map Global Art Initiative.
The programme represents an attempt by the Guggenheim to reach out to art practices in this part of the world through seminars, talks and online discussions. One of the highlights promises to be an exhibition, scheduled to open next February in its New York HQ. Entitled "No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia", it will feature works from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.
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