Guggenheim selects first candidate of the MAP Global Art Initiative - Art Collector

23 April 2012 | The Guggenheim Museum has announced the first candidate of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. The five-year collaboration between the Guggenheim Museum and UBS involves identifying creative communities around the world starting with South and South East Asia. The project aims to build artist communities between countries by offering a two year curatorial residency at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Singapore-based June Yap has been selected as the first candidate of the art initiative. She will complete the residency at the Guggenheim which will also give her the opportunity to curate a number of touring shows to be shown in New York and potentially, Singapore and Hong Kong. As part of the initiative she will also assist in the acquisition of artworks from South and South East Asia to be included in the Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection.

Yap has been curating for the past 6 years and most recently worked with Ho Tzu Nyen’s work for the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale last year. Countries under consideration for inclusion in the first phase of Guggenheim UBS MAP for South and South East Asia included Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The second phase will feature South America, North Africa and the Middle East.

Amy Yang

Above: June Yap

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