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Works from Guggenheim museum to go on show this weekend

Works from the famed Solomon R Guggenheim Museum will go on show in Singapore this weekend. It is the first time the Guggenheim museum is showing in Singapore, but do not expect the usual fare from the Western art world as the spotlight will be on art from South and Southeast Asia.

SINGAPORE: Works from the famed Solomon R Guggenheim Museum will go on show in Singapore this weekend. It is the first time the Guggenheim museum is showing in Singapore, but do not expect the usual fare from the Western art world as the spotlight will be on art from South and Southeast Asia.

Titled "No Country", the exhibition features works by 16 artists from countries such as Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Bangladesh.

The show is a homecoming of sorts for Singapore curator June Yap, who was based in New York for the past two years.

She said: "It is a great pleasure to have it here in Singapore. I am very much enamoured with all the artworks. So for me personally, as well as to see them again, is very special.

Singapore is being represented by Tang Da Wu's sculpture titled "Our Children".

The exhibition is part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, and the museum will next set its sights on Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa.

Stephen McCoubrey, curator (Europe and Asia Pacific) of the UBS Art Collection, said: "For us at UBS, the objective is (not just) to have a greater relationship with the areas where we're doing business... but also to genuinely be part of a new kind of cultural engagement that helps Guggenheim be much more representative of the global art world, rather than the western art world."

"No Country" opens on Saturday at the Centre for Contemporary Art located in Gillman Barracks.

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