Previously on view in New York in 2016, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa will be presented at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (GAM), Milan, from April 11 to June 17, 2018. The exhibition will showcase innovative works of installation, painting, photography, sculpture, and video by 13 artists: Lida Abdul, Abbas Akhavan, Kader Attia, Ergin Çavuşoğlu, Ali Cherri, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rokni Haerizadeh, Susan Hefuna, Iman Issa, Gülsün Karamustafa, Hassan Khan, and Ahmed Mater.
The presentation of But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise at GAM marks the eighth and final installment of the multiyear Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative (MAP). Since its 2012 launch, MAP has acquired more than 125 worksfor the Guggenheim’s collection by artists hailing from South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. These works formed the basis for three exhibitions, which have traveled from New York to Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico City, London, and, now, Milan.
At this pivotal political and historical moment, the Guggenheim and GAM hope to inspire contemplation and conversation about the Middle East and North Africa. Organized by MAP curator Sara Raza in collaboration with the GAM curatorial team, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise uses the origins of architecture and geometry as a lens through which to consider the movement of people and ideas. In Milan the exhibition will also draw connections between those origins and GAM’s location at Villa Reale, a late 18th-century palace built in the neoclassical style.
Attracting a diverse range of visitors, contemporary art has been a focus for GAM over the past few years—a focus that squares easily with its locale. As an intercultural city, Milan “is an ideal hub for creative thinking and therefore a natural destination for such an innovative project,” noted Filippo Del Corno, Deputy Mayor for Culture, Milan. Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, said of the project, “By integrating scholarship, collection-building, educational exchange, and local collaboration, the MAP project has exceeded its goal to participate in, rather than merely represent, the global cultural discourse.”
To learn more about the initiative, visit guggenheim.org/MAP.