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This exposition marks the eighth and final exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Previously on view in New York in 2016, the exhibition examines colonial histories, the implications of globalization, and urgent issues of migration in areas around the world.

Organized by Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa, in collaboration with Paola Zatti, Chief Curator, and Omar Cucciniello, Curator, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise features a diverse range of artistic voices and critical concerns from a rapidly evolving region and its international diaspora.

The exhibition offers a cross-circulation of ideas rooted in science, mathematics, and philosophy. Many of the artworks featured in this exhibition use geometry as a metaphor to measure both physical and conceptual space, and create a dialogue between shape and form, symbol and abstraction, and past and present. The exhibition also considers architecture as a tool for evoking both colonial history and the implications of globalization and gentrification. This new installation at GAM converses with the building’s own architectural heritage and raises urgent issues of migration and displacement in areas around the world, including Italy.

The presentation at GAM features the works of the following 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.

Enhance your experience: read our blog, meet the artists, watch videos, and more at guggenheim.org/map.

During the exhibition’s opening week, the public is invited to join an evening of music and conversation with the Barenboim-Said Akademie and exhibition artist Ergin Çavuşoğlu, as well as a pop-up film festival showcasing international artists and filmmakers from Palestine and its diaspora, co-presented by Reel Palestine and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.


Galleria d’Arte Moderna (GAM) / Modern Art Gallery of Milano

Via Palestro 16 – 20121 Milan |Italy




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