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But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise

Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa

April 29, 2016 – October 5, 2016
Mon-Weds, Fri, Sun 10.00–17.45; Closed Thurs; Sat 10.00–19.45

Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY


The third exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise illuminates contemporary artistic practices in the Middle East and North Africa and the region’s diaspora. Presenting a selection of newly acquired works for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, this exhibition will feature installations, photographs, sculptures, videos and works on paper from a broad selection of artists. Visitors will able to see Ergin Çavuşoğlu’s video installation ‘Crystal & Flame’ (2010), a work that was recently acquired by the Guggenheim.

If you can’t make its presentation in New York, don’t fear: But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise will travel to Istanbul’s Pera Museum in 2017. In this version of the exhibition, visitors will also be able to see Gülsün Karamustafa’s installation ‘Create your own story with the given material’ (1997). While the work was acquired by the Guggenheim, it won’t be displayed in the New York show. (Both Çavuşoğlu and Karamustafa are represented by Rampa Istanbul.)


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