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Nation and identity: Navin Rawanchaikul’s 7m-long work Places Of Birth narrates his Indian family’s journey from South Asia to Thailand in search of political refuge. - PHOTO: SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK GUGGENHEIM UBS MAP PURCHASE FUND

Guggenheim looks East

Guggenheim UBS's new collection of Asian works is a small step for the museum, and a giant leap for Asian art, reports HELMI YUSOF
May 2, 2014 6:00 AM

FOR seven decades, the Guggenheim Museum in New York has been a temple for art lovers. But in its vast collection of more than 6,800 artworks, only 12 were from South and South-east Asia. None was from Singapore.

To redress its Western-centric focus, the museum partnered with banking and