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11 APRIL – 17 JUNE 2018
Contemporary Art from the Middle East and North Africa

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa is the third and  final exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. It features recent work by artists living and working in the titular region and its international diaspora.

Many of the exhibition artists question the ability of objective "truths" to adequately capture the social realities of our world. Utilizing  fictional narratives and fantastical imagery, their works contain hidden ideas that challenge stereotypical and overtly politicized perspectives of the region and its history—ideas we might call "conceptual contraband."

Architecture also plays a significant role in both the exhibition's concept and presentation. The artists investigate architecture and the function of monuments as ideological tools of power, evoking colonial histories and the increasingly resonant impact of globalization.

Designed in collaboration with the Milan-based architecture  firm AOUMM the installation exposes aspects of Galleria d'Arte Moderna's neoclassical structure, echoing the search for hidden truths that is at the core of this exhibition. Through this intersection with the museum's heritage, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise initiates a fresh conversation between the past and the present through the art of our time.

—Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa

Learn more about the exhibition and artists

To find out more about But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, you can download the press release and a short explanatory essay by the curator Sara Raza.

Download the Press release

Download the short explanatory essay by the curator Sara Raza

Galleria D'Arte Moderna di Milano
via Palestro 16 - 20121 Milano


Tuesday to Sunday  9.00 - 17.30
(final admission 30 minutes before closing)
Closed on Moday

• ordinary ticket   € 5,00
• discount ticket  € 3,00
Free admission every day one hour before closing and every Tuesday from 14:00.


Wednesday, April 11, 7 pm
An evening of music and discussion with exhibition artist Ergin Çavusoglu, the Barenboim-Said Akademie and West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Saturday–Sunday, April 14–15, 10:30 am:
Reel Palestine film festival, at Anteo Palazzo del Cinema Co-presented by the Guggenheim Museum

Please note that reservation on is required.

•    Saturday, April 21, 11 am: Architectural art historian Ridha Moumni
•    Saturday, May 26, 11 am: Exhibition designers AOUMM
•    Saturday, June 2, 11 am: Exhibition artist Ali Cherri

Throughout the exhibition’s run, additional programs are offered for adults, families, and students:
•    A suite of guided tours and workshops for adults, families, and school groups, developed in partnership with Ad Maiora, that provide an interactive interpretation of exhibition themes
•    Audio guide featuring commentary by Sara Raza and six exhibition artists
•    A series of panel discussions designed to explore the role of cultural diplomacy and museum practices in shaping civil society and building sustainable networks both locally and globally.