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CIMAM 2016 Annual Conference
18–20 November 2016
Barcelona, Spain

Museum and Its Responsibilities

Global environment surrounding museums of modern and contemporary art has been continuously complex and diverse. The CIMAM Annual Conference is one of the most important gathering occasions for museum professionals to exchange ideas and discuss crucial issues to question its roles today.

Following intensive debates from previous conferences, CIMAM Annual Conference 2016 would like to address Museum and Its Responsibilities, a fundamental and ontological question for CIMAM, from different perspectives around the world.

With the growing number of biennales, art fairs and other events of modern and contemporary art developing under respective political, economical and social contexts in the last decades, should museums be aware of any changes in their fundamental role and responsibilities? What responsibilities do museums have for the different communities and their audiences both locally and globally?

What are the professional responsibilities in terms of the institutional and individual ethics within the given funding and operational models of the museum? Does the funding model of the museum influence its social and artistic responsibility? What is the responsibility of the curators within their respective institutions while supporting artists’ freedom of expression?

And what would be the responsibility of the museum when it comes to collection building, collection display, (re)writing Art History and archiving materials which might be lost in time otherwise?

The Conference will break down these major questions into thematic areas of discussion around which the three daily sessions will rotate.

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The 2016 Annual Conference is organized by CIMAM, hosted and co-organized by MACBA: Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, CaixaForum: Cultural Centre of “la Caixa” Banking Foundation in Barcelona, the Fundació Joan Miró and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies.

The Annual Conference is generously supported by the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Barcelona City Council, AC/E (Spain’s Public Agency for Cultural Action), AECID (the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation), the Institut Ramón Llull (Promoting Catalan Culture Abroad) and the CCCB: Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona.