Membership Renewal Campaign 2018

Renew your membership for the period 2018 – 2019 and be part of the global network of contemporary art museums and museum professionals. The support we receive from our members is essential to ensure the continued vitality of CIMAM and it allows us to provide more and better services. CIMAM’s membership offers you the following benefits:

→ Free Admission Program. CIMAM membership card allows free admission to a network of modern and contemporary art museums, collections and biennials worldwide.

→ Voting rights. Every 3 years CIMAM Members vote for their representatives and constitute the Board of Members.

→ Reduced registration rates to the Annual Conference. The meeting brings together members from different parts of the world to debate theoretical, ethical and practical issues concerning the collection and exhibition of modern and contemporary art, and to share experiences, followed by visits to the foremost contemporary art institutions, collections and projects in the region.

→ Members Only. Networking opportunities and access to CIMAM’s membership directory connecting members worldwide.

→ Touring Exhibitions. Post exhibitions to the database containing information on available shows on tour.

Members receive CIMAM’s e-newsletter containing information on our activities and programs and CIMAM’s Museum Watch, an advocacy program addressing critical situations that impact on the ability of museums and galleries of modern and contemporary art to maintain the codes of practice and standards initiated in 2012. CIMAM also runs every year a Travel Grant Program which supports individuals’ curatorial and research development through their attendance at the Annual Conference.

→ Renew your membership
→ Apply to Individual Membership
→ Apply to Institutional Membership
→ What does it cost?

2018 Annual Conference

2 – 4 November 2018
Stockholm, Sweden

We will announce soon the conference topics, the speakers, the visits in Stockholm and the post-conference tour!

Singapore 2017 Report and Videos Online!

We are happy to share the CIMAM 2017 Conference Report with information about the delegates, the budget, the travel grantees’ reports, the press clipping, the result of the evaluation survey and a selection of photos. You can also watch the conference sessions at CIMAM TV.

Conference Report
CIMAM TV
Photo Selection

President’s report

In the months preceding this year’s conference, the Board of CIMAM was involved in debates about a number of issues in the USA around censorship. It is a sad reflection of the times that one of the most contentious pertained to the Guggenheim’s withdrawal of three works involving animals from the Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World exhibition following threats of violence against staff. CIMAM was invited to sign a petition protesting the withdrawal of the work by the National Coalition Against Censorship but acknowledging the very difficult situation the gallery faced, we decided to invite the Director and the Curator of the exhibition to address the Board during our meeting in Singapore and to put the subject onto the agenda for our general assembly.

The issues were thoughtfully addressed in the general assembly, as well as the situation regarding the inability of the Getty Foundation to support a colleague from Iran for our travel grants program because of the sanctions which prohibit support of any external program which involves delegates from the government of Iran. It was agreed that if the Getty Foundation cannot secure exemptions, CIMAM will not seek funding for next year’s conference. The matter of the updated bylaws passed with little comment with the exception of one vital comment about the role of the artist and a plea for CIMAM not to be too rigid in its definition of collecting.

The general assembly came at the end of three days of fine presentations, discussions and opportunities to network in the grand surroundings of the renovated and rejuvenated National Gallery Singapore. The keynote speakers and presenters of case studies delivered thought-provoking and diverse responses to the three topics: Art and the City: From Local to Transnational, Re-learning Southeast Asia and What Do Museums Collect, and How? – topics that felt both relevant and appropriate even if there was some frustration that inevitably more questions were raised than answers provided. The superb organization by the Singapore team also allowed time for a ‘speed dating’ exercise for delegates to get to know others over an informal lunch and for visits to the important arts and heritage sites of the city.
With typical ambition, the Singapore team also organized both a pre and a post-trip to give participants an opportunity to visit more of the region. Vietnam or rather Ho Chi Minh City came first with visits to a fascinating array of organizations, an artist’s studio and historic sites – a hectic 48-hour schedule made more dramatic by the torrential rain! The post tour was to Indonesia with visits to both the Jakarta and Jogja biennales complemented by private collections, artist houses/studios, independent spaces and the recently opened MACAN museum. The dawn trip to Borobudur was unforgettable.

As I reflected on the conference on the long trip back to Australia, it became clear to me that it was the immediacy of the issues which made this conference seem so relevant and reinforced the importance of CIMAM. The sharing of responses and suggestions for appropriate action is a vital part of CIMAM’s remit as we deal with very real challenges to our sector. The Board has now established a number of working groups to look at these issues and we will be reporting back to the next conference in Sweden.

I do hope you will join us in Stockholm.

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE
President of CIMAM
Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Thank you!

At this special time of year, the members of the board and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the many institutions and individuals who have generously contributed to the continuing success of CIMAM in 2017.

Founding Patrons
Fukutake Foundation
Marc and Josée Gensollen
Erika Hoffmann
Fundació “la Caixa”
Fondation LVMH
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

Patron Members
Claudio Engel
Mori Art Museum

Sustaining Members
Fundación Botín
Albert M.A. Groot
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation

Conference Sponsors
The Keppel Group
Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore Tourism Board
Terra Foundation for American Art

Travel Grant Funders
The Getty Foundation
MALBA–Fundación Costantini
Fubon Art Foundation
Alserkal Programming

CIMAM membership
We are especially grateful to each and every one of our members, both institutional and individual.

In 2018, we will continue working to engage with the international community of professionals – directors and curators of modern and contemporary art museums and collections – by sharing our common interests and our challenges while creating the space to imagine the future to come.

Wishing you a New Year filled with art and peace.

With thanks for your ongoing support of CIMAM.

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE
President of CIMAM
Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

CIMAM 2017 Singapore

We are happy to share a selection of photos of CIMAM’s 2017 Annual Conference held in Singapore 9-12 November hosted by the National Gallery Singapore and attended by 280 participants. Please share your photos of CIMAM’s 2017 Annual Conference with us by sending an email or file to info@cimam.org. The Conference Report will be available soon. We look forward to seeing you at CIMAM’s 2018 Annual Conference which will be held in Stockholm!

CIMAM’s 2017 General Assembly

Key Challenges for CIMAM 

The Board of Directors wishes to inform the membership of CIMAM of the need to modify the current Bylaws in order to bring them up to date and improve the operations of CIMAM. To this end, the Board has prepared a draft proposal and in order to promote maximum participation, all CIMAM members are invited to examine the proposed new Bylaws and submit any comments before Tuesday, 7 November 2017 24:00 CET.

The proposed Bylaws along with comments from the membership will be discussed and debated during the 2017 General Assembly, the governing body of CIMAM, which will take place on Sunday, November 12, from 14:15 to 16:15 hrs in Singapore during the Annual Conference. The aim of this discussion at the General Assembly is to ensure the participation of the membership in these important changes, which are made in the context of CIMAM’s commitment to the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums as the guiding principle.

The Board looks forward to this important discussion and encourages the participation of all members by submitting their comments by email and attending the General Assembly. The final and definitive version of the updated Bylaws will then be approved by the Board of Directors, circulated to the membership and formally put to a vote for approval at an Extraordinary General Assembly in 2018.

→ Review the amendments to the CIMAM Bylaws
→ Submit your comments to info@cimam.org before 7 November, 24:00 CET.

CIMAM statement on the US government sanctions against Iran and Syria

Recently the Board of CIMAM found itself in an unprecedented situation in relation to a delegate to our upcoming conference. Mahnaz Asadi, Head of Museum, Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), had been invited to participate in the Singapore conference, with support from the Getty Foundation. We were delighted to offer this to her, and she was delighted to accept.

Just last week, the Getty Foundation informed us that attendance by an Iranian government employee at the conference without a specific license from the U.S. government puts U.S. sponsors at risk of violating  existing U.S. sanctions regarding the government of Iran. These sanctions have been in place since 2012, but the Getty only recently learned that the scope of the sanctions was broader and the exceptions narrower than they had previously believed.

Unfortunately, the application process for a license can take many months. Unaware of the scope of restrictions, the Getty did not apply for a license for Mahnaz. Therefore, if Mahnaz participates in the conference even as a delegate not supported by the Getty, the Getty would have to withdraw support for the whole programme and CIMAM would be in the unfortunate position of having to return all grant funds.

As the travel grants for the 20 curators supported by the Getty have already been expended, and the conference takes place in less than two weeks, the Board has decided that the only feasible option is to offer our colleague a definite place at the conference in 2018 which will allow time to seek an exemption.

The Getty is as dismayed as we are and is committed to supporting a global network of professionals from all countries, and to do so in compliance with all applicable laws. They remain fully committed to furthering these goals, and are currently exploring the process for licenses for future projects.

If this does not resolve the issue, the CIMAM Board has taken the decision to cease the Getty travel grants program as the situation would clearly be untenable. Alternative sources of funding would be sought but a place for Mahnaz at the 2018 conference is guaranteed regardless of the outcome.

The CIMAM Board deplores the fact that the sanctions are preventing museum professionals in Iran from taking part in global discussions about museum practice.

This topic will be included in the agenda of the next CIMAM General Assembly to be held in Singapore on Sunday, November 12 from 14:15 to 16:15 hrs to be discussed by CIMAM members.

CIMAM statement about the ‘Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World’ exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Following the withdrawal of works from the ‘Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World’ exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the CIMAM board has been considering an appropriate response. There are two key issues: How should museums address the presentation of artworks that involve live animals and/or the documentation of live acts, and how might museums anticipate and respond to threats of violence and abuse directed at the institution because of content.

The Board of CIMAM believes that both of these issues are of increasing urgency and require careful deliberation. We have therefore decided to give them priority at our next board meeting in Singapore with a view to issuing guidelines to assist CIMAM members in dealing with such situations and ensuring museums are able to uphold their commitment to artists in the presentation of their work and to free expression.

We would welcome comments from members in advance of our meeting in November.

Last days to register!

CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference
The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society

Register before 30 September!

Taking place in the Southeast Asian region for the first time, the CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference is co-organized and hosted by the National Gallery Singapore from 10-12 November. This year’s Conference looks at The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society: given the rising sentiments of populist nationalism that we are witnessing around the world, and extending from the focus on the conference in Barcelona (The Museum and Its Responsibilities), it is imperative that we re-evaluate and re-examine the roles of museums, their public functions and how they respond.

Reflecting the geographical context of this year’s conference, the program also provides a forum for discussion about current museological and curatorial concerns with a special focus on Southeast Asia. The program is designed to provide delegates with a more proactive experience for networking as well as tours to provide insight into the artistic, historical and socio-political contexts of Singapore.

→ Registration form
→ Abstract and Contents Committee
→ Speakers and Conference Program
→ Tour programs

Sold out! the Post-Conference Tour to Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia (13-15 November) has reached its full capacity. A few seats are still available to join the Pre-Conference Tour to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (8-9 November).

CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference in Singapore is generously supported by The Keppel GroupMapletree Investments Pte Ltd, and Terra Foundation for American Art.

CIMAM’s Travel Grant Program underwrites the attendance at the conference of 31 contemporary art professionals thanks to the generous support of the Getty FoundationMALBA–Fundación Costantini, the Fubon Art Foundation and Alserkal Programming.

Generous contribution from the Lee Foundation supports the attendance of directors and representatives from more than 13 key institutions in Southeast Asia.

CIMAM’s 2017 General Assembly
Key Challenges for CIMAM

The board invites the Members of CIMAM present at the Annual Conference to attend the General Assembly, CIMAM’s governing body which takes place on Sunday 12 November, 14:15 – 16:15 hrs. During this session, the members of the board will report on CIMAM’s activities and financial position. In addition, the board will present amendments to the bylaws to bring them up to date and improve the operation of CIMAM. The aim of this discussion at the General Assembly is to ensure the participation of the membership in these important changes, which are made in the context of CIMAM’s commitment to the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums as the guiding principle. The amendments proposed will be notified to CIMAM Members in advance via the newsletter with a call for suggestions or modifications to be submitted in advance of the General Assembly.The board looks forward to this important discussion and encourages the participation of all members attending the annual conference.

Join us in Singapore!

CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference
The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society

Register before 30 September!

Taking place in the Southeast Asian region for the first time, the CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference is co-organized and hosted by the National Gallery Singapore from 10-12 November. This year’s Conference looks at The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society: given the rising sentiments of populist nationalism that we are witnessing around the world, and extending from the focus on the conference in Barcelona (The Museum and Its Responsibilities), it is imperative that we re-evaluate and re-examine the roles of museums, their public functions and how they respond.

Reflecting the geographical context of this year’s conference, the program also provides a forum for discussion about current museological and curatorial concerns with a special focus on Southeast Asia. The program is designed to provide delegates with a more proactive experience for networking as well as tours to provide insight into the artistic, historical and socio-political contexts of Singapore.

→ Registration form
→ Abstract and Contents Committee
→ Speakers and Conference Program
→ Tour programs

Sold out! the Post-Conference Tour to Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia (13-15 November) has reached its full capacity. A few seats are still available to join the Pre-Conference Tour to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (8-9 November).

CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference in Singapore is generously supported by The Keppel GroupMapletree Investments Pte Ltd, and Terra Foundation for American Art.

CIMAM’s Travel Grant Program underwrites the attendance at the conference of 31 contemporary art professionals thanks to the generous support of the Getty FoundationMALBA–Fundación Costantini, the Fubon Art Foundation and Alserkal Programming.

Generous contribution from the Lee Foundation supports the attendance of directors and representatives from more than 13 key institutions in Southeast Asia.

CIMAM’s 2017 General Assembly
Key Challenges for CIMAM

The board invites the Members of CIMAM present at the Annual Conference to attend the General Assembly, CIMAM’s governing body which takes place on Sunday 12 November, 14:15 – 16:15 hrs. During this session, the members of the board will report on CIMAM’s activities and financial position. In addition, the board will present amendments to the bylaws to bring them up to date and improve the operation of CIMAM. The aim of this discussion at the General Assembly is to ensure the participation of the membership in these important changes, which are made in the context of CIMAM’s commitment to the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums as the guiding principle. The amendments proposed will be notified to CIMAM Members in advance via the newsletter with a call for suggestions or modifications to be submitted in advance of the General Assembly.The board looks forward to this important discussion and encourages the participation of all members attending the annual conference.