Travel Grant Program

CIMAM sincerely thanks all those (more than a hundred!) contemporary art professionals who have applied for a CIMAM Travel Grant to attend the Annual Conference at the National Gallery Singapore. Grants are generously funded by Getty Foundation, MALBA–Fundación Costantini, the Fubon Art Foundation and Alserkal Programming. Results are about to be announced! #CIMAM2017

Free Admission Program

Thank you Yokohama Triennale for welcoming CIMAM Members to the special preview on 3 August 2017 and during the Triennale. Check out full details and list of biennials participating at CIMAM’s Free Admission Program here.

We are grateful to the institutions and biennials that, as a matter of professional courtesy, have agreed to join the program and offer free admission to card carrying CIMAM Members.

→ List of participating biennials

Last days to apply!

Travel grants to attend the CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference in Singapore, 10–12 November

Thanks to the generous support of the Getty Foundation, MALBA–Fundación Costantini, the Fubon Art Foundation and Alserkal Programming, CIMAM offers around 25 grants to support the attendance of contemporary art museum professionals to CIMAM’s 2017 Annual Conference The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society that will be held in Singapore, 10–12 November 2017.

Deadline to submit applications – Friday 30 June 2017 24:00 CET.

→ Application Form
→ CIMAM’s 2017 Annual Conference


CIMAM’s Travel Grant Program supports individuals’ curatorial and research development through their attendance to the Annual Conference where the most current concerns on contemporary art practices are being discussed.

Awarded candidates benefit from unique networking opportunities through interaction and exchange with international museum directors and peers including the mentorship of CIMAM Board Members throughout the conference days. Travel grantees become Members of CIMAM for the triennial they have been awarded.


Grants are restricted to modern and contemporary art museum or collection directors and curators in need of financial help to attend CIMAM’s Annual Conference. Researchers and independent curators whose field of research and specialization is contemporary art theory, collections and museums are also eligible. Applicants should not be involved in any kind of commercial or for profit activity.

While curators of all career levels are encouraged to apply, priority is given to junior curators (less than 10 years’ experience). Candidates who have previously received CIMAM grants from the same grant contributor may only be considered for a new grant after 3 years since the previous grant was awarded.

→ The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles supports 15 professional development grants to contemporary art museum and collection curators and directors from countries with Emerging Market and Developing Economies according to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook.

→ MALBA–Fundación Costantini, Buenos Aires supports 4 travel grants to modern and contemporary art museum and collection directors and curators from Latin America or foreigners with more than 3 years of residency in Latin America.

→ Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei supports 2 travel grants to modern and contemporary art museum and collection directors and curators from Taiwan.

→ Alserkal Programming, Dubai supports 2 travel grants to modern and contemporary art museum and collection curators and directors from the United Arab Emirates and the wider Middle East and North Africa region including Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Tunisia.

Purpose of the grant

The support is limited to cover conference registration*, travel expenses (round trip economy tickets only) and 4 night accommodation in one of the hotels recommended by CIMAM. Distribution of funds is set on a case-by-case basis for each recipient. CIMAM books and pre-pays all expenses directly (travel and accommodation) avoiding reimbursements to any grantee. Funds do not cover transportation to/from the airport, visa expenses, travel insurance and registration to the optional conference tours.

*Conference registration includes access to all conference sessions, lunches, dinners, access to organized visits and coach service to and from planned visits. All registered delegates also receive a copy of the conference program and a courtesy tote bag.

Application Process

Candidates are invited to complete an online application form and include a CV and short résumé, a motivation statement and two letters of recommendation by professionals or scholars who are familiar with the candidate’s qualifications.

Selection Process

Travel grant applications are evaluated and conferred by CIMAM’s Travel Grant Committee, composed by members of the CIMAM Board, and the Travel Grant Funder. Grants are conferred based on the assessment of the professional’s genuine financial need, the potential benefit to his development and/or research and the relevance of field experience in relation to the objectives of CIMAM. When accepting the grant, each successful candidate is invited to submit an online acceptance form and to agree with the grant’s Terms and Conditions.

International Museum Day

CIMAM – International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art – joins the International Museum Day celebrations to acknowledge the importance of museums and raise awareness about the critical role that they play in society.

Today we encourage new members to join and support CIMAM’s international network of contemporary art museum professionals.

Apply to join CIMAM
Membership Benefits

CIMAM’s vision is a world where the contribution of museums, collections and archives of modern and contemporary art to the cultural, social and economic well-being of society is recognized and respected.

CIMAM’s aim is to foster a global network of professionals in the field of modern and contemporary art, responding to their needs and taking a leadership role on issues of concern. By generating debate and encouraging co-operation between art institutions and individuals at different stages of development around the world, CIMAM plays a key role in growth of the sector.

CIMAM key activities are

– An annual conference which brings together members in 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.
– The establishment of professional codes of practice and ethical standards for institutions and individuals.
– Museum Watch: an advocacy program addressing critical situations that impact museums and galleries of modern and contemporary art in maintaining those codes of practice and standards.
– Providing a supportive network for professional development.

Save the date

CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference
National Gallery Singapore
10 – 12 November 2017

The CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference will be held in Singapore from 10 to 12 November hosted by the National Gallery Singapore with a Pre-conference Tour to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (8–9 November) and Post-Conference Tour to Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia (13–15 November).

The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society

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 continuing on from the theme of the conference on 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. We ask:

How can national museums and art museums counter this global phenomenon of xenophobia and populism, to connect a local public with regional and international histories, perspectives and concerns?

How can museums continue to be effective forums in society where different communities and peoples of all backgrounds and beliefs still come together, instead of retreating into parochial isolation?

At the same time we return to the mission of CIMAM and consider: Who are CIMAM’s stakeholders? Who has vested interests, and what are the constituencies to whom we are responsible?

Six members of the board – Eugene Tan (Chair), Saskia Bos, Suzanne Cotter, Corinne Diserens, Mami Kataoka and Sarah Glennie – constitute the CIMAM 2017 Contents Committee.

→ 08–09 November: Pre-conference Tour to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
→ 10–12 November: Annual Conference in Singapore.
→ 13–15 November: Post-conference Tour to Jakarta & Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Program details, list of invited speakers and other practical information will be available soon at

Statement of the CIMAM board on South Korean Government’s blacklist of artists

The board of CIMAM is deeply concerned to hear of the blacklist of artists that has come to light during the current investigations into government corruption in South Korea.

The existence of such a list and the uncertainly around how it has been implemented undermines the reputation of the arts institutions under the control of the Government.

That artists would be secretly banned from exhibiting because of their political views is not acceptable to the international artworld and the board of CIMAM deplores such actions.

Members of the CIMAM Board:

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

Mami Kataoka
Secretary-Treasurer of CIMAM
Chief Curator
Mori Art Museum
Tokyo, Japan

Bart De Baere
General and Artistic Director
M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp
Antwerpen, Belgium

Saskia Bos
Art Historian and Curator
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Suzanne Cotter
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
Porto, Portugal

Calin Dan
General Director
MNAC Bucharest, National Museum of Contemporary Art
Bucharest, Romania

Corinne Diserens
Brussels, Belgium

Sarah Glennie
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Dublin, Ireland

Sunjung Kim
Art Sonje Center
Seoul, South Korea

Frances Morris
Tate Modern
London, United Kingdom

Ann-Sofi Noring
Co-Director and Chief Curator
Moderna Museet
Stockholm, Sweden

Agustín Pérez Rubio
Artistic Director
MALBA, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Suhanya Raffel
Hong Kong, China

Jaroslaw Suchan
Muzeum Sztuki in Lódz
Lódz, Poland

Eugene Tan
National Gallery Singapore

13th Sharjah Biennial

13th Sharjah Biennial
Title: Tamawuj
Curator: Christine Tohme
Dates: 10 March – 12 June
Preview day: 10 – 14 March
Location: Al Mureijah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

CIMAM Members are welcome to join the 13th Sharjah Biennial. For professional registration and to receive the opening week programme please send an email to CIMAM Members will benefit from a 10% discount at the bookshop. Your will be requiered to show your CIMAM membership card and ID when purchasing at the bookshop.


Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj, extends beyond previous Sharjah Biennial formats in both space and time to encompass exhibitions, projects and education programmes in five locations. Curated by Christine Tohme, Sharjah Biennial 13 (SB13) includes a public programme in two acts, one in Sharjah (March 10–June 12, 2017) and one in Beirut (October 19, 2017–January 19, 2018), as well as the SB13 School education programme in Sharjah. Off-site projects have been conceived by four interlocutors, each engaging with one keyword underpinning the conceptual framework of SB13. Kader Attia investigates water in Dakar (January 8–9, 2017), Zeynep Oz considers crops in Istanbul (opening May 13, 2017), Lara Khaldi studies earth in Ramallah (opening August 10, 2017) and Ashkal Alwan reflects on the culinary in Beirut (opening October 15, 2017). 

For extended information please visit:

→ List of participating biennials
→ Free Admission Program


Call for candidates to host CIMAM’s Annual Conference 2018 / 2019 / 2020

The Annual Conference is CIMAM’s most important contribution to the field, a meeting point and an essential resource for the collaboration and cooperation between professionals concerned with modern and contemporary art.

CIMAM has organized 48 annual conferences in more than 30 different cities since its foundation in 1962. Today, the Annual Conference is attended by over 200 directors and curators of modern and contemporary art museums and collections from 50 different countries.

The Annual Conference aims to anticipate and discuss questions relating to the running and development of contemporary art museums and collections worldwide. Participants also have the privilege of attending private tours and visits to the foremost art museums, art centers, alternative art spaces and galleries in the host city and its surroundings.

If you are a member of CIMAM and wish to host a CIMAM Annual Conference, please read the guidelines and submit your bid before 19 March 2017. For more information, send us an email to

→ Guidelines for hosting a CIMAM conference
→ Application Form
→ Deadline to apply is 19 March 2017.

National and International Cultural and Human Rights Organizations Denounce Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

New York, NY, 2/7/2017 – Today, more than thirty cultural institutions and human rights organizations around the world, including international arts, curators’ and critics’ associations, organizations protecting free speech rights, as well as U.S. based performance, arts and creative freedom organizations and alliances, issued a joint statement opposing United States President Donald J. Trump’s immigration ban. Read the full statement below.

On Friday, January 27th, President Trump signed an Executive Order to temporarily block citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. This order bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days. It also suspends the entry of all refugees for 120 days and bars Syrian refugees indefinitely.

The organizations express grave concern that the Executive Order will have a broad and far-reaching impact on artists’ freedom of movement and, as a result, will seriously inhibit creative freedom, collaboration, and the free flow of ideas. U.S. border regulations, the organizations argue, must only be issued after a process of deliberation which takes into account the impact such regulations would have on the core values of the country, on its cultural leadership, and on the world as a whole.

Representatives of several of the participating organizations issued additional statements on the immigration ban and its impact on writers and artists:

Helge Lunde, Executive Director of ICORN, said, “Freedom of movement is a fundamental right. Curtailing this puts vulnerable people, people at risk and those who speak out against dictators and aggressors, at an even greater risk.”

Svetlana Mintcheva, Director of Programs at the U.S. National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), said, “In a troubled and divided world, we need more understanding, not greater divisions. It is the voices of artists that help us understand, empathize, and see the common humanity underlying the separations of political and religious differences. Silencing these voices is not likely to make us any safer.”

Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of PEN America, said, “The immigration ban is interfering with the ability of artists and creators to pursue their work and exercise their right to free expression. In keeping with its mission to defend open expression and foster the free flow of ideas between cultures and across borders, PEN America vows to fight on behalf of the artists affected by this Executive Order.”

Diana Ramarohetra, Project Manager of Arterial Network, said, “A limit on mobility and limits on freedom of expression has the reverse effect – to spur hate and ignorance. Artists from Somalia and Sudan play a crucial role in spreading the message to their peers about human rights, often putting themselves at great risk in countries affected by ongoing conflict. Denying them safety is to fail them in our obligation to protect and defend their rights.”

Ole Reitov, Executive Director of Freemuse, said, “This is a de-facto cultural boycott, not only preventing great artists from performing, but even negatively affecting the U.S. cultural economy and its citizens rights to access important diversity of artistic expressions.”

Shawn Van Sluys, Director of Musagetes and ArtsEverywhere, said, “Musagetes/ArtsEverywhere stands in solidarity with all who protect artist rights and the freedom of mobility. It is time for bold collective actions to defend free and open inquiry around the world.”

A growing number of organizations continue to sign the statement.

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) is an alliance of 56 national non-profit organizations dedicated to defending freedom of thought, inquiry and expression.
Contact: Jas Chana, NCAC Communications Director, 212-807-6222 ext.107

Joint Statement Regarding the Impact of the U.S. Immigration Ban on Artistic Freedom

February 7, 2017

Freedom of artistic expression is fundamental to a free and open society. Uninhibited creative expression catalyzes social and political engagement, stimulates the exchange of ideas and opinions, and encourages cross-cultural understanding. It fosters empathy between individuals and communities, and challenges us to confront difficult realities with compassion.

Restricting creative freedom and the free flow of ideas strikes at the heart of the core values of an open society. By inhibiting artists’ ability to move freely in the performance, exhibition, or distribution of their work, United States President Trump’s January 27 Executive Order, blocking immigration from seven countries to the United States and refusing entry to all refugees, jettisons voices which contribute to the vibrancy, quality, and diversity of US cultural wealth and promote global understanding.

The Executive Order threatens the United States safe havens for artists who are at risk in their home countries, in many cases for daring to challenge repressive regimes. It will deprive those artists of crucial platforms for expression and thus deprive all of us of our best hopes for creating mutual understanding in a divided world. It will also damage global cultural economies, including the cultural economy of the United States.

Art has the power to transcend historical divisions and socio-cultural differences. It conveys essential, alternative perspectives on the world. The voices of cultural workers coming from every part of the world – writers, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, and performers – are more vital than ever today, at a time when we must listen to others in the search for unity and global understanding, when we need, more than anything else, to imagine creative solutions to the crises of our time.

As cultural or human rights organizations, we urge the United States government to take into consideration all these serious concerns and to adopt any regulations of United States borders only after a process of deliberation, which takes into account the impact such regulations would have on the core values of the country, on its cultural leadership, as well as on the world as a whole.

African Arts Institute (South Africa) Aide aux Musiques Innovatrices (AMI) (France)
Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts (USA)
Arterial (Africa)
Artistic Freedom Initiative (USA)
ArtsEverywhere (Canada) Association of Art Museum Curators and Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation
Association Racines (Morocco)
Bamboo Curtain Studio (Taiwan)
Cartoonists Rights Network International
Cedilla & Co. (USA)
Culture Resource – Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Lebanon)
International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM)
College Art Association (USA)
European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA)
European Council of Artists Freemuse: Freedom of Expression for Musicians
Index on Censorship: Defending Free Expression Worldwide
Independent Curators International International Arts Critics Association
International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts
The International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN)
Levy Delval Gallery (Belgium)
Geneva Ethnography Museum (Switzerland)
National Coalition Against Censorship (USA)
New School for Drama Arts Integrity Initiative (USA)
Observatoire de la Liberté de Création (France)
On the Move | Cultural Mobility Information Network PEN America (USA)
Roberto Cimetta Fund
San Francisco Art Institute (USA)
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) (USA)
Tamizdat (USA)
Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New School (USA)

Watch the 2016 Annual Conference sessions at CIMAM TV

18–20 November 2016
Barcelona, Spain

→ Watch all videos at CIMAM TV

CIMAM Barcelona 2016, Day 1: Keynote speech 01 and Q&A from CIMAM on Vimeo.

Day 1: “Responsibility for the Community, Citizens and Society”
Keynote Speech 01 – Marina Garcés followed by Q&A, Philosopher and Professor, University of Zaragoza, Spain. “The Force of Hunger. The Radicality of Cultural Commitment”
Presented by Ferran Barenblit, Director, MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona.
MACBA, Barcelona, 18 November 2016


CIMAM Barcelona 2016, Day 1: Perspective 01 from CIMAM on Vimeo.

Day 1: “Responsibility for the Community, Citizens and Society”
Perspective 01– Calin Dan, General Director, National Museum Contemporary Art– MNAC Bucharest, Rumania. “Donkey’s Dilema”
MACBA, Barcelona, 18 November 2016


CIMAM Barcelona 2016, Day 1: Perspective 02 from CIMAM on Vimeo.

Day 1: “Responsibility for the Community, Citizens and Society”
Perspective 02– Alistair Hudson and Miguel Amado
Alistair Hudson, Director, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Miguel Amado, Senior Curator, Middelsbrough Institute of Modern Art, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom


CIMAM Barcelona 2016, Day 2: Keynote speech and Q&A from CIMAM on Vimeo.

Day 2: “Curators and Artists: New Parameters and New Responses”
Keynote speech 01–Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director, Castello di Rivoli, Museum of Contemporary Art–GAM, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin. “The circus mistress and mastering the ceremony–A lectura”
Presented by Elizabeth Ann MacGregor, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
CaixaForum, Barcelona, 20 November 2016

→ Watch all videos at CIMAM TV