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.

Beneficiaries 2017

Travel Grants supported by the Getty Foundation, MALBA–Fundación Costantini, the Fubon Art Foundation and Alserkal Programming to attend the CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference

We are delighted to announce the names of the 31 contemporary art museum professionals awarded support to attend the CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society that will be held 10–12 November hosted by the National Gallery Singapore. Register for the conference online before 30 September.

→ The Getty Foundation has awarded support to 20 professionals residing in countries with emerging market and developing economies:

Riksa Afiaty, Independent Curator, South Jakarta, Indonesia; Mahnaz Asadi, Head of Museum, Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), Tehran, Iran; Thi Thanh Mai Bui, Vice Director, Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam; Renata Cervetto, Coordinator Education Department, Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lydia Gatundu Galavu, Art Curator, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya; Kevser Guler Cinkaya, Curatorial Researcher, Arter Museum Project, Istanbul, Turkey; Tatiana Kochubinska, Curator of the Research Platform, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine; Vikash Kumar, Senior Assistant Director, Art & Culture Division, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Noida, India; Viviana Kuri, Director and Chief Curator, Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Guadalajara, Mexico; Pablo León de la Barra, Curator, Guggenheim / MASP / MAC, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Samal Mamytova, Head of the Center for Fine Arts of Kazakhstan, Kasteyev State Museum of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan; Gretel Medina, Curator, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (CDAV), Havana, Cuba; Riason Naidoo, Independent Curator, Cape Town, South Africa; Manuela Ochoa Ronderos, Museo Nacional de la Memoria, Bogotá, Colombia; Jovanka Popova, Curator and Program Coordinator, press to exit project space, Skopje, Macedonia; Luiza Proença, Independent Curator and Researcher, São Paulo, Brazil; Vaishnavi Ramanathan, Curator and Researcher, Piramal Art Foundation, Chennai, India; Hanna Samarskaya, Curator, Manager of Culture, Month of Photography in Minsk, Minsk, Belarus; Marta Skowrońska-Markiewicz, Head of Education, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland; Svitlana Tsurkan, Curator of Education, National Art and Culture Museum Complex “Mystetskyi Arsenal”, Kiev, Ukraine.

→ MALBA–Fundación Costantini has awarded support to 4 professionals from Latin America:

Maria Jose Chavarria Zamora, Chief Curator, Museum of CostarricanArt, San José, Cosa Rica; Clarissa Diniz, Curator, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sol Henaro Palomino, Curator/ Documental Collection–MUAC / Arkheia, ContemporaryArt University Museum, Mexico City, Mexico; Caroll Yasky, Head of Collection, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile.

→ Fubon Art Foundation has awarded support to 4 professionals from Taiwan:

Po-Shin Chiang, Director, Center for Taiwan Art Archive, Tainan City, Taiwan; Pei-Yi Lu, Assistant, Professor, National Taipei University of Education, New Taipei City, Taiwan; Frankie Su, Director, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; Nobuo Takamori, Curator, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, New Taipei City, Taiwan.

→ Alserkal Programming has awarded support to 3 professionals from the Middle East and North Africa region:

Sarah Bahgat, Adjunct Curator and Archives Manager, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt; Rachel Dedman, Independent Curator, Palestinian Museum, Beirut, Lebanon; Asmaa Elmongi, Curator & External Cultural Relations Coordinator, Museum of Fine Arts, Alexandria, Egypt.

Over 100 applications were evaluated by CIMAM’s Travel Grant Committee, composed by members of the CIMAM Board, and the Travel Grant Funder.

About CIMAM’s Travel Grant Program

Launched in 2005, 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.

Congratulations to the 4 grantees of CIMAM 2017 Travel Grant Program supported by the Fubon Art Foundation

CIMAM Travel Grant Program

Launched in 2005, CIMAM’s Travel Grant Program is designed to foster cooperation and cultural exchange between contemporary art curators and museums directors in emerging and developing economies and their counterparts in other regions of the world. 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.

Thanks to the generous support of the Getty Foundation, MALBA–Fundación Costantini, the Fubon Art Foundation and Alserkal Programming, CIMAM has awarded 31 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.

Fubon Art Foundation

Fubon Art Foundation has upheld its vision of “art for all” since its establishment in 1997, driven by the mission to sponsor art promotions, launch art education programs, and improve cultural essence. The Foundation aims to bring culture, thoughts, artistic taste and new visions to the general public by organizing various cultural and art lectures, exhibitions, performances, events, seminars, academic research and publications. It also provides funding to aspiring young artists and facilitates international arts and cultural exchanges.
→ fubon.com

 

Congratulations to the 20 grantees of CIMAM 2017 Travel Grant Program supported by the Getty Foundation

CIMAM Travel Grant Program

Launched in 2005, CIMAM’s Travel Grant Program is designed to foster cooperation and cultural exchange between contemporary art curators and museums directors in emerging and developing economies and their counterparts in other regions of the world. 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.

Thanks to the generous support of the Getty Foundation, MALBA–Fundación Costantini, the Fubon Art Foundation and Alserkal Programming, CIMAM is awarding 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.

Getty Foundation

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, the Foundation strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect.
→ getty.edu

More 2017 grantees to be announced soon!

Congratulations to the four grantees of CIMAM 2017 Travel Grant Program sponsored by MALBA-Fundación Costantini

CIMAM Travel Grant Program

Launched in 2005, CIMAM’s Travel Grant Program is designed to foster cooperation and cultural exchange between contemporary art curators and museums directors in emerging and developing economies and their counterparts in other regions of the world. 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.

Thanks to the generous support of the Getty Foundation, MALBA–Fundación Costantini, the Fubon Art Foundation and Alserkal Programming, CIMAM is awarding 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.

MALBA–Fundación Costantini

MALBA– Fundación Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, opened its doors on September 21, 2001 as a not-for profit institution featuring a permanent collection focused on Latin American Art. It is also a dynamic cultural center that constantly updates temporary exhibitions and develops cultural activities. MALBA has a major film independent program in 35mm and new releases of Argentinian young directors, and also organizes a variety of literary activities, such as encounters with writers, courses, seminars, literary talks, book presentations and other events. The Education department includes children’s, teens and adults programs, guided tours and activities carried out in conjunction with civic organizations.
→ malba.org.ar

More 2017 grantees to be announced soon!