CIMAM Annual Conference 2018, Stockholm

We are happy to share with you a selection of photos of CIMAM’s 2018 Annual Conference held in Stockholm 2-4 November, hosted jointly by Moderna Museet, Bonniers Konsthall and Magasin lll Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art and attended by 230 participants. Please share your photos of CIMAM’s 2018 Annual Conference with us by sending an email or file to The Conference Report will be available soon. We look forward to seeing you at CIMAM’s 2019 Annual Conference which will be held in Sydney!

* Thanks to Kiem Lian The for providing some of the photos.



Catherine de Zegher

In its capacity as the international association for Museums and Collections of Modern and Contemporary art, and as an affiliate of ICOM, CIMAM wishes to register its deep concern at the treatment of Catherine de Zegher in her capacity as Director of the Museum of Fine Arts (MSK) in Ghent. Since January 2018, as part of investigations into the authenticity of a group of Russian modernist works, Ms de Zegher has been subject to a series of accusations that have not been dismissed nor brought to appropriate conclusion. This has caused considerable damage to her reputation as a museum professional and curator of the highest standing internationally.

In expressing its support for Ms de Zegher  CIMAM also wishes to defend the principles of integrity and respect for museum professionals globally at a time when museums and their directors are being confronted with pressures from the art market, undue interference from governing bodies, and campaigns based on misinformation.

Beatrix Ruf

The Board of CIMAM congratulates Beatrix Ruf, former director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam with the positive outcome of the investigations into alleged conflicts of interest.
The findings do not justify the pressure put on her to resign. CIMAM strongly encourages the Board of the Stedelijk Museum to publicly acknowledge the findings which will help restore Ms. Ruf’s reputation.

Agustín Pérez-Rubio, Member of the CIMAM Board, appointed curator of the 11th Berlin Biennale

We are very happy to congratulate Agustin Perez Rubio, Member of the Board of CIMAM and María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, for their recent appointment as curators of the 11th Berlin Biennale!

The members of this intergenerational, female identified team of South-American curators come together in a four-voice constellation to work towards the 11th Berlin Biennale, taking place in the summer of 2020.

More info at Berlin Biennale’s website


For Members Only

Vote at CIMAM’s 2018 General Assembly

In accordance with the current Bylaws, last May the Board announced that an Ordinary and Extraordinary General Assembly would be held at Kulturhuset, Stockholm on November 4, 2018, during the CIMAM Annual Conference to endorse the proposed changes to the Bylaws.

The online voting period for approving the changes to the Bylaws will open on October, 25 until November 3, 2018, at CIMAM’s Members Only section. Voting in person will be available on November 4 during the Extraordinary General Assembly.

The board encourages the participation of all CIMAM members though casting their votes to approve the amendments to the CIMAM bylaws.

→ Vote online October, 25 – November 3, 2018
→ Final version of the CIMAM Bylaws

Join CIMAM’s feedback session in Stockholm.

A debate about the challenges of our profession

We invite members to share with us your topics for discussion, your questions about CIMAM and your proposals for the future role and relevance of CIMAM in representing the interests of the global contemporary art museum community.

Sunday 4 November at 14:30 hrs in Kulturhuset, Stockholm.
→ Send us your proposed topics in advance to

Now online the CIMAM 2017 conference proceedings

The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society

The CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference (10–12 November 2017) was organized by CIMAM, hosted by the National Gallery Singapore. A total of 280 delegates from 53 different countries registered to the conference.

Keynote speakers included Nikos Papastergiadis, Director, Research Unit in Public Cultures, and Professor, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Australia; Patrick D. Flores, Professor of Art Studies, University of the Philippines, Manila and Donna De Salvo, Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA.

Perspective speakers included Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Singapore; Chen Chieh-Jen, Artist, Taiwan; Andrea Cusumano, Deputy Mayor for Culture of Palermo, Italy; Ade Darmawan, Artist, Curator and Director, ruangrupa, Jakarta, Indonesia; Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand; Post-Museum, Jennifer Teo & Woon Tien Wei, Artists, Singapore; Adriano Pedrosa, Artistic Director, São Paulo Museum of Art; Tiffany Chung, Artist and Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director, M+ Museum of Visual Culture.

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

Professional Development Opportunity

The Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation’s Engagement Program for International Curators is currently accepting applications for non-US based curators (International Awardees) and US-based curators (US Liasons) that we will pair for a year-long partnership, beginning January 2019. Two pairings are awarded each year. The Program includes travel funding for Awardees, a participant stipend for US Liaisons, networking opportunities, and other benefits. Applications due Mon, Nov 5 at 12pm. Read more about program details, eligibility, and application guidelines:

Last days to register!

CIMAM 2018 Annual Conference
The Museum in Transition
2–4 November, Stockholm

More than 200 international professionals, directors, and curators of museums and collections of contemporary art, from over 60 countries, are meeting in Stockholm 2–4 November to discuss the challenges that art museums face in today’s complex and rapidly changing society.

The CIMAM 2018 Annual Conference, hosted jointly by Moderna Museet, Bonniers Konsthall and Magasin lll Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, focuses on the contemporary situation for art institutions in the context of dynamically shifting technological, cultural, socio-political positions and the challenges of diminishing resources and mixed economies. How can art institutions navigate in this fast-changing world and maintain their ethical positions?

Day 1: Global Realities – Challenges for Modern and Contemporary Museums
Day 2: The Future Intelligence of Museums
Day 3: Ethics of Museums in an Age of Mixed Economy

Speakers include: Daniel Birnbaum, Director and Ann-Sofi Noring, Co-Director, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Victoria Noorthoorn, Director, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Katya García-Antón, Director, Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway; Loulou Cherinet, Professor of Fine Art, Konstfack University of Arts, Krafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden; Michelle Kuo, The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Lars Bang Larsen, Guest Professor, Royal Institute of Art and Curator, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden/Copenhagen, Denmark; Ho Tzu Nyen, Artist, Singapore, Singapore; Yuk Hui, Philosopher, Writer, Berlin, Germany; Jörg Heiser, Prof. Dr. University for the Arts, Berlin, Germany; Ahmet Ögut, Artist, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Ann Gallagher, Director of Collection (British Art), Tate, London, United Kingdom and Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.

The CIMAM 2018 Contents Committee consists of six board members: Ann-Sofi Noring (chair), Saskia Bos, Suzanne Cotter, Corinne Diserens, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor and Eugene Tan.

The Annual Conference is generously supported by ArkDes, Nationalmuseum, Royal Institute of Art, Public Art Agency Sweden, Stockholm University, Kulturhuset, Thielska Galleriet, Tensta Konsthall and City of Stockholm.

Meet our 2018 Travel Grantees

Supported by the Getty Foundation,
MALBA–Fundación Costantini,
Alserkal Programming, V-A-C Foundation,
Samdani Art Foundation and Byucksan Foundation

We are delighted to announce the names of the 36 contemporary art museum professionals awarded support to attend the CIMAM 2018 Annual Conference The Museum in Transition that will be held 2–4 November hosted jointly by Moderna Museet, Bonniers Konsthall and Magasin lll Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art. Register for the conference online before 30 September.

→ The Getty Foundation has awarded support to 22 professionals residing in countries with emerging market and developing economies:

Mahnaz Asadi, Head of Museum Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), Tehran, Iran; Camila Bechelany, Independent Curator, São Paulo, Brazil; Sandra Demetrescu, Curator, MNAC Bucharest – The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania; Roberto Daniel Devela, Exhibitions Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Paranque City, Philippines; Agustin Ricardo Diez, Director, Centro de Estudios Espigas, Castelar, Argentina; Tuong Linh Do, Art writer, Researcher, Curator, Six Space, Hanoi, Vietnam; Hadeel Eltayeb, Associate Curator, The Media Majlis, Doha, Qatar; Michele Fiedler, Curator, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico; Natalia Fuchs, Curator, ARTYPICAL, Moscow, Russia; Mira Gakjina, Director and Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje, Macedonia; Maria Victoria Herrera, Director and Chief Curator, Ateneo Art Gallery, Pasig City, Philippines; Valentina Koça, Director, ZETA Contemporary Art Center – Tirana, Albania; Bayu Genia Krishbie, Curator, National Gallery of Indonesia, Bekasi, Indonesia; Sharon Lerner, Contemporary Art Curator, Museo de Arte de Lima – MALI, Lima, Peru; Meta Moeng, Founder, Kon Len Khnhom, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Bhavisha Panchia, Independent Curator, Nothing to Commit Records, Benoni, South Africa; Shruti Ramlingaiah, Curator, Kochi Biennale Foundation, Mumbai, India; Kamini Sawhney, Curator, Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Bangalore, India; Trishla Talera, Director, TIFA Working Studios, Pune, India; Yanguo Xia, Founder and Director, de Art Center, Beijing, China; Demet Yildiz, Photography Department Manager, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey; Chahrazad Zahi, Independent Curator, Temara, Morocco.

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

Daniela Berger, Curator and Head of Exhibitions Program, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile; Cristina Figueroa Vives, Curator, Casa de las Américas, La Habana, Cuba; Rigel García, Researcher and Curator, Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela; Beatriz Salinas, Director, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Santiago, Chile.

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

Ali Hegazy, Director, Fine Arts Museum, Alexandria, Egypt; Ikram Lakhdhar, Independent Curator and Writer, Tunis, Tunisia; Rania Mohamed, Museum Curator, The Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Ministry of Antiquities Cairo, Egypt.

→ V-A-C Foundation has awarded support to 3 professionals from countries of the former Soviet Union:

Rael Artel, Independent curator, Põhja-Pärnumaa, Estonia; Shabnam Shermatova, External Consultant, National Museum of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Daryna Yakymova, Senior Research Fellow, National Art Museum of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine.

→ Samdani Art Foundation has awarded support to 2 professionals from the South Asia region:

Srajana Jayant Kaikini, Curator, Poet, Research Scholar (PhD), K K Hebbar Gallery and Arts Centre, Manipal Centre for Humanities, Manipal University, Udupi, India; Kehkasha Sabah, Independent Curator, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

→ Byucksan Foundation has awarded support to 2 professionals from the Northeast Asia region:

Yanjiv Avirmed, Director, The Mongolian National Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Eriko Nagao, Assistant Curator, Sagawa Art Museum, Kyoto, Japan.

CIMAM’s Travel Grant Committee, composed by members of the CIMAM Board, and the travel grant funders, reviewed over 100 applications. Thank you all for applying!

CIMAM Members have free access to the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo

33rd Bienal de São Paulo

Title: Affective Affinities
Curator: Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro
Dates: 7 September – 9 December, 2018
Preview days: 5 – 6 September 2018
Location: Parque Ibirapuera, s/n, São Paulo, Brasil

CIMAM Members are welcome to join the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo. To add your name to the guest list, please send an email to including your name, surname, position, institution, postal address and CIMAM membership username.


As a way of questioning the predominant thematic model in contemporary curatorial projects, the 33rd edition proposes an alternative “operating system” to shed light on the way that artists articulate and understand their creative communities. Seven artists from different backgrounds, generations and art practices were invited by Pérez-Barreiro to each conceive a group show in which their work dialogues with that of their peers. As a result, the Bienal will host seven different exhibitions curated by the following artists: Alejandro Cesarco; Antonio Ballester Moreno; Claudia Fontes; Mamma Andersson; Sofia Borges; Waltercio Caldas and Wura-Natasha Ogunji.

“By engaging directly with the artist, this model privileges process and affinity in dialogue with a long tradition of artists acting as curators”, explains Pérez-Barreiro. The seven group exhibitions will be complemented by various solo exhibitions selected by the chief curator.

For extended information please visit:

→ List of participating biennials
→ Free Admission Program