Annual Conference 2018 Stockholm

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The Museum in Transition

The CIMAM 2018 Annual Conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden on 2 – 4 November, hosted jointly by Moderna Museet, Bonniers Konsthall and Magasin lll Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art. Two optional Post-Conference Tours were organized to Espoo, Turku and Helsinki, Finland and Oslo, Norway respectively on 5 – 6 November.

A total of 229 delegates from 59 different countries attended CIMAM’s 2018 Annual Conference in Stockholm.

CIMAM awarded more travel grants than ever before. A total of 36 modern and contemporary art museum professionals residing in 30 different countries were awarded support to attend the Annual Conference.

The three-day program included four keynote speakers, eight perspective presentations, three panel discussions, two workshop sessions and organized visits to the foremost art institutions and collections in the city.

Keynote speakers included:

  • 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
  • Michelle Kuo, The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
  • Jörg Heiser, Prof. Dr. University for the Arts, Berlin, Germany

Perspective presentations included:

  • Katya García-Antón, Director, Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
  • Loulou Cherinet, Artist, Professor, Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 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
  • Ahmet Ögut, Artist, Berlin, Germany
  • Ann Gallagher, Director of Collection (British Art), Tate, London, United Kingdom
  • Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.

The afternoon program included visits to Moderna Museet, Royal Institute of Art, Nationalmuseum, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm University, Thielska galleriet and Tensta Konsthall.


Moderna Museet, Bonniers Konsthall and Magasin lll Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art are the main hosts and co-organizers of the Annual Conference.

The Annual Conference was also generously supported by Nicolai Tangen / AKO Foundation; Pontus Bonnier; Per and Lena Josefsson; Nordic Circle; ArkDes; Nationalmuseum; Royal Institute of Art; Public Art Agency Sweden; Accelerator - Stockholm University; Kulturhuset; Thielska Galleriet; Tensta konsthall and the City of Stockholm.


A group of 21 and 22 delegates attended CIMAM’s post-conference tours to Finland and Norway respectively.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki was the main sponsor and organizer of the post-conference tour to Turku, Espoo and Helsinki, in collaboration with EMMA —Espoo Museum of Modern Art and Turku Art Museum.

Program Partners were Amos Rex, Ateneum Art Museum / Finnish; National Gallery, HAM —Helsinki Art Museum, Rafaela & Kaj Forsblom Collection in Helsinki. The program included visits to Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Galerie Anhava, Galerie Forsblom, Galleria Huuto, Helsinki Contemporary, Makasiini Contemporary, Titanik Gallery and Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum.

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter was the main sponsor and organizer of the post-conference tour to Oslo, Norway. Program Partners were Astrup Fearnley Museet, Munchmuseet, Office for Contemporary Art and Oslo Biennial First Edition. The program included visits to Fotogalleriet, Kunsthall Oslo, Kunstnerforbundet, Kunstnernes Hus, Podium and UKS.

2018 Conference Abstract

2018 Conference Booklet

2018 Conference Report

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