About the Museum Watch Program

In 2012 CIMAM initiated a series of news publications regarding the different critical situations of Museums and Collections around the world, also in regions affected by world economic and political crises. The Museum Watch Program that came out of this serves as an advocacy program addressing specific critical situations that impact museum professionals and not-for-profit institutions of modern and contemporary art.

The Museum Watch Program is intended to be a tool to assist modern and contemporary art museum professionals in dealing with critical situations that impact on the museums ability to maintain their codes of practices. It does so with the aim to stimulate reflection by generating debate and by uncovering topics for future conferences.

The overall objectives are:

- to inform the CIMAM community and society at large about critical situations that impact on the museums ability to maintain their codes of practices,

- to assemble information in order to generate deeper understanding within the field, documentation that will be then archived by CIMAM,

- to express concern by focussing on CIMAM principles, and enact support and solidarity when it appears necessary, including activism,

The program wants to give response to specific critical situations, if possible while they happen. These cases can be submitted by both members and non-CIMAM members. The information submitted to CIMAM is put through an editorial process, contrasted and contextualized by the Museum Watch Committee before deciding to share and publish it.

Members are asked to send their own cases and comments about new or ongoing cases through the email members@cimam.org.

The Museum Watch Committee decides the communication strategy on a case by case basis, whether sticking to confidentiality, publishing at cimam.org and social media or at CIMAM’s newsletter, sharing with the local and regional media outlets or initiating a public petition.

The 2017–2019 Museum Watch committee consists of five board members of CIMAM: Bart De Baere, Jaroslaw Suchan, Calin Dan, Sunjung Kim and Sarah Glennie.