First of all, I would like to thank the Getty Foundation and the CIMAM Board for the opportunity to attend the CIMAM Annual Conference in Qatar, Museums in Progress: Public interest, private resources? It was an enriching and learning experience.
One of the most important things of the conference was the networking that we created with people from many different contexts. That gave me the possibility to open my notions about cultural and art institutions, their functions and their role in the contemporary societies.
I come from South America and I work mostly in contact with Latin America cultural contexts. The notions and models of institutions we have in Latin America come most of all from the hegemonic countries (Europe and USA), and our knowledge about Asia and Africa is really poor.
The CIMAM conference in Qatar was my first opportunity to have real contact with curators and museum directors working in non-European and American contexts, also was my first time in Middle East and Asia. The visits to Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Islamic Art, gave me new knowledge about art movements and type of productions existing in Arab region and their connections with other Asian Countries.
I really appreciated the second day of the conference: Building institutions in the African and the Middle East contexts. The different perspectives focused in the challenges and strategies implemented in places with political, economic, racial and religious conflicts in Asian and African countries which were presented by museum directors and people running art institutions, was for me one of the best moments of the conference. Also, Kian Chow Kwok’s moderation was brilliant, inviting to the attendees to talk about their experience working in art institutions in their countries, it was really inspiring.
Also, it was really interesting to hear the perspective of the art collector Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas at the third day, who gave a controversial point of view about the regulations in the art market, inviting us to think about the political and ethical implications, and benefits and disadvantages for the artists, art collector, public and private institutions involved in the action of buying and selling art.
I think that one of the themes and ideas present during the conference was the need to think about the meaning and a new definition of Museum, considering the changes in the art and the society models, the political and economic challenges, and also the links and relationships between public and private issues in the construction of museums and art institutions in our days.
I want to thank again the Getty Foundation and CIMAM for giving me the opportunity to participate in this incredible platform, where I was able to meet curators, directors and people working in art institutions from all over the world, and exchange experiences, ideas and notions about art with them.