The Attentive Museum. Permeable Practices for a Common Ground

Es Baluard Museu’s 's sculpture terrace, old town of Palma, Mallorca

The CIMAM 2022 Annual Conference will be held in Mallorca (Balearic Islands), Spain on 11–13 November, hosted by Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma (Mallorca).

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The Attentive Museum.
Permeable Practices for a Common Ground

On the occasion of CIMAM's 60th anniversary (1962–2022), this year's Annual Conference will explore how museums can actively embrace, partner, and listen. It will also claim the urgency for museums to adapt and become spaces of shared encounter and hospitality, allowing themselves to be a permeable and vulnerable community capable of embodying multiple bodies; institutional, political, social, human, or non-human. 

The Attentive Museum is an opportunity to take an expansive view of the work that can and should be done to ensure museums of relevance and impact. Can we develop institutional practices that make sense for all of contemporary society, even in these times of conflict and war? How can we put into practice the skill of active listening within our museum community and reach beyond?

Invited Speakers


Day 1: Changing from the Inside: How should we Govern Ourselves?

The first day of the conference examines the strategies we need to reinvent our institutions. How can we change our governance systems while protecting our curatorial integrity?

  • Historical perspective of CIMAM’s 60 years, by Mami Kataoka, President of CIMAM and Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, and Saskia Bos, Independent Curator and Critic, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Bart de Baere, General and Artistic Director, M HKA Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerp, and CIMAM Board Member, Antwerp, Belgium.
  • Meskerem Assegued Bantiwalu, Curator and General Director, Zoma Museum PLC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Iris Dressler, Codirector, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Suhanya Raffel, Museum Director, M+, Hong Kong, China
  • Nuria Enguita, Director, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain.
  • Panel Discussion moderated by Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Day 2: Unlocking History and New Narratives

A reflection on the often Eurocentric position that has framed collections and the construction of histories within museums. The need to conceive exhibitions with new, as yet unheard voices as a critical part of the process will be presented and new proactive and reflexive pedagogies through which these tensions can be addressed will be proposed.

  • Denise Ferreira da Silva, Prof. Dr., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Clémentine Deliss, Associate Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
  • Sandra Gamarra Heshiki, Visual Artist, Independent, Lima, Peru/Madrid, Spain
  • Sethembile Msezane, Visual Artist, Msezane Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Panel Discussion moderated by Agustín Pérez Rubio, Independent Curator, Madrid, Spain

Day 3: Learning from the Community: Collective Actions in the Face of Emergency

Presentation of different models of collective actions beyond the world of museums to learn ways to create change in times of social emergency.

  • Emily Jacir, Founder/Director, Dar Jacir for Art and Research, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
  • Lada Nakonechna, Artist, Method Fund, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Philip Rizk, film-maker/artist, Mosireen video collective, Cairo, Egypt
  • Kike España, Dr. Architect, Urban researcher, La Casa Invisible, Malaga, Spain
  • Meenakshi Gopinath, Founder-Director, Women in Security Conflict, Management and Peace (WISCOMP), New Delhi, India
  • Panel Discussion moderated by Manuel Borja-Villel, Director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

CIMAM's 60th-anniversary celebration will invite attendees and online audience to pause and reflect on how the museum sector has come this far, sharing new tools and strategies that can open up a future for museums that is essential to a changing and diverse society.

Conference Program

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Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma (Mallorca)

The location of this year's CIMAM Annual Conference is in a scenic setting in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, in the archipelago of the Balearic Islands, between Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Its lands have been home to a melting pot of cultures and are now a leading modern and international cultural epicenter, which has defined its open and welcoming character and rich cultural heritage.

The afternoon program includes visits to Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma, Miró Mallorca Foundation, Museo Fundació Juan March, CaixaForum Palma, ALTTRA: Teresa Margolles, Galeria Fran Reus, Kewenig Gallery, Horrach Moya Gallery, L21 LAB (Polígono Son Castelló), Galeria Pelaires, Estudio Ana Laura Aláez (Inca) and Estudio Bernardí Roig (Binissalem).


2022 Tours to Ibiza and Menorca

MACE. Contemporary Art Museum of Eivissa (Ibiza)

Two optional tours, capped at 50 participants each, have been organized to Eivissa (Ibiza), Menorca, and inland Mallorca for conference delegates wishing to extend their visit to the Balearic Islands. 

  • Pre-conference Tour to Eivissa (Ibiza). 10 November

Visits include MACE Museu d'Art Contemporani d'Eivissa (Ibiza), Museu Casa Broner and Casal Solleric.

  • Post-conference Tour to Menorca and inland Mallorca. 14–15 November

Visits include Hauser & Wirth, artists' studios of Santiago Sierra and Alicia Framis in Menorca, and Susy Gomez (Campos), Gary Hill (Palma), and 2-3 more studios pending to be confirmed in Mallorca.


Travel Grants to attend CIMAM's 2022 Annual Conference


Meet CIMAM's 41 travel grant beneficiaries!

Supported by
The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles
Byucksan Cultural Foundation, Seoul
OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo
Mercedes Vilardell, London/Mallorca
SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, Istanbul
Beijing Public Art and Culture Foundation, Beijing
Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Madrid

We are thrilled to announce the names of the 41 contemporary art curators, researchers, and museum directors from 24 different countries who have been awarded support to attend the CIMAM 2022 Annual Conference. The CIMAM 2022 Annual Conference, titled The Attentive Museum. Permeable Practices for a Common Ground, will be held in Mallorca (Balearic Islands), Spain on 11–13 November, hosted by Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma.

CIMAM Travel Grants are generously supported by

The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles; Byucksan Cultural Foundation, Seoul; OCA – Office for Contemporary Art, Norway, Oslo; Mercedes Vilardell March, London/Mallorca; SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, Istanbul; Beijing Public Art and Culture Foundation, Beijing and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Madrid.

The aim of the CIMAM Travel Grant Program is to support the curatorial and research development of applicants through their attendance at the Annual Conference where the most current concerns on contemporary art practices are being discussed.

  • Maria Lucia Aleman, Executive Director, Museo De Arte Contemporáneo De Panamá, Panama, Panama.
  • Cristina Anglada, Art Curator, This Is Jackalope, Bunyola, Mallorca, Spain.
  • Ana Ara, Independent Curator, Madrid, Spain.
  • Nicolle Bittencourt, Museologist (Brazil) / Research Student (Tokyo), The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Eric Kuikende, Provenance Researcher, National Museum of Congo, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Mifta Zeleke, Curator, Educator, and Writer, Guramayne Art Center and Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Amanda Bonan, Curator, MAR - Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Thi Thanh Mai Bui, Researcher, Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Junyao Chen, Independent Curator, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China.
  • Raphael Chikukwa, Executive Director, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • Sebastian Cichocki, Chief Curator and Head of Research, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland.
  • Naz Cuguoglu, Curatorial Fellow, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, United States, Istanbul/Turkey.
  • Shayari De Silva, Curator, Art and Archival Collection, Geoffrey Bawa Trust, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Pamela Desjardins, Independent Curator, and Researcher, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Jodie DiNapoli, Researcher, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain.
  • Marianna Dobkowska, Curator, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Jimena Ferreiro, Curator, Researcher and Professor at UNSAM and UNLP, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Joachim Friis, Fellow University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.
  • Hama Goro, Director, Centre Soleil d'Afrique, Bamako, Mali.
  • María Iñigo, Assistant Professor, Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Violeta Janeiro, Independent Curator, Madrid, Spain.
  • Oksana Kapishnikova, Executive Secretary, ICOM National Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
  • Tammy Langtry, Curator, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • María José Lemaitre, Archive Coordinator, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile.
  • Sharon Lerner, Director, Museo De Arte De Lima, Lima, Peru.
  • Rosa Lleo, Independent Curator, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Leonhard Bartolomeus Manubada, Curator, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], Yamaguchi, Japan.
  • Renee Mboya, Writer/Filmmaker/Curator, Wali Chafu Collective, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Asep Topan Mulyono, Independent Curator, Jakarta Institute of Arts, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Paula Nascimento, Independent Curator, NESR Art Foundation, Luanda, Angola.
  • Ayca Okay, Independent Curator, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Carlos Jr. Quijon, Critic and Independent Curator, Quezon City, Philippines.
  • Daniela Ramos, Curator, Art Mediator, Cultural Producer, Nesttun, Norway.
  • Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo, Independent Curator, Madrid, Spain.
  • Frida Rusnak, Curator/mediator, Oslo Open, Oslo, Norway.
  • Marta Sese, Independent Curator/Art Writer, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Ulya Soley, Curator, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Dianna Su, Lecturer, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.
  • Veronica Valentini, Curator, BAR Project / Concomitentes / E.M.M.A., Barcelona, Spain.
  • Julio Cesar Vazquez-Ortiz, Independent Curator and Cultural Manager, Caceres, Spain.
  • Lorena Andrea Vicini, Researcher and Communications Manager, Inhotim, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

CIMAM is profoundly grateful to the institutions and individuals that have supported this year's Travel Grant Program. Thank you!

2022 Travel Grant Funders