Annual Conference 2016 Barcelona

Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona

The Museum and Its Responsibilities

CIMAM’s 2016 Annual Conference (18–20 November 2016) was organized by CIMAM, hosted by the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), CaixaForum. Cultural Center of ”la Caixa” Foundation, the Fundació Joan Miró and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies. A post-conference tour was organized to San Sebastián, Bilbao and Santander on 21 and 22 November 2016.

A total of 230 delegates from 60 different countries attended CIMAM’s 2016 Annual Conference in Barcelona.

CIMAM offered 24 travel grants to modern and contemporary art museum and collection professionals residing in countries with Emerging Market and Developing Economies, professionals residing in Central America and the Caribbean thanks to the funds received from the Getty Foundation and Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Three keynote speakers, 9 perspective (case study) presentations and three panel discussions conformed the basis of a larger debate that took place among the conference delegates regarding three main questions: Responsibility for the Community, Citizens and Society, Curators and Artists: New Parameters and New Responses and Collections and Archives.

Keynote speakers included Marina Garcés, Philosopher and Professor, University of Zaragoza, Barcelona/Zaragoza, Spain; Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director, Castello di Rivoli, Museum of Contemporary Art – GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, Italy and Mari Carmen Ramirez, PhD, The Wortham Curator of Latin American Art & Director, International Center for the Arts of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, United States of America.

Perspective speakers included Dave Beech, Professor of Art, Valand Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden; Sylvie Blocher, Visual Artist, France; Kuan-Hsing Chen, Executive Director of Inter-Asia School (NPO), Professor of the Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies (Chiao Tung U, Taiwan), Co-Director Of the Bandung Institute for Africa-America-Asia-Caribben (China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou), Professor of the School of Marxist Studies (Nanjing U), Cultural Studies Dept (Shanghai U), College of Humanities (Yonsei U, Seoul), the Makerere Institute for Social Research (Makerere U, Uganda), Diplomat Institute (U of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia); Editor, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies: Movement and Renjian Thought Review (Taipei); Michael Dagostino, Director, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, Australia; Călin Dan, General Director, National Museum of Contemporary Art – MNAC Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania; Ticio Escobar, Director, Centro de Artes Visuales/Museo del Barro, Asunción, Paraguay; Alistair Hudson and Miguel Amado, Director and Senior Curator, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom; Marysia Lewandowska, Artist, London, United Kingdom; Yuliya Sorokina, Curator, Asia Art+ PF, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Please refer to the conference booklet available at for the speakers’ biographies, abstracts and more program details.

The three-day program included visits to MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, CaixaForum. Cultural Center of ”la Caixa” Foundation, the Fundació Joan Miró, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Hangar Visual Art Production and Research Center, Fabra i Coats Barcelona Center of Contemporary Art, the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, MNAC National Art Museum of Catalonia, La Virreina Image Centre, the Blue Project Foundation and Foto Colectania Foundation.

The Annual Conference was generously supported by the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Barcelona City Council, Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) – Spain’s Public Agency for Cultural Action, AECID (the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation), the Institut Ramón Llull (Promoting Catalan Culture Abroad), CCCB: Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, Around Art, the Han Nefkens Foundation and the University of Barcelona.

A group of 43 delegates attended CIMAM’s post-conference tour to San Sebastián, Bilbao and Santander, generously hosted by San Sebastian 2016: European Capital of Culture, AZKUNA Zentroa, the Bilbao City Council, the Fundación Botín and Santander City Council.

The two-day optional program to San Sebastián, Bilbao and Santander includes visits to Tabakalera Centre for Contemporary Culture, the San Telmo Museoa and the Chillida-Leku Museum in San Sebastian; the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, the AZKUNA Zentroa and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Fundación Botín and the Centro Botín in Santander.

2016 Conference Abstract

2016 Conference Booklet

2016 Conference Report

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