Annual Conference 2014 Doha


Museums in Progress: Public interest, private resources?

Over 200 delegates attended the CIMAM 2014 Annual Conference in Doha, Qatar, hosted by Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. The city of Doha provided the opportunity to discuss artistic and museum practices in the region with the most renowned experts coming from 52 countries.

Two Keynote speakers, ten case study presentations and four panel discussions conformed the basis of a larger debate that took place among the conference delegates regarding three main questions: “What is public interest today?”, “Building institutions in the African and the Middle East contexts”, “Private to public and public to private: what are the new professional practices?”

Speakers included Zeina Arida, Director, Sursock Museum, Beirut; Graham W.J. Beal, Director, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; Bernard Blistène, Director, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris; Kate Fowle, Chief Curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow and Director-at-large at Independent Curators International (ICI), New York; Abdellah Karroum, Director, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Maria Lind, Curator and Writer, currently the Director of Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Gabi Ngcobo, curator and faculty Wits School of the Arts, University of Witswatersrand; Rana Sadik, Collector and Director of MinRASY projects, Kuwait; Suha Shoman, Artist, Founder and Chair of the Khalid Shoman Foundation and Darat al Funun, Amman; Hito Steyerl, Artist, Filmmaker, Essayist, Berlin; Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas, Art Collector and Founding Member of Teixeira de Freitas Rodrigues e Associados, Lisbon;Olav Velthuis, Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam.

Visits in Doha included Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Islamic Art, QMA Katara Gallery and Fire Station Artists in Residence.

Thanks to the generous support of the Getty Foundation, Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and Qatar Museums / Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, CIMAM granted 31 professionals to attend the Annual Conference Museums in Progress: Public interest, private resources?

Post-conference tour to Sharjah, Dubai & Abu Dhabi was hosted by Sharjah Art Foundation, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.

Visits included the Gulf Studies Center, Maraya Art Center, Barjeel Foundation, the Museum of Archeology, Sharjah Art Foundation and the Heritage area in Sharjah, a selection of galleries in Dubai, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and Manarat Al Saadiyat museum projects in Abu Dhabi.

2014 Conference Abstract

2014 Conference Booklet

2014 Conference Report

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