Annual Conference 2017 Singapore

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The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society

CIMAM’s 2017 Annual Conference (10–12 November 2017) was organized by CIMAM, hosted by the National Gallery Singapore. A pre-conference tour was organized to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on 8 and 9 November 2017 and the post-conference tour this year was organized to Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 13, 14 and 15 November 2017.

A total of 280 delegates from 53 different countries registered to the CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference in Singapore.

Constituted by members of CIMAM’s Board, the conference committee for the 2017 Annual Conference was led by Eugene Tan (Director, National Gallery Singapore) and consisted of Corinne Diserens (independent curator); Mami Kataoka (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum); Sarah Glennie (Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art); Saskia Bos (independent curator), Suzanne Cotter (Director, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art).

Three keynote speakers, nine 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: Art and the City: From Local to Transnational; Re-learning Southest Asia; What Do Museums Collect, and How?

Keynote speakers included Nikos Papastergiadis, Director, Research Unit in Public Cultures, and Professor, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Australia; Patrick D. Flores, Professor of Art Studies, University of the Philippines, Manila and Donna De Salvo, Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA.

Perspective speakers included Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Singapore; Chen Chieh-Jen, Artist, Taiwan; Andrea Cusumano, Deputy Mayor for Culture of Palermo, Italy; Ade Darmawan, Artist, Curator and Director, ruangrupa, Jakarta, Indonesia; Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand; Post-Museum, Jennifer Teo & Woon Tien Wei, Artists, Singapore; Adriano Pedrosa, Artistic Director, São Paulo Museum of Art; Tiffany Chung, Artist and Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director, M+ Museum of Visual Culture.

The three-day program included visits to Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, DECK, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore Art Museum @ 8Q, Gillman Barracks & NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Mapletree Business City and ArtScience Museum. Patricipants could choose among three Arts & Heritage Tours: Civic District, Tiong Bahru and Bras Basah.Bugis.

The Annual Conference was generously supported by The Keppel Group, Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Tourism Board and Terra Foundation for American Art.

A group of 33 delegates attended CIMAM’s pre-conference tour to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The two-day optional program included visits to Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Dinh Q. Le’s studio, War Remnants Museum and Galerie Quynh.

A group of 44 delegates attended CIMAM’s pre-conference tour to Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The two-day optional program included visits to Jakarta Biennale 2017, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), Borobudur UNESCO World Heritage Site, OHD Heritage House, OHD Museum, Nasirun’s studio, Biennale Jogja XIV, Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society and Agus Suwage’s studio.

CIMAM offered 31 travel grants to modern and contemporary art museum and collection professionals. Thanks to the funds received from the Getty Foundation, MALBA–Fundación Costantini, Fubon Art Foundation and Alserkal Programming.

Please refer to the conference booklet available at for the speakers’ biographies, abstracts and more program details.

The CIMAM 2017 Annual Conference is co-organized and hosted by the National Gallery Singapore.

2017 Conference Abstract

2017 Conference Booklet

2017 Conference Report

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