Malgorzata Ludwisiak

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Director, Centre for Contemporary Art. Warsaw, Poland

Are you a member of ICOM? Yes

Years professionally involved in the contemporary art museum field: 12 years

Have you served on another board or organization similar to CIMAM? No

How can you contribute to CIMAM's mission and strategic goals being a Member of the Board?

I have expertise both in avant-garde/modern art museums’ field as a deputy director in Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz (6 years) and in a field of contemporary art institutions – as a director of Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (since 5 years), which entails different dynamics in understanding the mission of art institution, its collections, programme and audiences.

As a board member, I would like to dedicate myself to reconsidering how CIMAM could perform its mission nowadays even better and to its governance.

A slight refocusing of main conferences’ themes towards future challenges of our institutions seems desirable, A.I., robotics, coding and genomics as new trillion-dollar businesses of a near future; raising phenomenon of „international nationalisms” against globalisation; ecological crisis; changing culture, gender, race etc. profiles of our publics over time and raising gap between their expectations and our practices; progressive historization of modern art collections. In my opinion, theoretical, philosophical and research-based papers should play even greater role during conferences.

I will propose a more direct democratic model of CIMAM functioning, based on a larger participation and engagement of CIMAM members. That will include thematic working groups ellaborating topics of particular relevance; more voting procedures (in person and on-line); activating members and including their ideas for conferences’ topics. I believe that enhencing inclusivness and engagement among CIMAM members would profit a lot to our organisation.

I would be honoured to offer to CIMAM my double expertise (avant-gard/modern art and contemporary), highest commitment and enthusiastical attitude!

Short bio describing your involvement with CIMAM and the museum community:

Director of Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (since 2014), curator, Ph.D. in art history, a vice-director for research, education and promotion in the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz (2008–2014), director of International Lodz Biennale (2006) and initiator and director of Lodz Design Festival (2007).

As director of the CCA, she completely reorganized the institution and reprofiled its programme towards critical approach to globalization and towards performative arts. As the first Polish institution, the CCA ran long-term collaborations with Asian partners (Taiwan, Indonesia) and opened-up to non-European perspectives on art as a part of its mission. Curator of a first solo show in Poland of Senegalese artist El Hadji Sy “At First I Thought I Was Dancing” (2016).

In Muzeum Sztuki she co-curated (with Jarosław Lubiak) a renowned exhibition “Correspondences. Modern Art and Universalism” (2012-2013), putting in dialogue two collections of 20th and 21st century art: of Kunstmuseum Bern and Muzeum Sztuki. The exhibition reinterpretated last century of art applying Walter Benjamin’s notion of “passages” as a method to re-read notion of “modernity” and the very status of an art work.

Member of AICA and CIMAM, regularly attending CIMAM annual conferences since 2011. Along with Peter Pakesch, Jaroslaw Suchan and Katrin Bucher, she co-funded TRANSLOCAL - International Museums’ Network for European, non-capital based museums of modern art. In 2019 she has been invited by Bernard Blistène as the only representative from Eastern Europe, to “Europe des Musees” - a network recently established by Centre Pompidou.