Call for Asian contemporary art curators to attend CIMAM 2023!

4 May 2023

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CIMAM 2022 Annual Conference, hosted by Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma (Mallorca), Spain.

Are you a curator of modern or contemporary art from Asia willing to develop your professional skills by attending the CIMAM Annual Conference?

Apply for a Travel Grant supported by Byucksan Cultural Foundation, Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Getty Foundation and Eloisa Haundenschild.

CIMAM offers around 8 travel grants to Asian professionals to attend CIMAM’s 2023 Annual Conference titled "The Co-Creative Museum: Social Agency, Ethics, and Heritage" in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 9 to 11 November 2023.

Funded by:

  • Byucksan Cultural Foundation, Seoul, supports professionals residing in the Northeast Asia region (Republic of Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Mongolia).
  • Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Philippines, supports modern and contemporary art curators, directors, and museum professionals residing in the Philippines.
  • The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, supports professionals residing in countries with Emerging Market and Developing Economies according to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook. Professionals from Iran, North Korea, Syria, Crimea, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Cuba are not eligible due to US restrictions
  • Eloisa Haudenschild, United States, supports professionals residing in countries with Emerging Market and Developing Economies according to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook.


Grants are addressed to modern and contemporary art museum directors and curators in need of financial help to attend CIMAM’s Annual Conference. Researchers and independent curators whose field of research and specialization is contemporary art theory, collections, and museums, and most of their field of professional activity is related to the functions of an art museum, are also eligible.

Applicants should not be involved in any kind of commercial or for-profit activity.

While professionals of all career levels are encouraged to apply, priority is given to junior directors and curators (with less than 10 years of experience). Candidates who have previously received CIMAM grants from the same grant contributor may only be considered for a new grant after 3 years since the previous grant was awarded – unless the grant received was online. In that case, they are eligible to apply again.

Awarded candidates benefit from unique networking opportunities through interaction and exchange with international museum directors and peers. Travel grantees become Members of CIMAM for the term they have been awarded.

The deadline to apply is June 11 at 00:00 hrs. CEST.

Apply HERE

Purpose of the grant

The aim of the grant is to allow successful candidates to attend the CIMAM 2023 Annual Conference and access not only the speaker presentations but also all the activities scheduled during the 3-day conference such as the networking and workshops sessions, and the visits to the main contemporary art exhibitions in Buenos Aires.

The support will cover the following:

  • Conference registration includes access to all conference sessions, lunches, dinners, refreshment breaks, access to organized visits, and coach service to and from planned visits during the 3 conference days.
  • Travel expenses (round trip economy flight).
  • Four-night accommodation in one of the hotels recommended by CIMAM (except for grants funded by Arthaus).
  • CIMAM membership for the period awarded.

Funds do not cover transportation to/from the airport, visa expenses, travel insurance, and registration for the optional conference tours.

The distribution of funds is set on a case-by-case basis for each recipient. CIMAM books and pre-pays all expenses directly (travel and accommodation) avoiding reimbursements to any grantee.

Application Process

Candidates are invited to complete an online application form and include a CV and short résumé, a motivation statement, and two letters of recommendation o email messages in support of the candidates should be issued by museum professionals or scholars who are familiar with your work and/or qualifications.

Current Members of CIMAM (2023-25) are exempt from providing 2 letters of recommendation, but the names and contact details of 2 referees.

If you have any questions about your membership status please email us before submitting your application to Susana Carnicero at (

Byucksan Cultural Foundation, Seoul

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Higgin Kim in his Seoul office © Jun Michael Park

The Byucksan Foundation was established in 2010 to contribute to the development of culture and arts. Byuksan Foundation Key Culture Projects: Fine art Patronage: We aim to foster Korean contemporary art by supporting up and coming artists (Sang-yoon Yoon, Kyung-woo Han, Myeong-beom Kim, Jaye Rhee), and provide funding for the Membership Society of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, which supports the various projects of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. We also took part in fundraising for installing Haegue Yang’s work in the Tate Modern, as well as Wan Lee, whose work was featured at the Korea Pavilion. We also funded the symposium titled From Postwar to Contemporary Korean Art (1953-present): Conflicts, Innovations and Interactions that was held at LACMA last October.

We have been purchasing works by Korean-American artists or sponsored artists donating them to LACMA since 2019. (In 2019, Gala Porras-Kim: 109 west Mexico ceramics from the LACMA collection: Colima index,2017 / in 2020, Jaye Rhee: Once Called Future2019 medium: 3 channel video installation with sound / in 2021, Jane jin Kaisen: Community of Parting,2019 Double-channel video installation; film Purchased with funds provied by Byucksan Foundation)

Music Patronage: We are patrons of talented musical groups such as the Sejong Soloists, Korea Festival Ensemble, and Trio de Seoul in order to promote the development of Korean classical music. Furthermore, we discovered and supported young artists (Woo-cheol Na, Gi-chang Lee, Hye-rin Oh, Yoon-soo Yeo) to help them focus their energy on improving their music. We have been expanding our musical patronage since we started with composer Jee Seo in 2017. NEXT Classic Concert: We hold classical music concerts held by talent donating musicians in schools in order to lead the culture of giving back to society in a world with an education system that is orientated around the university entrance exams. Establish the Byucksan Theater Award, and Support Theater Production: We aim to establish the Byucksan Theater Award in order to foster Korean theater, and support play writes. The winning piece shall be given the rare opportunity to put their work on stage, acting as a platform for struggling debuted play writes to enter the theater scene.


Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Philippines

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Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Philippines

Fernando Zobel de Ayala is part of the seventh generation in the family overseeing Ayala Corporation, serving as its President and COO for 15 years, before assuming the role of CEO until 2022.

A strong advocate of arts and culture, Fernando serves as Chairman of the Ayala Museum, an institution that preserves and promotes Filipino culture, traditions, and history. He was also instrumental in the early development of Art Fair Philippines, collaborating with its founders to exhibit and expand the audience for the best in modern and contemporary Philippine visual art.

Fernando is also engaged in key international advisory committees, particularly with the Tate Modern in London and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

He is thrilled to support Filipino art curators through the CIMAM platform and Travel Grants program to provide museum professionals with resources and expertise in their mission to advance a greater appreciation of cultural and artistic heritage.

The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles

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Getty Center, [copyright] J. Paul Getty Trust

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, the Foundation strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect. The CIMAM travel grants are made possible with support from the Getty Foundation through its Connecting Professionals/Sharing Expertise initiative.


Eloisa Haudenschild, United States

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Press Conference. Shanghai Art Museum

In 2003, Eloisa Haudenschild founded the haudenschildGarage that works with artists through international and regional projects and commissions to present symposia, lectures, and film screenings to the public. A series of artist residencies introduced numerous young Chinese artists to the U.S. for the first time.

Her Latin American collection began in the early 1990s due in large part to Eloisa’s involvement with inSite, a binational initiative. As inSite’s President since 1997, Eloisa continues to work closely with significant Latin American curators and artists.

On February 14, 2023, The Haudenschild Collection opened at the Hammer Museum with the exhibition: Cruel Youth Diary: Chinese Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection.