CIMAM is proud to welcome Stephanie Rosenthal among our members

14 June 2021

Photo by Mathias Völzke

"I see the vital role that CIMAM plays in ensuring that museums are networked and not islands of isolation"

Stephanie Rosenthal, Director, Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany.

"CIMAM is an organization that I have followed with intrigue for years. Following conversations with Mami Kataoka, the President of CIMAM, I was delighted to be asked to join as a museum professional.

Since 2018, I have been realizing my program at the Gropius Bau in Berlin and at this moment of an unfurling global pandemic, the fact of human and other species' connectedness has never felt so tangible. Ironically it is also a moment of enforced separation for so many, with times when the physical door of the museum was closed to secure safety in these times and our program shifted into the digital realm. It is in this vein that I see the vital role that CIMAM plays in ensuring that museums are networked and not islands of isolation, but instead, co-creators striving to be critical, engaging with anti-racism, committed to decolonization, sharing best practice, both learning and failing in solidarity with one another and most vitally, supporting artistic production and artists in the most sustainable ways possible. I would be delighted to take this opportunity to enter into a deeper exchange with many CIMAM members whom I already have the pleasure of knowing professionally and getting to know further colleagues, to share knowledge and insights. Furthermore, my mandate is to connect the Gropius Bau's programs with international partners with a view to developing both programs, new productions, and formats for convening and reflecting together."

Gropius Bau

Exterior View of the Martin-Gropius-Bau Photo: Christian Riis Ruggaber / Berliner Festspiele

"The Gropius Bau is one of Europe’s most important exhibition venues. With its acclaimed contemporary and archaeological exhibitions, the Gropius Bau has consistently opened up new realms of experience and established its international reputation.

In view of its eventful history and the variety of institutions that have been active here over the years, the Gropius Bau is organised as an open framework for addressing a broad variety of artistic modes of thinking and their social implications. Through active collaboration with contemporary artists involved in the programme, creative processes are revealed, new perspectives opened up and the possibilities of the institution reflected.

The Gropius Bau also takes part in CIMAM's Free Admission Program that embraces more than 200 modern and contemporary art institutions and biennials worldwide, that offer free admission to our members."


CIMAM – International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art – is an Affiliated Organization of ICOM.* Founded in 1962, CIMAM’s vision is a world where the contribution of museums, collections, and archives of modern and contemporary art to the cultural, social, and economic well-being of society is recognized and respected.

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