Join CIMAM's 60th anniversary webinar!

1 July 2022


Wednesday 6 July 2022, 13:00 hrs CEST.
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Growing up, reaching out, and reflecting: On its 60th birthday, CIMAM invites you to help influence the future

On the 6th of July, CIMAM celebrates its 60th birthday, in fact, the Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art was founded on July 5, 1962, in The Hague, Netherlands.

As CIMAM is approaching the festive commemoration of its birthday during the coming Annual Conference with many members present, this webinar has been organized with museum directors and curators of modern and contemporary art from Asia, Latin America, and Europe to discuss past, present, and future of CIMAM with Board members and the audience.

President of CIMAM and director of Mori Museum in Tokyo, Mami Kataoka, will open this webinar going back in time. CIMAM was born from the initiative of European professionals of modern and contemporary art museums in the 1960s. What has changed since?

Suhanya Raffel, CIMAM board member and director of M+ Museum in Hong Kong, will ponder what visions and knowledge the Board needs to bring together to be able to propose projects and debates that help develop the careers of museum professionals.

The early history of CIMAM will be analyzed by Board member Saskia Bos, art historian, and curator, who led organizations in Amsterdam (de Appel) and New York (Cooper Union), to discuss what contents were addressed throughout the first decades.

Working groups such as the Museum Watch, the Sustainability Group, and the Outstanding Museum Practices Award have provided resources and practical tools to assist the museum community in carrying out their work according to best practices. Board member and Chief Curator, Department of Modern Art at the National Museum in Gdansk, Malgorzata Ludwisiak will present this broad spectrum while asking: what new resources will CIMAM need to cover to remain relevant?

To reach these audiences, museums have adapted their programs' focus to tell stories that speak to through artists who connect with them. Agustin Perez Rubio, independent curator and former museum director of MALBA (Argentina) and MUSAC (Spain) has a background both in Europe and Latin America. As head of CIMAM's Content Committee, he will present the collective endeavor of The Attentive Museum, a conference topic meant to make the museum a place of attentive listening, to consider all the voices and stories that connect directly with the communities belonging to the geographical areas of museums.

The webinar audience is invited to question the speakers and suggest topics for CIMAM to consider, both for today as for future webinars and conferences.

The webinar will be moderated by CIMAM president Mami Kataoka.


CIMAM 2022 Rapid Response Webinars are made possible with support from the Getty Foundation through its Connecting Professionals/Sharing Expertise initiative.