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CIMAM Press Kit 2021-22

CIMAM is the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern and Contemporary Art and an Affiliated Organization of ICOM.

Functioning as a not-for-profit organization, CIMAM is led by a voluntary Board of contemporary art museum professionals that set the strategy and oversee the operations of the committee. CIMAM is funded through its membership and the generous support of a group of patrons.

Mami Kataoka, Director at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, is the President of CIMAM, and Suzanne Cotter, Director at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (Australia), is the Secretary-Treasurer of CIMAM.

The CIMAM Board 2020-22

  • Mami Kataoka, President of CIMAM, Director at Mori Art Museum, (Tokyo).
  • Suzanne Cotter, Secretary-Treasurer of CIMAM, Director at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (Australia).
  • Bart de Baere, General and Artistic Director M HKA—Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (Antwerpen).
  • Saskia Bos, Independent Curator and Critic (Amsterdam).
  • Calin Dan, General Director of MNAC Bucharest National Museum of Contemporary Art (Bucharest).
  • Rhana Devenport, Director, Art Gallery of South Australia (Adelaide).
  • Sarah Glennie, Director of the National College of Art and Design (Dublin).
  • Malgorzata Ludwisiak, Chief Curator, Department of Modern Art, National Museum in Gdansk (Warsaw).
  • Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern (London).
  • Victoria Noorthoorn, Director, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires).
  • Ann-Sofi Noring, Vice-Chancellor / Chairman Royal Academy / Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Stockholm).
  • Agustín Pérez-Rubio, Independent Curator (Madrid).
  • Suhanya Raffel, Director of M+ (Hong Kong).
  • Eugene Tan, Director of the National Gallery Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum (Singapore).
  • Ernestine White-Mifetu, Curator of African Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, (New York)

The membership increased by over 8% in 2017–19, reaching a record level with 633 directors and curators working in modern and contemporary art museums, collections, and archives as well as independent curators, from over 60 different countries.

CIMAM Vision and Mission

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. Its mission is to foster a global network of museums and museum professionals to respond to the evolving needs of modern and contemporary art institutions, taking a leadership role on issues of concern by generating new and unpublished work that anticipates questions reflecting on the needs of the profession. Since 2015, CIMAM is an Affiliated Organization of ICOM.

To achieve its mission, CIMAM undertakes a number of projects, such as Best Practices Guidelines for art institutions and professional individuals, the Museum Watch Program, Sustainability and Ecology in Museum Practice, the Outstanding Museum Practices in a Time of Global Crisis, and the Travel Grant Program. The key event is the Annual Conference, which brings together members to debate relevant subjects, held annually in different cities worldwide.

Projects and Working Groups

CIMAM elected its new Board for 2020- 22 during its Annual Conference in Sydney in November 2019 hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Board plays a vital leadership role in supporting the mission of CIMAM to ensure the continued recognition and sustainability of museums, collections, and archives of modern and contemporary art as contributors to the cultural, social, and economic well-being of society. During their honorary tenure, CIMAM Board members each contribute to practical and strategic working groups that look to ensure a global participation and perspective, acknowledge visionary practices, and to address some of the more urgent challenges facing modern and contemporary museums today.1. Outstanding Museum Practices in a Time of Global Crisis

CIMAM Outstanding Museum Practices in a Time of Global Crisis calls on modern and contemporary art museums to share examples of innovative solutions and inspiring practices that are being implemented due to the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic. In making this call, CIMAM highlights the urgency and benefit of sharing best practices generating exchange and debate on museums' role in our rapidly evolving present.

The 2022 CIMAM Outstanding Museum Practices in a Time of Global Crisis committee consists of CIMAM board members: Suzanne Cotter (Chair), Suhanya Raffel, Ernestine White-Mifetu, Ann-Sofi Noring, Malgorzata Ludwisiak, and Rhana Devenport.

2. Sustainability and Ecology in Museum Practice

CIMAM is committed to addressing environmental issues. This program was launched in November 2019 with the aim of responding to the current climate emergency and of working together with ICOM’s Sustainability Working Group to identify and put together a set of best practice guidelines. The group on sustainability and ecology will be addressing the following questions and developing them collectively with CIMAM members: How can museums respond to the climate emergency?

2022 Sustainability and Ecology in Museum Practice group consists of CIMAM board members: Frances Morris (Chair), Suhanya Raffel, Suzanne Cotter, Mami Kataoka, Ann-Sofi Noring, Malgorzata Ludwisiak, Victoria Noorthoorn, and Rhana Devenport.

3. Engaging with ICOM – International Council of Museums

As part of CIMAM’s strategic goals for this triennial, this new working group initiated in 2020 will work closely with ICOM on key issues that concern museums globally, such as climate change and ethics.

2022 Engaging with ICOM group consists of CIMAM board members: Mami Kataoka (Chair), Suzanne Cotter, Suhanya Raffel, Frances Morris, Ernestine White-Mifetu, Bart de Baere.

4. Museum Watch Program

In 2012 CIMAM initiated a series of statements regarding difficult situations affecting Museums and Collections around the world. This led to the Museum Watch Program that serves as an advocacy program addressing specific critical situations that impact on the operations of museums, not-for-profit institutions, and individuals working in the modern and contemporary art field, sometimes in regions affected by world economic and political crises.

14 cases were under analysis during the board's last term (2017-20), and in this first year of the new triennium, six new cases have been analyzed and reported internationally.

2022 Museum Watch Committee consists of CIMAM board members: Bart de Baere (Chair), Calin Dan, Sarah Glennie, Malgorzata Ludwisiak, Victoria Noorthoorn, and Eugene Tan.

5. CIMAM’s Annual Conference Contents Committee

The committee works together with the hosting institution to identify the conference topic and sub-subjects for each day. The Annual Conference aims to anticipate and discuss questions relating to the running and development of contemporary art museums and collections worldwide.

The Annual Conference is CIMAM’s most important event and CIMAM’s most relevant contribution to the field. The first CIMAM Annual Conference took place in 1962 in The Hague. Since then the Committee has celebrated 50 conferences that have been held in over 30 different cities around the globe.

2022 Contents Committee consists of CIMAM board members: Agustín Pérez Rubio, Saskia Bos, Sarah Glennie, Mami Kataoka, and Malgorzata Ludwisiak.

6. Travel Grant Program

CIMAM’s Travel Grant Program supports the curatorial and research development of individuals through their attendance at the Annual Conference. The aim of this working group is to secure funding for the program ensuring the geographical diversity of opportunities in underrepresented areas.

2022 Travel Grant Program committee consists of CIMAM board members: Agustín Pérez Rubio, Ernestine White-Mifetu, Victoria Noorthoorn, Suhanya Raffel, and Eugene Tan.

7. Museum Best Practices

It consists of identifying documents of reference for the profession that can be endorsed or shared on the CIMAM website. This is an ongoing task for all CIMAM board members. The establishment and support of professional codes of practice and ethical standards for institutions and individuals are key for CIMAM as it is the forum of reference for the international professional community.

The most relevant guideline endorsed in 2018 was the Museum Best Practices for Managing Controversy, a comprehensive document co-produced by the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Arts Advocacy Project and six collaborating national arts organizations.

8. Fundraising

Fundraising is an ongoing task for all CIMAM board members. As a largely volunteer-driven organization and constituted as a not-for-profit organization, CIMAM relies heavily on the generous support of individuals and organizations. CIMAM is led by a voluntary board of contemporary art museum professionals that set the strategy and oversee the operations of the committee. CIMAM is funded through the generous support of a group of patrons and its membership.