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CIMAM Press Kit 2020-22

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

Constituted 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 Mudam Luxembourg -Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, is the Secretary-Treasurer of CIMAM.

The CIMAM Board 2020-22

  • Mami Kataoka, President of CIMAM, Director at Mori Art Museum, (Japan).
  • Suzanne Cotter, Secretary-Treasurer of CIMAM, Director at Mudam Luxembourg-Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg).
  • Bart de Baere, General and Artistic Director M HKA—Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (Belgium).
  • Saskia Bos Independent Curator and Critic (Amsterdam).
  • Suzanne Cotter, Director of Mudam Luxembourg—Musée d’Art Moderne Grand—Duc Jean (Luxembourg).
  • 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 (Ireland).
  • Mami Kataoka, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Mori Art Museum (Tokyo).
  • Malgorzata Ludwisiak, Director (2014-2019), Centre for Contemporary Art — Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw). Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern (London).
  • Victoria Noorthoorn, Director, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires). Ann-Sofi Noring, Co-Director and Chief Curator of Moderna Musset (Sweden).
  • Agustín Pérez-Rubio, Independent Curator (Berlin).
  • Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of M+ (Hong Kong).
  • Eugene Tan, Director of the National Gallery Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum (Singapore).
  • Ernestine White-Mifetu, Director, William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley (South Africa).

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 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.CIMAM Outstanding Museum Practice Award

Launched in November 2019, the CIMAM Outstanding Museum Practice Award recognizes exemplary practices in the programs and activities of museums around the world. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in innovation in modern and contemporary art museums, and to encouraging exchange and sustainability within the sector. The Award aims to give visibility to outstanding cases of success in modern and contemporary art museums and to establish an online directory of examples as references for the international community of modern and contemporary art museum professionals.

The 2020–22 CIMAM Outstanding Museum Practice Award committee consists of five 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. In 2019 the printed conference booklet was replaced by an App.

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?

The 2020–22 Sustainability and Ecology in Museum Practice group consists of four CIMAM board members: Frances Morris (Chair), Suzanne Cotter, Mami Kataoka, Ann-Sofi Noring, 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.

The 2020–22 Engaging with ICOM group consists of five 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 the subject of analysis during the past board tenure (2017–19).

The 2020–22 Museum Watch Committee consists of six 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.

The CIMAM 2020 Annual Conference will be held in Lódz and Gdansk, Poland on 6–8 November, hosted by Muzeum Sztuki in Lódz and NOMUS - New Art Museum in Gdansk.

The 2020–22 Contents Committee consists of five CIMAM board members: Saskia Bos, Agustín Pérez Rubio, Eugene Tan, Victoria Noorthoorn 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.

During 2017–19, CIMAM increased the number of travel grants by over 8%, a record level, supporting 91 young curators and museum directors residing in emerging and developing economies.

The 2020–22 Travel Grant Program committee consists of three CIMAM board members: Agustín Pérez Rubio, Eugene Tan, and Victoria Noorthoorn.

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.