CIMAM postpones the Annual Conference and provides a series of Rapid Response Webinars

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PR 3 June 2020

CIMAM postpones the Annual Conference and provides a series of Rapid Response Webinars to encourage dialogue on urgent concerns affecting the modern and contemporary art museum community

Barcelona, 3rd June 2020 - Given the new social conditions and travel restrictions caused by the Covid19 pandemic, CIMAM has postponed this year's Annual Conference until November 2021, when it will be hosted by the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz and NOMUS New Art Museum in Poland, as initially planned.

In a context where the current unprecedented circumstances bring uncertainty to the museum sector, CIMAM plays an essential role in the global community for the museum of modern and contemporary art in order to confront the difficult times ahead.

To this end, CIMAM has developed a series of Rapid Response Webinars that will enable CIMAM members to continue discussing the most urgent concerns and questions affecting the modern and contemporary art museum community at this time. This initiative responds to CIMAM’s spirit and commitment to be a platform for global discussion, a space for sharing and connecting, for learning and encouraging cooperation.

Held on Thursday, 28th May, the first webinar was entitled The View from Here and moderated by Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern London, with the participation of Suzanne Cotter, Director Mudam Luxembourg -Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Ernestine Mifetu-White, Director of William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley, and Sally Tallant, Director of Queens Museum, New York.

Four directors from four major museums around the world – three of whom are CIMAM board members – with different backgrounds, going through different journeys but in the same global pandemic, met to discuss the future of museums in light of the global lockdown and the global social, economic and governmental crisis we face.

Rapid Response Webinars will be held every last Thursday of the month moderated by board members at different time zones and guests. They aim to provide short capsules on urgent concerns for the profession throughout the year. Sessions will be accessible only to CIMAM Members and recorded for those who missed the time.

Calendar of Webinars

- 25 June 2020 with Victoria Noorthoorn and Agustín Pérez-Rubio.

- 30 July 2020 with Suhanya Raffel and Rhana Devenport.

- 27 August 2020 with Saskia Bos, Bart de Baere, Malgorzata Ludwisiak, and Ernestine White–Mifetu.

- 24 September 2020 with Calin Dan and Ann-Sofi Noring.

- 29 October 2020 with Suzanne Cotter and Ann-Sofi Noring.

- 26 November 2020 with Mami Kataoka and Eugene Tan.

CIMAM 2020–22 Board Members

Mami Kataoka, President of CIMAM and Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan. Suzanne Cotter, Secretary-Treasurer of CIMAM and Director, Mudam Luxembourg—Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg. Agustín Pérez Rubio, Curator 11th Berlin Biennale. Berlin, Germany. Ann-Sofi Noring, Co-director, Moderna Museet. Stockholm, Sweden. Bart De Baere, Director, M HKA— Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen. Antwerpen, Belgium. Calin Dan, Director, MNAC Bucharest—National Museum of Contemporary Art. Bucharest, Romania. Ernestine White- Mifetu, Director, William Humphreys Art Gallery. Kimberley, South Africa. Eugene Tan, Director, National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum. Singapore. Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern. London, United Kingdom. Malgorzata Ludwisiak, Independent Art Critic, Curator, Ph.D, Warsaw, Poland. Rhana Devenport, Director, Art Gallery of South Australia. Adelaide, Australia. Sarah Glennie, Director, National College of Art and Design. Dublin, Ireland. Saskia Bos, Art historian and curator. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Suhanya Raffel, Museum Director, M+. Hong Kong, China. Victoria Noorthoorn, Director, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires, Argentina.