Outstanding Museum Practices in a Time of Global Crisis

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CIMAM calls for Outstanding Museum Practices in a Time of Global Crisis.

Friday April 24th, Barcelona – CIMAM, the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art calls its members to share best practices and to generate exchange and debate on the role of museums in our rapidly evolving present.

In light of the closure of museums due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, CIMAM wishes to call attention to the exceptional work being carried out by our museums and peer institutions around the world at this critical time, as part of CIMAM's commitment to provide a platform for the global discussion among over 600 museum professionals and to stay connected in solidarity.

CIMAM members are asked to nominate practices in their own museum or in others, whether large or small and in diverse contexts, that are innovative and exemplary in their response to the current situation to ensure a continued and inclusive access to culture.

This initiative is an evolution of the Outstanding Museum Practice Award to provide visibility and generate a reference for the best practices carried out during this unprecedented global crisis that represents a real challenge for many institutions in the art world.

Nominations including the name of the museum or institution, a brief description of the practice or project, and a weblink should be sent to info@cimam.org.

Nominated practices will be shared on the CIMAM website during the upcoming months. The Outstanding Museum Practice Award launched in November 2019 is postponed until 2021.


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 wellbeing 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needs of modern and contemporary art institutions, taking a leadership role on issues of concern by generating new and unpublished work that anticipates questions reflecting on the needs of the profession.

CIMAM is composed of directors and curators of modern and contemporary art museums and collections and independent professionals who contribute knowledge and experience to the field. Members subscribe to the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums and CIMAM’s Principles of Deaccession.

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, Director, Centre for Contemporary Art. 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.