About the 2023 Grant Funders

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CIMAM 2022 Annual Conference hosted by Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma. Photo by Soni Martínez Payan.

CIMAM is deeply grateful to the institutions and individuals that have supported this year's Travel Grant Program. Thank you!

  • The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles
  • ArtHaus, Buenos Aires
  • Aimée Labarrere de Servitje, Mexico
  • Byucksan Cultural Foundation, Seoul
  • Eloisa Haudenschild, United States
  • Embassy of Brazil, Buenos Aires
  • Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Manila
  • Mercedes Vilardell, London/Mallorca
  • OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo
  • Saastamoinen Foundation, Helsinki
  • SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, Istanbul
  • Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka

The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles

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Getty Center, © J. Paul Getty Trust

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, the Foundation strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect. The CIMAM travel grants are made possible with support from the Getty Foundation through its Connecting Professionals/Sharing Expertise initiative.


ArtHaus, Buenos Aires

ArtHaus, Buenos Aires

ArtHaus is a contemporary art research and production space at the forefront of the revival of Buenos Aires downtown district through art. Its location not only leads to the change that is taking place throughout the area in the context of the post-pandemic, but also places art, specifically contemporary art in all its manifestations, as a strong agent of change.

Founded by Andrés Buhar in 2021, ArtHaus is a space for the visual arts, music, dance, performing and sound arts. It has been conceived as a site for artists, curators, critics and researchers, where the voice of the creators, cultural practitioners, intellectuals and sensory experiences intertwine.

Its annual programme includes concerts, performing arts and exhibitions from the different disciplines hosted, seeking also to stimulate a dynamic interchange among them.

As part of its commitment to contemporary art, this Foundation supports a number of prizes, grants and commissions for creators, in cooperation with national and international institutions.

From its base at ArtHaus Central, located in an emblematic building in the centre of Buenos Aires, its activities reach out to the rest of the country and to international audiences. The venue has an auditorium and extensive exhibition halls.


Aimée Labarrere de Servitje, Mexico

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Aimée Labarrere de Servitje

Aimée Labarrere de Servitje (La Habana, Cuba, 1956). Art collector and cultural manager. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and graduated with her thesis “Origins and Cuban Avant-Garde” in 1998, which promoted and structured the exhibition with the same title in Museo de Arte Moderno (Mexico City, 2000). She alsoholds a Master’s Degree in Art Studies (Universidad Iberoamericana). She directed theOlga and Rufino Tamayo Foundation and in 2006 assumed the presidency of Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo A.C. (PAC). Throughout her tenure, she has promoted highquality programs and has given continuity to International Symposium for Theory and Contemporary Art (Simposio Internacional de Teoría sobre Arte Contemporáneo, SITAC), one of the most important forums of theory un Latin America.

Servitje has formerly served as Vice President of the Board of the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City (MAM); and as a member of the Acquisitions Committees of both the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) in Argentina and the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALÍ) in Perú. Currently, she is part of the Fundación Olga y Rufino Tamayo; President of the Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, A.C.; member of the Patronato Innovando la Tradicion; member of the Dia Women Center and President of the Board of Casa Gallina. She is a member of the Patronato for MUAC, the Latin American/Caribbean Committee Fund of MoMA, in New York; and of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee of the Tate, in London.

Through her work in the institutions that she heads, Aimée Servitje embraces areas of contemporary art that other art collectors and bigger institutions do not, including non-profit art spaces, and experimental artistic and curatorial practices.

Byucksan Cultural Foundation, Seoul

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Higgin Kim in his Seoul office © Jun Michael Park

The Byucksan Foundation was established in 2010 to contribute to the development of culture and arts. Byuksan Foundation Key Culture Projects: Fine art Patronage: We aim to foster Korean contemporary art by supporting up and coming artists (Sang-yoon Yoon, Kyung-woo Han, Myeong-beom Kim, Jaye Rhee), and provide funding for the Membership Society of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, which supports the various projects of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. We also took part in fundraising for installing Haegue Yang’s work in the Tate Modern, as well as Wan Lee, whose work was featured at the Korea Pavilion. We also funded the symposium titled From Postwar to Contemporary Korean Art (1953-present): Conflicts, Innovations and Interactions that was held at LACMA last October.

We have been purchasing works by Korean-American artists or sponsored artists donating them to LACMA since 2019. (In 2019, Gala Porras-Kim: 109 west Mexico ceramics from the LACMA collection: Colima index,2017 / in 2020, Jaye Rhee: Once Called Future2019 medium: 3 channel video installation with sound / in 2021, Jane jin Kaisen: Community of Parting,2019 Double-channel video installation; film Purchased with funds provied by Byucksan Foundation)

Music Patronage: We are patrons of talented musical groups such as the Sejong Soloists, Korea Festival Ensemble, and Trio de Seoul in order to promote the development of Korean classical music. Furthermore, we discovered and supported young artists (Woo-cheol Na, Gi-chang Lee, Hye-rin Oh, Yoon-soo Yeo) to help them focus their energy on improving their music. We have been expanding our musical patronage since we started with composer Jee Seo in 2017. NEXT Classic Concert: We hold classical music concerts held by talent donating musicians in schools in order to lead the culture of giving back to society in a world with an education system that is orientated around the university entrance exams. Establish the Byucksan Theater Award, and Support Theater Production: We aim to establish the Byucksan Theater Award in order to foster Korean theater, and support play writes. The winning piece shall be given the rare opportunity to put their work on stage, acting as a platform for struggling debuted play writes to enter the theater scene.


Eloisa Haudenschild, United States

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Press Conference. Shanghai Art Museum

In 2003, Eloisa Haudenschild founded the haudenschildGarage that works with artists through international and regional projects and commissions to present symposia, lectures, and film screenings to the public. A series of artist residencies introduced numerous young Chinese artists to the U.S. for the first time.

Her Latin American collection began in the early 1990s due in large part to Eloisa’s involvement with inSite, a binational initiative. As inSite’s President since 1997, Eloisa continues to work closely with significant Latin American curators and artists.

On February 14, 2023, The Haudenschild Collection opened at the Hammer Museum with the exhibition: Cruel Youth Diary: Chinese Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection.

Embassy of Brazil, Buenos Aires

Embassy of Brazil in Buenos Aires.

Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs aims to promote Brazilian culture abroad and encourage dialogue between Brazilian cultural agents and their international counterparts. The Embassy of Brazil in Buenos Aires supports Brazilian artists from different areas, in order to strengthen lasting ties with Argentinian society. In 2023, its programme includes the presence of Brazilian professionals in the main festivals of literature, cinema, music and theater, as well as in artistic residencies. The cultural space at Pereda Palace hosts exhibitions of Brazilian visual arts, concerts, gastronomic events and academic conferences.

Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Philippines

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Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Philippines

Fernando Zobel de Ayala is part of the seventh generation in the family overseeing Ayala Corporation.

Mr. Zobel de Ayala currently serves as Chairman of the Board at AC Health, Director of Ayala Corporation and the Bank of the Philippine Islands, and as a Special Advisor to the Board of Ayala Land Inc. He previously served as Ayala Corporation’s President and COO for 15 years, before assuming the role of CEO until 2022.

A strong advocate of arts and culture, Fernando serves as Chairman of the Ayala Museum, an institution that preserves and promotes Filipino culture, traditions, and history. He was also instrumental in the early development of Art Fair Philippines, collaborating with its founders to exhibit and expand the audience for the best in modern and contemporary Philippine visual art.

Fernando is also engaged in key international advisory committees, particularly with the Tate Modern in London and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

He is thrilled to support Filipino art curators through the CIMAM platform and Travel Grants program to provide museum professionals with resources and expertise in their mission to advance a greater appreciation of cultural and artistic heritage.

Mercedes Vilardell, London/Mallorca

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Mercedes Vilardell is Chair of Tate’s African Acquisitions Committee, Member of the African Acquisitions Committee at the Centre Pompidou, Member of the Executive Commission of the Reina Sofia Foundation, Board member of The Showroom in London; and Member of the executive committee of Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

In addition to supporting Gasworks with an artist residency, she also supports Delfina Foundation, Chisenhale Gallery, and one student a year from the African continent at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

Mercedes is also a sponsor for the Bamako Encounters, Mali, and the Lubumbashi Biennale, Congo.

OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo

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Public talk at OCA with University Museum of Contemporary Art (Mexico City), Photo credit Michael Miller / Office for Contemporary Art Norway

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) is a non-profit foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001. Its principle aim is to foster dialogue between art practitioners in Norway, including Sápmi, and the international arts scene, and support artists based in Norway in their activities around the world. As a result OCA’s discursive, exhibition, publication, residency and visitor programmes focus on bringing to Norway the plurality of practices and histories at the forefront of international artistic debates, as much as they are concerned with actively participating in such debates nationally and internationally. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of La Biennale di Venezia since 2001.


Saastamoinen Foundation, Helsinki

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Saastamoinen Foundation promotes and grants e.g. for higher education in fine arts. Facilities for material studies at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts. Photo by Petri Summanen / Uniarts Helsinki.

Since 1968, Saastamoinen Foundation has supported art and artists, education, and cutting-edge research as well as social projects for children and young people. The promotion of international research, education, and networking is one of the Foundation's top priorities. This is done in partnership with the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts, University of Eastern Finland, and Aalto University.

Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection is one of the major collections in Finland. The Foundation actively collects both Finnish and international art for its collection, which is permanently displayed at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art. InCollection, a collaborative exhibition concept with EMMA museum, launched at the Venice Biennial in spring 2022. The Foundation supports Artist Pedagogy Research, mentoring, and international residencies for artists.


SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, Istanbul

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SAHA Studio. Photo by Kayhan Kaygusuz

SAHA Association was founded to support artists, curators, and writers working in visual arts from Turkey in improving their production and development environments, and to enhance their interactions with international art institutions and networks.


- Collaborates with not-for-profit organizations to realize exhibitions, publications, projects and public programs by the invited artists and curators; over the course of the specific project, SAHA acts as a facilitator and gives production grants if necessary.

- Establishes partnerships with residency and research programs abroad to facilitate the participation of art professionals from Turkey; works directly with the artists and curators invited to SAHA Studio in Istanbul for their new projects and to expand their networks.

- Helps art institutions and professionals to conduct research in Turkey and to produce new projects with artists and curators that they would like to invite.

- Develops funds and programs geared towards contemporary art biennials, art initiatives and art writers in different parts of the country to foster sustainability of independent artistic production in Turkey.

Founded in 2011 by nine founding members and by the contributions of 31 members, SAHA believes in the importance of collective effort to create an independent “field” [saha] that helps integrate art from Turkey into the universal artistic ecosystem. SAHA is a not-for-profit organization that offers its support to visual arts through a participatory approach in governance and fundraising with its members, institutional supporters, project partners, and consultants.


Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka

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Srihatta, Gallery view. Courtesy of the Samdani Art Foundation

The Samdani Art Foundation is a private arts trust based in Dhaka, Bangladesh founded in 2011 by Nadia Samdani MBE and Rajeeb Samdani to support the work of the country’s contemporary artists and architects. Its programmes support Bangladeshi artists and architects in broadening their creative horizons through production grants, residencies, education programs, and exhibitions. SAF’s motivations are articulated through a variety of initiatives, the largest being the bi-annual Dhaka Art Summit, which it founded in 2012 and completed its sixth edition in February 2023. A permanent home for the foundation is currently in development: Srihatta – Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park, located in Sylhet, Bangladesh will open in 2024.