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CIMAM 2012 Annual Conference Museums Beyond the Crises

CIMAM – International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art has announced it’s 2012 annual conference Museums Beyond the Crises on 12–14 November 2012.

CIMAM’s Annual Conference is shaping up to be the most important forum for communication, co-operation, and information exchange between museums, professionals, visual arts workers, artists, and others concerned with modern and contemporary art. Its guiding principle is the presentation of new unpublished work followed by free discussion, visits to the foremost contemporary art institutions, collections and projects, and a session of workshops where the cross-fertilization of ideas and the building of relationships allows people-to-people contacts and a chance to discuss the issues arising away from the formalities of the plenary sessions. We expect an audience of around 180 museum directors and curators from more than 40 countries.

Museums Beyond the Crises
Today we can talk about different crises. First, there is the global economic crisis, but this crisis is not the same everywhere; there are also countries of economic prosperity. Next, there is the museum crisis; the predominant model of the museum is collapsing. But again, it is not the same everywhere—there are spaces that didn’t have museums until recently and are now suddenly experiencing a museum boom or else are still without museums but have initiatives that are taking care of the heritage beyond the traditional model of museum. Such crisis means that the old paradigm is being replaced by a new one that still needs to be defined. But this new option, which is our future, is already here. So let’s take a look beyond the crisis that defines us today and see what is there, what these novelties are, what the museum future is.

Keynote speakers include Keti Chukrov, Philosopher, Berlin / Moscow; Ismail Ertürk, Senior Lecturer in Banking, PMO Division, Manchester Business School, Manchester; and William Wells, Director, Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo.

Case study presentations by Bassam el Baroni, Curator and art critic, Alexandria; Cosmin Costinas, Executive director, Para / Site Art Space, Hong Kong; Eungie Joo, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs, New Museum, New York; Koyo Kouoh, Founder and artistic director of RAW MATERIAL COMPANY, Dakar; Miguel A. López, Independent curator, Lima; Sarah Rifky, Independent curator, Cairo; Sandra Terdjman, Director of Programs, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Chin-Tao Wu, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Singapore; and Tirdad Zolghadr, Independent curator, Berlin / New York.

Understanding Local Context sessions and visits include a panel with local institutions: Pist, Bas and 5533, moderated by Özge Ersoy and contextual presentations at ARTER by Melih Fereli, VKF Advisor, Arts and Culture and Emre Baykal, Exhibitions Director, Curator; DEPO by Asena Günal and Osman Kavala; GALERIST by Eda Berkmen, co-director; Istanbul Modern by Oya Eczacıbaşı, Chair and Çelenk Bafra, curator; The first Istanbul Design Biennial by Emre Arolat and Joseph Grima, co-curators; RAMPA by Leyla Tara Suyabatmaz, Founder and Senior Director; and SALT Galata / Beyoglu by Vasif Kortun, Director of Programs and Research.

CIMAM offers twenty-five grants to support the attendance of contemporary visual art professionals from Latin America and developing countries to CIMAM’s 2012 Annual Conference. Grants are restricted to modern and contemporary art curators and museum directors who work in emerging and developing economies. While curators of all career levels are encouraged to apply, we are especially interested in receiving applications from junior curators (less than 10 years experience).

Funding for the CIMAM Travel Grants has been generously provided by The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles and the Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.
For further information on eligibility criteria, requirements and to apply please visit

Application deadline: 1 July 2012

For detailed information and rates on CIMAM’s 2012 Annual Conference and Post-Conference Tour, Registration, Travel Grants, Agenda, and Membership please visit or contact us at [email protected].

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