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CIMAM – International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art 2013 Annual Conference

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.

MAM Rio – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. © Leila Barreto.
MAM Rio – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. © Leila Barreto.

Its guiding principle is the presentation of new unpublished work followed by free discussion and visits to the foremost contemporary art institutions, collections and projects. Around 200 delegates are expected to attend CIMAM 2013 Annual Conference in Rio de Janeiro. Three keynote speakers and six case study presentations will be conforming the bases of a larger debate that will take place among the conference delegates. The active implication of members and delegates will be requested through extended Q&A, workshop sessions and visits to contemporary art institutions and spaces in the city to reflect upon the issues arising from the conference topics.

“New Dynamics in Museums: Curator, Artwork, Public, Governance”
Rather than on the question of what museums represent, the focus of this year’s conference “New Dynamics in Museums: Curator, Artwork, Public, Governance” will be on who the agents of representation are. Having become too extensive to be represented in the museum context in its entirety, the world is now only presentable through the forces that shape it. And the same goes for the art world, which can be less grasped encyclopedically than ever before. Art was the first to express a critical attitude to the dominant forces shaping reality, most directly with institutional critique. After being dealt with by art, museum work embraced self-reflection. The museum seems to represent the world most accurately by reflecting the dynamics of its own work, which in turn reflects the dynamics of our socioeconomic reality in general.

Keynote speakers include Tania Bruguera, artist and initiator of Immigrant Movement International (IM International), Havana, Cuba / New York, United States; Stephen Wright, art writer and professor of the practice of theory at the European School of Visual Arts, Angoulème / Poitiers, France; Paulo Herkenhoff, Director at Museu de Arte do Rio MAR Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Case study presentations by Zoe Butt, Executive Director and Curator at Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Rodrigo Moura, Deputy Director of Art and Cultural Programs at Instituto Inhotim, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil; Samuel Sidibé, Director at the National Museum of Mali, Bamako, Mali; Joanna Mytkowska, Director at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland; Ravi Sundaram, Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi, India.

A panel discussion with Ivana Bentes, Marcus Faustini, Lia Rodrigues and Heloisa Buarque de Holanda moderated by Luiz Camillo Osorio, Chief Curator at MAM Rio.

The conference program includes visits to Casa França-Brasil, Estudio Ernesto Neto, A Gentil Carioca, Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR Rio), Casa Daros, Instituto Moreira Salles and Anita Schwartz Gallery.

Open call for 20 travel grants of modern and contemporary art museum and collection professionals residing in emerging market and developing economies and professionals residing in Latin America:

Around fifteen travel fellowships for professionals residing in emerging market and developing economies are supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation, Los Angeles; five travel grants for professionals residing in Latin America with priority to Central America and the Caribbean are funded by Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Deadline: 10 June 2013 00:00 GMT
Online applications available at

CIMAM has also made possible for professionals from Turkey, Spain and the UK to attend CIMAM 2013 Annual Conference. Two professionals from Turkey have been supported by a grant received from the SAHA Association and one professional from the UK has been supported by the British Council. The Fundación Botín has granted support to two professionals from Spain to attend CIMAM 2013 Annual Conference.

CIMAM 2013 Annual Conference is organized in collaboration with Suzy Muniz Produções.

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