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CIMAM wishes you a Happy Holiday Season!

2021 has certainly been a year full of new opportunities shaped by the ongoing worldwide socio-economic difficulties. Opportunities which have led CIMAM to create new means of communication to enhance the importance of museums and provide close support to contemporary art professionals. In this respect, we are extremely grateful and delighted to have been able to successfully hold the CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference in Poland entitled Under Pressure. Museums in Times of Xenophobia and Climate Emergency.


We would like to express our appreciation to all our members, who are suffering the consequences of the crisis marked by the pandemic, and would like to remember the importance of respecting and supporting each other in bearing the load of promoting culture and art in our own unique way.


In the words of Mami Kataoka, President of CIMAM: “If we think back over the last two years, we have all been under some weight of pressure. Coming together in Poland and hearing different experiences and thoughts in the previous years reminded us that it has really been a tough year, professionally, institutionally, and personally. Being constantly under pressure, particularly for some of us who are in leadership positions and have to pretend that we have endless, positive energy to give to our staff and the institution, I think we are allowed to depressure and take good care of ourselves."

Above all, we want to express our special thanks and gratitude to our patrons. Without them, all this would not be possible. Thank you sincerely for your trust and commitment to CIMAM!

Founding Patrons

Fundació “la Caixa”, Barcelona, Spain
Marc and Josée Gensollen, Marseille, France
Fukutake Foundation, Naoshima, Japan
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France


Claudio Engel, Santiago, Chile
Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas, Lisboa, Portugal
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan


Fundación Botín, Santander, Spain
Albert M.A. Groot, Sittard, Netherlands
Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI), Paddington, Australia

Other News and Resources

CIMAM 2021 Highlights
2021 has been a year of opportunities for CIMAM. Opportunities to provide our members with tools and spaces for reflection to adapt to new scenarios with which museums must live. We are grateful to each and every one of our almost 700 members

Videos and Reports are now available!
Watch all the CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference speakers' presentations and read the reports from our 50 Travel Grantees. Their vision and understanding bring freshness and diversity to the discourse on the relevant topics discussed during this congress. Here.

"Can mutual listening, direct dialogue on a small scale, be able to break the spiral of pain and anger that can only lead to increased polarization?" Hilke Wagner, Direktor Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, talking on day 2 of the CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference. Watch the video recording here.

"Our duty as artist, curators and museum professionals is to advocate for more inclusive spaces"
Read the conference report of Janine Gaëlle Dieudji, Exhibitions Director, Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, Marrakech, Morocco, CIMAM 2021 Travel Grantee, and Member of CIMAM here.

A warm welcome to Dominik Kurylek to CIMAM! Head of Photography, Museum of Photography in Krakow, "As a professional curator and long-term worker of museums, I would like to develop my knowledge about museums, archives, collections around the world. I am interested in international collaboration with other curators, archivists and collectors." Read more.

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