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Turning the Gwangju Biennale into a Working Organisation: Statement on the Gwangju Biennale

Gwangju Biennale, 111 Biennale-ro, Buk-gu, Gwangju, 61104 Republic of Korea

The Museum Watch Committee (MWC) expresses its great concern regarding the resistance to the organisational reform of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation, the organiser of the Gwangju Biennale.

The MWC has been following with concern the recent news on art media and statements released by the Foundation, all of which point to a deep crisis within the organising body. While the current situation is too complex for our external assessment, the fact of the Foundation’s inefficient and outdated organisational structure has been commented upon with increasing urgency for many years now, and it is widely agreed that its current structure is ill-suited for a professional event as large and with as high artistic ambitions as the Gwangju Biennale.

CIMAM sent a letter to the Mayor of Gwangju expressing its concern and asking for the City Council of Gwangju to commission an independent external assessment geared at establishing a clear roadmap for the future of Gwangju Biennale and its Foundation, analysing the existing challenges, indicating possible solutions, and setting out organisational and governance criteria to keep the highest international relevance of the biennial.

Read the full statement by the Museum Watch Committee here.

Registration is now open to attend the CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference, on-site or virtual!

The CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference is titled Under Pressure. Museums in Times of Xenophobia and Climate Emergency and will be held in Lodz and Gdansk, Poland, November 5-7, 2021.

The conference offers three days of presentations on the most pressing issues facing the contemporary art museum sector, a networking session, and two discussion workshops as well as visits to the most relevant contemporary art venues in Lodz and Gdansk. A great opportunity to strengthen networking in a professional environment that promotes new projects and connections.
List to invited speakers

Day 1: Conflicts, Crises, and the Politics of Growth
Day 2: Museums as Spaces for Recognizing Differences
Day 3: New Perspectives on Climate and Commonality


The conference will address the roles of artists and museums in this dramatically changing global situation. How can artists be agents of change, and museums be places to test proposals for the communities of the future? Can museums guide processes of political and/or technological solutions?

Book your ticket to attend in person or online.

Around 40 grants to attend the CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference, on-site or virtual!

CIMAM has launched an international Call for Grant Applications to attend the CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference.

We are looking to award around 40 candidates to attend the CIMAM Annual Conference, on-site or virtual.
The Travel Grant Program is an initiative that CIMAM proposes each year for museum professionals and independent curators of modern and contemporary art from emerging and developing countries to attend the CIMAM Annual Conference and strengthen their networks and enrich their curatorial research.
Grants are generously supported by the Getty FoundationV-A-C FoundationByucksan Foundation, Mercedes Vilardell, and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.
→ Check the list of eligible countries here
→ Application Form
→ The deadline to apply is 22 August 2021 at 18:00 CEST.

Submit your grant application!

Job opportunities selection by CIMAM

Browse the latest open curatorial and management positions at contemporary art museums and exhibition centers with deadlines in July and August! Read the list of current job opportunities here.

CIMAM's Environmental Sustainability in Museum Practice Toolkit shares over 35 examples of immediate actions currently being implemented in museums and curatorial projects related to exhibitions and programs, museum staffing, operations, and building efficiency. Get inspired by them and start on the path to more sustainable practices in your museum.

Paper craft: Getty Foundation grants $1.55m to undersung prints and drawings projects
The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles will award 19 museums as part of its Paper Project initiative that aims to support exhibitions and research centred on prints and drawings. Most of the projects will focus on understudied artists, collections and techniques. Read more here.

Elvira Dyangani Ose appointed Director of MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Dyangani replaces Ferran Barenblit, who has been Director of MACBA for the past six years and her appointment coincides with an important stage in MACBA’s history, a programme of expansion.

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