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Mobile, Virtual, Ephemeral: Collections of the Future?

Join CIMAM's Rapid Response Webinar
Thursday 31 March 2022, 17:00 hrs CEST.

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In the times of museums being burned down because of war or put at risk because of climate disaster effects – what is a meaning of a public art collection?

Could we imagine a different definition of collecting, an alternative circulation of objects, or an art museum without art objects?

What if museums start collecting narratives or if the collection is co-owned by the local or international communities?

Asking such questions and speculating on possible answers seems to be inevitable on the threshold of profound changes in the surrounding world and at the same time of changes awaiting museums of modern and contemporary art.

The upcoming CIMAM webinar will go a step further by taking a look at four different and radical approaches to the idea and practice of possible museums’ collections. The curators of the four diverse initiatives will share their experience:

  • on virtual museum hosting international collections of Roma art (Timea Junghaus, Executive Director of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) will speak on behalf of RomaMoMA),

  • on mobility and establishing a relationship with local communities (Sofia Dourron from Museo La Ene in Buenos Aires),

  • on co-owning the collection of artists’ novels developed by M HKA Antwerp (Joanna Zielinska and David Maroto from The Book Lovers collective), 

  • and on managing artistic heritage and collections in times of war (Piotr Rypson, Adjunct Professor at New Media Department, Polish-Japanese Academy of Computer Technology; Curator at the Jewish Historical Institute and Chair of ICOM Poland).

Read their bios here.

Moderated by CIMAM Board Members:

  • Agustín Pérez Rubio, Independent Curator, Madrid, Spain

  • Malgorzata Ludwisiak, Chief Curator, Department of Modern Art, National Museum in Gdansk, Poland.

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Resources in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine We keep updating the list of professional opportunities and shelter for Ukrainian, Emergency Contacts, Initiatives to Donate Funds and Materials, and Cultural Heritage and Evacuation of Art resources in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

CIMAM is a key generator of content, contacts, and resources for the international modern and contemporary art museum community. We invite you to browse our 2021 Annual Report which highlights the membership figures, programs, and finances of CIMAM in the preceding year. Mami Kataoka, President of CIMAM, and Director of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

A Courageous Action by the staff of Moderna galerija, Ljubljana. CIMAM's Museum Watch shared the letter by the staff of Moderna galerija calling for the dismissal of the current Director as a gesture of solidarity and support with the staff and to share with our members the details of this critical situation as it unfolds. Read more here.

"The museum can play an essential role in enriching the everyday experience in people's lives" May museums be drivers for economy recovery? What makes the Hong Kong art scene so unique? How can museums respond to climate emergency?Read these and other answers to the interview with Suhanya Raffel, Director of M+, Hong Kong, and CIMAM Board Member.

Vote for ICOM Museum Definition: Consultation 4
CIMAM Members are called to vote for ICOM's 5 museum definition proposals. You can rank the definitions and also suggest brief alterations to their preferred proposal until 1 April.

We are pleased to welcome Gregor Muir to CIMAM! "As Director of Collections, International Art at Tate, being a part of the CIMAM community would allow me to further explore protocols and programming across the museum sector, especially in relation to new forms of collecting" Read more here.

Job opportunities selection by CIMAM
La Nueva Fábrica 2022 Residency; Create in Dublin seeks a Director; MCA Chicago seeks an Assistant to the Chief Curator; HoMA Honolulu Museum of Art seeks a Director of Collections; HOTA Gallery seeks an Exhibitions Project Manager in Australia. Check out more here.

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