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CIMAM is pleased to share the report Museum Watch Governance Management Project

MG+MSUM staff 2022 /// Ljubljana, 10 March 2022

A research project convened and led by INTERCOM (International Committee of Museum Management) and CIMAM and produced thanks to an ICOM Special Project Grant, with partners in South-East and Central Europe — ICOM SEE and ICOM Poland.

With the participation of partner museums in South East and Central Europe, the project explores how the professional community can respond to an increasingly volatile and risky environment, including inconsistent interference that challenges the neutrality of museums in their knowledge-sharing role. In response to these and other forms of interference, the study argues that introducing an explicit code of governance is a key response.
As INTERCOM president Goranka Horjan stated: "The project aims to boost the potential and integrity of museums and reduce vulnerabilities by increasing resilience. An adequate response to socio-economic challenges is directly linked to good governance and management practices".
The absence of a valid and shared code of governance allows museum staff, governing bodies, and funders to view governance principles as 'optional' rather than as an explicitly prescribed standard for practice. Consequently, this absence can often be a weakness, allowing external interference to occupy and influence this space.
Bart de Baere, Chair of CIMAM's Museum Watch Committee, and CIMAM Board Member stated: "Governance principles and governance deficits are not specific to contemporary art museums. However, this is where the response of CIMAM, which is part of the ICOM ecosystem, comes in. Therefore, it seemed logical that CIMAM's Museum Watch Committee approached INTERCOM to begin focusing on ideas, issues, and practices related to governance and leadership in the museum context. The whole plan then became an ICOM Special Project".

A team of experts, including researchers Ian King and Annick Schramme, carried out the surveys and interviews that have helped map national and regional constraints to harness the creative potential of museums.

Browse the report and conclusions here

CIMAM expresses its concern over the dismissal of Jaroslaw Suchan as director of Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz

Jaroslaw Suchan, November 2021, Lodz. Photo by HAWA.

CIMAM expresses its concern over the dismissal of Jaroslaw Suchan as director of Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, making public the letters sent on February 23 to the Polish Ministry of Culture and issuing a new statement.

Read CIMAM's response and letters here

Contribute to CIMAM's survey on the SDGs tackling Climate, Social, and Economic Sustainability in the Museum Practice

We call Directors of museums, heads of programs, curators, sustainability curators, exhibition managers, and other professionals of modern and contemporary art museums, collections, institutions, as well as independent curators to contribute with their expertise and experience to this leading research. While your answers will be anonymized in the report, you will be listed as a respondent of this quantitative report.

Fill this short survey today

CIMAM joins the museums' green solutions and introduces the e-card! A fully digital and sustainable version of the PVC cards will be available on your smartphone with this environmentally-friendly initiative. In the next few days, CIMAM Members will receive their new e-card! CIMAM's e-cards are supplied by MuseumAnywhere.

"A museum is not an agreement or a pile of bricks but energy in motion" Sofia Dourron, Independent Curator and former director of Museo La Ene, Buenos Aires, and panelist at CIMAM's webinar Mobile, Virtual, Ephemeral: Collections of the Future? Watch the recording and stay tuned about CIMAM's upcoming Rapid Response Webinars!

A New Book Explores How Decades of Activism Resulted in the Power Shifts Upending Today’s Art World. The social upheavals of the last decade have been unquestionable catalysts of change in the art world. They have accelerated a process that was otherwise proceeding at a sluggish and erratic pace: inclusivity. Read an Excerpt Here.

Sometimes visitors want to contribute to a museum by becoming a donor, and these offerings should be seen as indicators of a healthy relationship with the community, whether they are accepted or not. Read the full article written by Shirley M. Mueller M.D. Published by Psychology Today on 1 May 2022.

We are pleased to welcome Hilke Wagner to CIMAM! "In these complex political times and in the face of increasing social polarization, international networking in solidarity is more important than ever." Hilke Wagner, Direktor Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden. Read more here. Join CIMAM today.

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