Around 150 delegates will attend CIMAM 2013 Annual Conference in Rio de Janeiro next week (12–14 August 2013). 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 professionals will be requested through extended Q&A, workshop sessions and visits to contemporary art institutions and galleries in the city to reflect upon the issues arising from the conference topics.
CIMAM has offered 25 travel grants to modern and contemporary art museum and collection professionals residing in Emerging Market and Developing Economies, professionals residing in Latin America, Turkey, Spain and the UK thanks to the funds received from the Getty Foundation, Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Fundación Botín, SAHA Association and the British Council.
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, USA; Paulo Herkenhoff, Director at Museu de Arte do Rio MAR Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Stephen Wright, art writer and professor of the practice of theory at the European School of Visual Arts, Angoulème / Poitiers, France.
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; Joanna Mytkowska, Director at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland; Dieter Roelstraete, Manilow Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA; Samuel Sidibé, Director at the National Museum of Mali, Bamako, Mali; 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 Jailson de Souza moderated by Luiz Camillo Osorio, Chief Curator at MAM Rio.
The conference program will take place entirely at MAM Rio from 12 to 14 of August 2013. On Monday, after the morning sessions, MAM Rio will offer the CIMAM delegates a lunch at the terrace before the workshop sessions that will be followed by visits to Casa França-Brasil, Estúdio Ernesto Neto and A Gentil Carioca where a street barbecue will be served in the evening. On Tuesday the CIMAM delegates are invited by ArtRio to a lunch reception before they visit the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR Rio) and Casa Daros that will offer a cocktail reception. On Wednesday a lunch will be hosted by Pipa Prize at the MAM Rio terrace before the workshop sessions and CIMAM's General Assembly. In the afternoon the delegates will visit the Instituto Moreira Salles, Galeria Silvia Cintra + Box 4 and Anita Schwartz Galeria de Arte where the closing reception will take place in the evening.
On Thursday 15 August the post-conference program includes a visit to Museu do Açude where a brunch will be offered to the CIMAM delegates followed by a visit to Chácara do Céu and to MAC Niterói.
A group of 15 delegates will continue the post-conference tour onto Brasilia on Thursday evening. The program of visits on Friday 16 August in Brasilia will be focused by an architectural tour of the city and will include a lunch reception at Mr Jozef A. Smets, Belgian Ambassador in Brazil's official residence and a visit of ECCO – Contemporary Art Center's new location with special pre-opening exhibition followed by a private dinner reception hosted by Karla Osorio with visit to her collection.