CIMAM NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2012                                                          
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Over 190 professionals have registered from 55 different countries. Among our international delegates we are looking forward to welcome 32 beneficiaries of travel grants*, 26 professionals from Turkey that will participate in the conference program as well as our guest speakers, CIMAM's members, patrons, contributors, collaborators and board members.

Under the title Museums Beyond the Crises, the conference hosted by SALT will take place in Istanbul from November 12 -14, 2012.

Today we can talk about different crises. First, there is the global economic crisis, but this crisis is not the same everywhere; there are also countries of economic prosperity. Next, there is the museum crisis; the predominant model of the museum is collapsing. But again, it is not the same everywhere—there are spaces that didn’t have museums until recently and are now suddenly experiencing a museum boom or else are still without museums but have initiatives that are taking care of the heritage beyond the traditional model of museum. Such crisis means that the old paradigm is being replaced by a new one that still needs to be defined. But this new option, which is our future, is already here. So let’s take a look beyond the crisis that defines us today and see what is there, what these novelties are, what the museum future is.

Keynote speakers include Keti Chukrov, Philosopher, Berlin / Moscow; Ismail Ertürk, Senior Lecturer in Banking, PMO Division, Manchester Business School, Manchester; and William Wells, Director, Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo.

Case study presentations by Bassam el Baroni, Curator and art critic, Alexandria; Cosmin Costinas, Executive director, Para / Site Art Space, Hong Kong; Eungie Joo, Director of Art and Cultural Programs, Instituto Inhotim, Inhotim; Koyo Kouoh, Founder and artistic director of RAW MATERIAL COMPANY, Dakar; Miguel A. López, Independent curator, Lima; Sarah Rifky, Co-Director, Beirut, Cairo; Sandra Terdjman, Director of Programs, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Chin-Tao Wu, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei; and Tirdad Zolghadr, Independent curator, Berlin / New York.

Understanding Local Context sessions and visits of the foremost contemporary art institutions in Istanbul include a panel with local institutions Pist, Bas and 5533, moderated by Özge Ersoy. Contextual presentations will take place at ARTER by Melih Fereli, VKF Advisor, Arts and Culture and Emre Baykal, Exhibitions Director, Curator; DEPO by Asena Günal and Osman Kavala; GALERIST by Eda Berkmen, co-director; Istanbul Modern by Oya Eczacıbaşı, Chair and Çelenk Bafra, curator; The first Istanbul Design Biennial by Emre Arolat and Joseph Grima, co-curators; Gallery NON by Derya Demir, Owner, director; RAMPA by Leyla Tara Suyabatmaz, Founder and Senior Director; SAHA by Merve Çalgar, General Secretary and SALT Galata / Beyoglu by Vasif Kortun, Director of Programs and Research.
*Funding for the CIMAM Travel Grants has been generously provided by The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and The British Council.
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A post conference tour has been organized to Beirut for November 15th and comprises private visits to the foremost contemporary art institutions and projects in Beirut. A small delegation will be visiting 98 WEEKS; The Arab Image Foundation; Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts; Beirut Art Center; and Sfeir-Semler Gallery. The Sky Over Beirut : Walking Tours of The City will be especially presented by Tony Chakar.
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Ben Borthwick, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Artes Mundi, Cardiff; Katrina Brown, Director, The Common Guild, Glasgow; Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary, Margate and Simon Wallis, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, have been invited to attend the 2012 CIMAM Annual Conference.
This program is organized by CIMAM in partnership with the British Council.


CIMAM would like to remind you that Turkish Airlines is the official airline of the 2012 CIMAM Annual Conference, Museums Beyond the Crises, hosted by SALT in Istanbul, 12-14 November 2012 and offers a special discounted rate for the international participants: Up to 20% on Business Class; Up to 15% on Economy Class.

Please show the invitation letter to the event to the Sales Office of Turkish Airlines in your country if you plan to attend the 2012 CIMAM Annual Conference via Turkish Airlines. The event code is 058TKM12. For a list of Turkish Airlines offices please click HERE.

Looking forward to seeing you in Istanbul!


BENIN BIENNALE 2012 Inventer le monde: l’artiste citoyen / Inventing the World: The Artist as Citizen (8 November, 2012 – 13 January, 2013)
Artistic Director: Abdellah Karroum. Associate Curator for Special Projects: Didier Houénoudé. Supported by a broad group of professionals in the Curatorial Delegation.
CIMAM members receive free admission during the Biennale preview days on November 8 - 11, 2012 and during the Biennale. Upon arrival to the Biennale, CIMAM members will be provided with informational materials on the artistic scene in Benin. You will be required to show your CIMAM membership card upon entrance. For further information on Benin Biennale program please visit the Biennale Benin 2012 website.

CIMAM thanks the biennales and institutions that have agreed to offer free admission to card carrying CIMAM members.
Find the updated list of Biennials and institutions allowing free entry to CIMAM members HERE.


On Saturday, September 22, Her Majesty the Queen opened the new Stedelijk. Beginning Sunday, September 23, the museum  is open to the public again. With a brand new wing, the Stedelijk now has more space than ever to show its famous collection and its renowned and influential exhibitions. In the opening week, the museum is also open on Monday September 24!

A complete renovation of the Stedelijk’s historic building, designed by A.W. Weissman and dating back to 1895, has converted virtually all of its program spaces into galleries, enabling the first comprehensive display the Stedelijk has ever mounted of its permanent collection, widely acknowledged to be among the world’s most important collections of modern and contemporary art and design. The dynamic new building—designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel Architects and measuring 10,000 square meters (98,400 square feet)—will provide new space for the Stedelijk’s renowned and influential temporary exhibitions, as well as a host of new amenities. The innovative design also re-orients the entire museum to face onto Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Plaza), activating a vital public space that is shared by the Stedelijk and its neighbors: the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Concertgebouw.

“With this long-awaited opening, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will reaffirm and strengthen its place among leading international art institutions, showcase Amsterdam as a center of artistic experimentation and bring new life to the Museumplein, re-establishing it as a cultural destination,” Ann Goldstein stated. “And with the completion of Mels Crouwel’s bold yet brilliantly functional building, we are effectively adding a major new work to our exceptional collection of Dutch modern design.”

The museum also announced details of the permanent collection installation and of two inaugural temporary exhibitions. Beyond Imagination will feature new projects and commissioned works by an invited group of 20 artists, both Dutch and foreign-born, now active in the Netherlands. It will be installed in the new second-floor galleries and spill out into the auditorium and public spaces in the new building. The first temporary exhibition in the new building’s 1,100-square-meter (10,800-square-foot) gallery will take full advantage of this unique space by presenting large-scale contemporary works and installations from the collection by Carl Andre, Rodney Graham, Joan Jonas, John Knight, Barbara Kruger, Melvin Moti and Diana Thater, among others. This vast, column-free, open-plan gallery brings exciting new possibilities for monumentally scaled works to be presented indoors in Amsterdam.

The Stedelijk will proceed with its plans for the eagerly anticipated retrospective 'Mike Kelley'. The exhibition will open at the Stedelijk on December 15, 2012, and then travel to other major museums in Europe and America.


Casa Daros is a platform for the arts and culture as well as a hub between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Latin America and the rest of the world. Diverse protagonists from Latin America are meeting up in Latin America and starting a long-term, open dialogue as well as a lively exchange of ideas, knowledge and information.


Annually Casa Daros puts on two major exhibitions of works from the Daros Latinamerica Collection as well as several smaller shows. In addition, Casa Daros runs a host of activities such as artist talks, workshops and conferences. Beyond all political and social constraints, Casa Daros aims to lay out a consistent and permanent gravitational field, in which fascinating, fruitful and lasting discourses about art take place on a wide range of levels. We attach great importance to education: together with the artists and our public, we want to learn to understand—in an encounter with the artworks themselves—the meaning and significance of artistic creation.

The inaugural exhibition Cantos Cuentos Colombianos shows a broad and representative selection of works by ten artists from Colombia: Fernando Arias, María Fernanda Cardoso, Juan Manuel Echavarría, Oswaldo Macià, Oscar Muñoz, Nadín Ospina, José Alejandro Restrepo, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Doris Salcedo and Rosemberg Sandoval.


Casa Daros is housed in a neoclassical building in Rio de Janeiro’s Botafogo district, which was built in 1866 as an orphanage. Careful and comprehensive restoration and reconstruction work has been done over the last years to put the building to the use it now serves.
Besides the exhibition rooms, the building provides space for a library, an auditorium for 100 people, a restaurant, a cafe and a shop.


Casa Daros in Rio de Janeiro is an institution of Zurich-based Daros Latinamerica, one of the most comprehensive collections of contemporary art from Latin America. Founded in 2000, the collection presently comprises more than 1100 works by 116 artists.

Casa Daros
Rua General Severiano, 159 
Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22290 040 

T/F: +55 21 2275 0246

Daros Latinamerica AG Limmatstrasse 275, 8005 Zürich

T: +41 44 225 65 65


The Museum of Modern Art announces that it will open to the public seven days per week beginning May 1st 2013. Over the last two years, the Museum experimented with opening on Tuesdays—a day on which the Museum is usually closed—during summer months and holiday periods in the winter and spring. Based on the success of those initiatives, the Museum determined that its public hours should expand to seven days per week on a year-round basis.

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The Darat al Funun Dissertation Fellowship: Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World
Deadline: November 15, 2012

Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation is pleased to announce the 2013-14 dissertation fellowship.  The fellowship was established in 2011 to encourage research on modern and contemporary art of the Arab world.  The fellowship provides financial support of up to ten thousand dollars to Ph.D. candidates in the hummanities and social sciences.

One to three fellowships will be granted.  The fellowship duration can range from 4-12 months of residency at Durat al Funun in Amman, Jordan.  Fellows are expected to pursue their own research, give at least one public lecture, and participate in Darat al Funun's cultural and artistic activities.  Upon completeion of the fellowship, fellows are required to submit a five to seven page research report that will be available on Darat al Funun's website.  Fellowship fundng is intended to compensate tavel and stipened expenses.  Darat al Funun will provide housing and office space.
To learn more and apply, click HERE.

Application deadline: October 16, 2012, 10am
Interview date: October 24, 2012

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's finest museums, seeks a specialist in international Contemporary Art. The Associate Curator/Curator (title commensurate with experience) will participate in research, development and active management of the Collection; initiation of collection displays, major special exhibitions, publications and interpretation; and participation in all activities of the Department.

Primary responsibilities and duties:
    • Participation in review of Collection;
    • Participation in devising departmental collection and research strategies, and delivering them;
    • Initiation and organization of collection displays and special exhibitions including research, catalog entries, other texts and database maintenance;
    • Fostering and maintaining good working relationships with donors, patrons, collectors, colleagues from other international institutions, the scholarly community, dealers, and other individuals involved with the interests of the Museum;
    • Author and essayist for general and specialized publications and other content, printed and online;
    • Answering correspondence relating to Collection; assisting the public and visiting scholars;
    • Contribution to public programs (Learning, Volunteers);
    • Interaction with potential sponsors; fundraising as appropriate;
    • Involvement in planning programs for Modern and Contemporary patrons' groups and Visiting Committee.


Experience and skills:
    • Minimum six years experience in a museum or academic institution;
    • Demonstrated engagement with artistic practice across the world;
    • Demonstrated scholarly achievement including evidence of original research;
    • Demonstrated commitment to broad international engagement and learning;
    • Conceived and executed major contemporary loan exhibitions with broad international scope;
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with artists, museum colleagues, donors and general public;
    • Ability to undertake creation and maintain care of precise and widely researched records.

Knowledge and education:
    • PhD (or equivalent) in history of art;
    • Deep expertise in twentieth and twenty-first century art;
    • Extensive background in international modern and contemporary culture;
    • Good written and spoken English;
    • Working knowledge of at least one other European OR non-European language.

The Associate Curator/Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art is full-time and includes full benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Send cover letter, indicating position of interest, resume, and salary history to: as a Word attachment only with "Assoc Curator/ Curator Modern and Contemporary Art" in the subject line.

Or mail to:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

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