Registration is now open! CIMAM 2015 Annual Conference
Tokyo 7–9 November 2015
How Global can Museums be?
Tokyo, Japan

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CIMAM 2015 Annual Conference

How Global can Museums be?Program Preview

Within this question lie very relevant issues and challenges for museums of modern and contemporary art as institutions dedicated to public service: locality, nationality, internationality, exhaustive universalism, decolonization, global democracy, economic dependence, among others. The question does not only refer to the ambition of encompassing the entire world with all its differences; it interrogates if and how one single institutional model can be valid for the world’s diversity of contexts.

Is the Museum as we know it the most appropriate institution to transmit the concept of freedom of expression? Is the museum the entity most capable of rewriting and modifying Art History? What alternative models have been tested to be effective and useful agencies in different communities? Is there a fixed protocol for the museum world that can be true and applied in global terms?

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CIMAM returns to Japan after 21 years to celebrate its Annual Conference titled How Global can Museums be? in Tokyo from 7 to 9 November 2015.

Visits include:
The Mori Art Museum
The National Art Center, Tokyo
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

The CIMAM 2015 Annual Conference is organized by CIMAM with the support of the Executive Committee of CIMAM 2015 Annual Conference Tokyo, the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan, in collaboration with ICOM Japan, the Japanese Association of Museums and the Japanese Council of Art Museums.

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Post-conference tour
Benesse Art Site Naoshima and Hiroshima
10–11 November 2015
Teshima Art Museum. Photo: Ken'ichi Suzuki

A tour for a maximum of 48 people has been organized for conference delegates wishing to extend their visit in the region. Visits include Teshima Yokoo House and Teshima Art Museum at Teshima Island, the Art House Project and Chichu Art Museum at Naoshima Island and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima.

The post-conference tour has an additional registration price. If you wish to register please select the corresponding option in the general conference registration form or contact us at

The accomodation and meals at Benesse House, as well as the museum visits on Teshima and Naoshima are generously offered by Benesse Art Site Naoshima.

Post-conference tour program

Open call for applicationsCIMAM 2015 Travel Grant Program

Thanks to the generous support of the Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, the Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation CIMAM offers 24 grants to support the attendance of modern and contemporary art curators and museum or collection directors to CIMAM’s 2015 Annual Conference, How Global can Museums be? that will be held in Tokyo, 7–9 November 2015.

Deadline to submit applications – Wednesday 15 July 2015 24:00 CET
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