How Global Can Museums be?CIMAM 2015 Annual Conference
Tokyo 7–9 November 2015

Tokyo, Japan

Around 200 delegates are expected to attend the CIMAM 2015 Annual Conference in Tokyo. Two keynotes and twelve perspective presentations will form the bases of a larger debate that will take place among the conference delegates. The active implication of attendees will be requested through the daily panels and Q&A sessions.

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How Global can Museums be? 

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 and 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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Confirmed speakers include: Brook Andrew, Artist and Lecturer, MADA (Monash Art, Design and Architecture), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; Mariana Botey, Associate Professor Modern / Contemporary Latin American Art History, Visual Arts Department, University California San Diego (UCSD), San Diego, United States / Mexico; Anna Cutler, Director of Learning, Tate, London, United Kingdom; Patricia Falguières, Professor, School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Chair of Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), Paris, France; Shigemi Inaga, Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto, Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Hayama, Japan; Bose Krishnamachari, President and Co-Founder, Kochi Biennale Foundation, Cochin, Kerala, India; Mika Kuraya, Chief Curator of the Department of Fine Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Hammad Nasar, Head of Research and Programs, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, China; Jack Persekian, Director and Head Curator, The Palestinian Museum, Palestine; Georg Schöllhammer, Independent Curator, Vienna, Austria and Hedwig Saxenhuber, Curator and Editor of Springerin Magazine, Vienna, Austria; Slavs and Tatars, Artists, Eurasia; Eugene Tan, Director, Singapore National Gallery, Singapore; Anton Vidokle, Artist and Founder of e-flux, New York, USA / Berlin, Germany; Wong Hoy Cheong, Artist, George Town, Malaysia.

Visits in Tokyo include: the National Art Center, the Mori Art Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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The CIMAM 2015 Annual Conference is organized by CIMAM and co-organized by the Executive Committee of CIMAM 2015 Annual Conference Tokyo, the Agency for Cultural Affairs (ACA) under the Ministry of Culture Japan, in collaboration with ICOM Japan, Japanese Association of Museums, the Japanese Council of Art Museums and the Japan Association of Art Museums.

Post-conference tour
Benesse Art Site Naoshima and Hiroshima
10–11 November 2015
Chichu Art Museum. Photo: Fujitsuka Mitsumasa

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

CIMAM's post-conference tour has reached its full capacity and a waiting list has been opened for new registrants.
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