Registration is now open!CIMAM 2014 Annual Conference
9–11 November 2014
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
©Richard Bryant. Courtesy of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.
Program previewMuseums in Progress:
Public interest, private resources?

Modern and contemporary art museums have been built as institutional tools that share knowledge and education with society. They have become essential parts of both local and national socioeconomic frameworks. Addressing the recent past and present, these museums play a central role in constructing the myths of our times and the writing of local histories while becoming platforms of transcultural international exchanges with worldwide impact. 

The global scale of technological, economic, social, and political transformations profoundly affect the mission and operation of these museums. CIMAM's 2014 Annual Conference raises discussions and focused studies about the effects of these changes in the institutional environment and seeks to develop an argument for museums to adapt their original missions in line with these new institutional ethics, challenges, and realities.

Confirmed speakers include: Graham W.J. Beal, Director, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; Bernard Blistène, Director, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris; Kate Fowle, Chief Curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow and Director-at-large at Independent Curators International (ICI), New York; Salah Hassan, Director, Institute for Comparative Modernities, Ithaca, NY; Abdellah Karroum, Director, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Maria Lind, Curator and Writer, currently the Director of Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Eugenio López, Founder, Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Hito Steyerl, Artist, Filmmaker, Essayist, Berlin; Christine Tohme, Director, Ashkal Alwan – The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Beirut; Olav Velthuis, Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam; Marie-Cécile Zinsou, President, Zinsou Foundation, Cotonou.

Visits in Doha include: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Islamic Art, Al Riwaq exhibition hall, QMA Katara Gallery, Construction visits of the National Museum building by Jean Nouvel and visits to private collections.

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CIMAM 2014 Annual Conference is organized by CIMAM, hosted and co-organized by Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. Mathaf is a Qatar Museums organization led by Chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani and supported by Qatar Foundation, led by Chairperson H.H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. Mathaf is founded by the Vice Chairperson of Qatar Museums, H.E Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani.

Post-conference tour
Sharjah, Dubai & Abu Dhabi
12–14 November 2014

Sharjah Art Foundation © Photo Haupt & Binder

A tour for a maximum of 50 people has been organized for conference delegates wishing to extend their visit in the region. Visits will include the Sharjah Art Foundation and the Heritage area in Sharjah, a selection of galleries in Dubai, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and Manarat Al Saadiyat museum projects in Abu Dhabi.

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 post-conference tour to Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi is hosted by Sharjah Art Foundation, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.

Post conference tour program

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Qatar Airways is pleased to offer 15% Market Fare or 25% Published Fare discount to all delegates as the Official Carrier of CIMAM 2014 Annual Conference. To avail the discount, unique log in details to a dedicated closed user group webpage will be shared with you after registration and confirmation of your attendance to the conference.

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