CIMAM 2022 Annual Conference

“The Attentive Museum. Permeable Practices for a Common Ground”
11 – 13 November 2022

Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma hosts and co-organises the CIMAM 2022 Annual Conference entitled “The Attentive Museum. Permeable Practices for a Common Ground” will be held from 11 to 13 November 2022.

On the occasion of CIMAM’s 60th anniversary (1962–2022), this year’s Annual Conference will explore how museums can actively embrace, partner, and listen. It will also claim the urgency for museums to adapt and become spaces of shared encounter and hospitality, allowing themselves to be a permeable and vulnerable community capable of embodying multiple bodies; institutional, political, social, human, or non-human.

The Attentive Museum is an opportunity to take an expansive view of the work that can and should be done to ensure museums of relevance and impact. Can we develop institutional practices that make sense for all of contemporary society, even in these times of conflict and war? How can we put into practice the skill of active listening within our museum community and reach beyond?

The three-day programme includes 3 keynote speakers, 10 perspective presentations, 3 panel discussions, a networking session, workshops and organised visits to art institutions.



Day 1: Changing from the Inside: How should we Govern Ourselves?

Day one of the conference considers the strategies we need to reinvent our institutions. How can we change our systems of governance whilst protecting our curatorial integrity?

The speakers on this day will consider the different ways museums operate. How should channels of communication across the museum be managed? How can we ensure that all our collaborators are treated with affection, care, and respect? Day one will consider the role of governing authorities and political agencies in actively contributing to new futures for the institutions they govern, creating new futures for museums.

We will start with an examination of the 60-year history of CIMAM, as an example of an institution that has continually needed to rethink and reinvent itself.

Day 2: Unlocking History and New Narratives

Day two of the conference will reflect on the frequently euro-centric position that has framed collections and the construction of histories within museums.

Does the museum now hold the potential of creating the space to address these inaccuracies and inequalities? How can we develop new practices that critique our own histories and position our institutions as agents of change?

In considering these questions, the speakers will present the need to conceive exhibitions with new, as yet unheard, voices as a critical part of the process and will propose new proactive and reflective pedagogies through which these tensions can be addressed.

Day 3: Learning from the Community: Collective Actions in the Face of Emergency

If we look beyond the museum, we can experience different kinds of institutions as places of meeting, listening, and dialogue, where collective actions can create other ways of doing. This model of collaboration pushes us beyond simply welcoming new voices into the museum and moves to a position of co-creation. Day three of the conference asks if this view from the threshold of our museums is where we can learn how to work meaningfully with communities that challenge and change us.

The speakers on day three will present different models for collective actions from beyond the world of museums. Day three is presented as a day of listening and learning from those that have found ways of creating change in moments of social emergency.

Their experiences can help us imagine how museums can work proactively with artists, activists, and collectives, to respond effectively to the critical needs of our time; how we can build the structures that will enable meaningful exchange with future communities as they evolve and develop.



  • Bart de Baere, General and Artistic Director, M HKA Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerp, Belgium
  • Suhanya Raffel, Museum Director, M+, Hong Kong, China
  • Meskerem Assegued Bantiwalu, Curator and General Director, Zoma Museum PLC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Iris Dressler, Codirector, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Denise Ferreira da Silva, Dr., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Clémentine Deliss, Associate Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
  • Sandra Gamarra Heshiki, Visual Artist, Independent, Lima, Peru/Madrid, Spain
  • Sethembile Msezane,Visual Artist, Msezane Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Emily Jacir, Founder/Director, Dar Jacir for Art and Research, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories
  • Lada Nakonechna, Artist, Method Fund, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Philip Rizk, film-maker/artist, Mosireen video collective, Cairo, Egypt
  • Kike España, Architect, Urban researcher, La Casa Invisible, Malaga, Spain
  • Meenakshi Gopinath, Founder-Director, Women in Security Conflict, Management and Peace (WISCOMP), New Delhi, India
  • Nuria Enguita, Director, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain

The contents of the CIMAM 2022 Annual Conference and the guest speakers have been designed by:

  • Manuel Borja-Villel, CIMAM Honorary Member, Director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
  • Saskia Bos, CIMAM Board Member, Independent Curator, and Critic, Amsterdam
  • Sarah Glennie, CIMAM Board Member, Director, National College of Art and Design, Dublin
  • Mami Kataoka, CIMAM President, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
  • Malgorzata Ludwisiak, CIMAM Board Member, Chief Curator, Department of Modern Art National Museum in Gdansk
  • Agustín Pérez Rubio, (Chair of Contents Committee), CIMAM Board Member, Independent Curator, Madrid
  • Imma Prieto, Director, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma, Palma, Mallorca
  • Berta Sureda, Independent Culture Researcher and Manager, Palma, Mallorca

This main event will be followed by a subsequent tour of the region, to allow a comprehensive overview of the professional context and the diversity of local institutions.



CIMAM – International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art – is an affiliated organisation of ICOM (International Council of Museums – a network of over 35,000 museum members and professionals created in 1946 representing the world museum community).

CIMAM is the only global network of modern and contemporary art museum experts in the field. CIMAM members are directors and curators working in modern and contemporary art museums, collections, and archives.

Founded in 1962, CIMAM’s vision is a world where the contribution of museums, collections, and archives of modern and contemporary art to the cultural, social, and economic well-being of society is recognized and respected.

CIMAM’s aim is to foster a global network of museums and museum professionals in the field of modern and contemporary art in order to raise awareness and respond to the evolving needs of modern and contemporary museums, and to take a leadership role on issues of concern.

By generating debate and encouraging cooperation between art institutions and individuals at different stages of development around the world, CIMAM plays a key role in the growth of the sector.

More information on CIMAM website.

Co-presented by
Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma

Co-organised by
Govern de les Illes Balears
Consell de Mallorca
Ajuntament de Palma
Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte

In-kind support by
Institut Ramón Llull
CaixaForum Palma
Fundación ARCO
Consell Insular d’Eivissa (Departament de Cultura, Educació i Patrimoni)
MACE-Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa
Hauser & Wirth Menorca
Art Palma
ADACE (Association of Directors of Contemporary Art in Spain)
Mercedes Vilardell
Cacao Sampaka

Supported by
The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles
Byucksan Cultural Foundation, Seoul
OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo
Mercedes Vilardell, London/Mallorca
SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, Istanbul
Beijing Public Art and Culture Foundation, Beijing
Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Madrid

Fundació Miró Mallorca
Museu Fundación Juan March
CaixaForum Palma
MACE-Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa (Eivissa-Ibiza)
Museu Casa Broner (Eivissa-Ibiza)
Catedral- Basílica de Santa Maria de Mallorca
ALTTRA: Teresa Margolles
Casa Planas
Casal Solleric
Fran Reus Gallery
Hauser & Wirth (Menorca)
Horrach Moya Gallery
Kewenig Gallery
Pelaires Gallery
Xavier Fiol Gallery
Pep Llabrés Art Contemporani
Studio artist Alicia Framis (Menorca)
Studio artist Ana Laura Aláez
Studio artist Bernardí Roig
Studio artist Gary Hill
Studio artist Santiago Sierra (Menorca)
Studio artist Susy Gomez


11th November 2022 → 13th November 2022

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