Suhanya Raffel Gets Appointed CIMAM President from 2023–25

Saturday, November 26, 2022
Suhanya Raffel Gets Appointed CIMAM President from 2023–2025

Suhanya Raffel, Director of M+ Hong Kong, has been appointed CIMAM President for the 2023-25 period by the outgoing and newly elected Board members.

"At the conclusion of this year's CIMAM Annual Conference titled 'The Attentive Museum,' the CIMAM membership has voted in a Board with an international reach that reminds us of our growing community of institutions worldwide. To serve as the next President of CIMAM is an honor, and I am excited to work together with my fellow board members to contribute to our modern and contemporary art museum community as we face a complex and challenging world.
The past three years have seen much tumult and division, with the global Covid-19 pandemic adding a further degree of separation within our societies. In this context, the roles our museums play in bringing people together, with the work of artists providing necessary insight, vision, and perspective has become ever more urgent.
Over the next three years, the CIMAM Board will continue to focus on our values, bringing our members together through online forums by continuing our Rapid Response Webinars while deepening our engagement in building institutions that implement sustainability processes as we grapple with the climate crisis. The key Museum Watch program, a cornerstone of CIMAM, has built a vital advocacy role, supporting our colleagues while promoting strong and sustainable governance.
The ongoing everyday work of CIMAM would not be possible without the contributions of our champions, including our Founding Patrons, Patrons, and Supporters, who provide us with the means to continue the vital CIMAM work. I sincerely thank them.
On behalf of the Board, I look forward to working with you to further strengthen and bring together our diverse communities through CIMAM".
The outgoing and incoming Presidents, Mami Kataoka and Suhanya Raffel, sincerely appreciated the efforts and the important work of the outgoing Board.
Agustin Pérez Rubio, Chair of CIMAM's Annual Conference Content Committee
Over 220 modern and contemporary art curators and museum professionals from 49 countries attended this year's CIMAM Annual Conference's 15 speaker presentations that proposed museums to be open spaces for dialogue with their communities and be attentive to their needs. The first day reflected on how museums should unlearn and modify their governance mechanisms to be more permeable to society. The second day addressed the need to eradicate the values of the colonial and cisheteropatriarchal Eurocentric museum. And the third day stressed the need to become aware and act in extreme emergencies, such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
CIMAM Board 2023–25
The new CIMAM Board, designated by the current CIMAM community of over 700 professional members from 80 countries, was announced at the CIMAM 2022 General Assembly. The newly elected Board members will contribute their experience and knowledge to developing the different CIMAM working groups during the next three years. Their names are:
Zeina Arida, Director, Mathaf (Arab Museum of Modern Art), Doha, Qatar. Bart De Baere, Director, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium. Suzanne Cotter, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia. Joselina Cruz, Director/Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) Manila, Philippines. Amanda de la Garza, Director, MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico. Leevi Haapala, Director, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art / National Gallery of Finland, Helsinki, Finland. Clara Kim, Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA. Malgorzata Ludwisiak, Chief Curator, Department of Modern Art, National Museum of Gdansk, Poland. Chus Martinez, Director, Art Gender Nature Institute, Basel, Switzerland. Victoria Noorthoorn, Director, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Agustín Pérez Rubio, Former director of MUSAC, MALBA, curator of the 11th Berlin Biennale, independent curator, Madrid, Spain. Suhanya Raffel, Director, M+ Museum, Hong Kong. Kamini Sawhney, Director, Museum of Art and Photography, Bangalore, India. Kitty Scott, Deputy Director Chief Curator, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada. Yu Jin SENG, Deputy Director (Curatorial and Research), National Gallery Singapore, Singapore.
The Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires will host CIMAM's 2023 Annual Conference
Its director and CIMAM Board Member Victoria Noorthoorn, thanked the CIMAM Board and the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, as well as the Asociación de Amigos del Moderno and local foundations and major patrons, for their support in this candidacy.


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