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The International Conference CIMAM 2021 in Łódź

On November 5–7, 2021, Poland hosted the annual CIMAM International Conference. It is the largest and most important meeting of professionals representing museum institutions of contemporary and modern art.



Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and the NOMUS New Art Museum/ Branch of the National Museum in Gdańsk


November 5 – 7, 2021

This year’s event was devoted to the topic “Under Pressure. Museums in Times of Xenophobia and Climate Emergency.” The hosts of the conference were: Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and NOMUS New Art Museum (a branch of the National Museum in Gdańsk). The most outstanding representatives of the global museology, research, and art community gave speeches during the three days of the event:

Alex Baczynki-Jenkins, Artist and Choreographer, Berlin, Germany/Warsaw, Poland

Bart de Baere, CIMAM Board Member and Director of M HKA — Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium

Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

Binna Choi, Director, Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, Amsterdam, Netherlands

T. J. Demos, Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in Art History and Visual Culture, and Director of the Center for Creative Ecologies, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, USA

Jacek Friedrich, Director, National Museum in Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland

Alberto Garlandini, President of ICOM

Mami Kataoka, President of CIMAM

Jacek Kołtan, Director’s Representative for Research, European Solidarity Centre, Gdańsk, Poland

dr. Jarosław Lubiak, Art College, Szczecin, Poland

Małgorzata Ludwisiak, CIMAM Board Member and Chief Curator of the Department of Modern Art at the National Museum in Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland

Otobong Nkanga, Visual Artist, Antwerp, Belgium

Oleksiy Radynski, Filmmaker and Writer, Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv, Ukraine

Joanna Sokołowska, Independent Curator, Poland

Jarosław Suchan, Director, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź

Maristella Svampa, Sociologist and Writer, Bariloche, Argentina

Pelin Tan, Senior Researcher, Center for Arts, Design and Social Research, Boston, and Prof. Faculty of Fine Arts, Batman University, Turkey

Hilke Wagner, Direktor Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany


During their visit to Łódź, conference participants had the opportunity to see the exhibitions that we are currently presenting in the spaces of ms1 and ms2. On the third day, the conference participants traveled to Gdańsk, where the last day of this year’s program was organized; the third day of the conference was hosted by NOMUS – New Art Museum, a branch of the National Museum in Gdańsk.

CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference is supported by the Lodzkie Region:






Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and the NOMUS New Art Museum/ Branch of the National Museum in Gdańsk


November 5 – 7, 2021


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