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National Gallery Singapore annual conference to feature Indonesian speaker

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, November 3, 2017  /  11:05 am
National Gallery Singapore annual conference to feature Indonesian speaker

The conference will be held for the first time in Southeast Asia from Nov. 10 to 12. (

The National Gallery Singapore is set to host the 2017 International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM) Annual Conference for three days from Nov. 10 to 12.

This is the first time the conference will be held in Southeast Asia.

Themed "The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society," the conference will present speakers who will discuss three sub-themes, namely "Art and the City: From Local to Transnational?", which will talk about what people can do to activate the public’s consciousness; "Re-Learning Southeast Asia," which will focus on the cultural and artistic contexts of Southeast Asia; and "What do Museums Collect, and How?", which will focus on the role of the museum and responsibilities in collecting art.

Indonesian artist, curator and director of contemporary art organization ruangrupa, Ade Darmawan, will feature as a speaker in the "Re-Learning Southeast Asia" session on Nov. 11.

The conference will also feature speakers Uta Meta Bauer from Singapore, Gridthiya Gaweewong from Thailand and Adriano Pedrosa from Brazil.

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A series of tours open to participants is scheduled to be held before and after the conference, namely the Pre-Conference Tour to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam from Nov. 8 to 9 and the Post-Conference Tour to Jakarta and Yogyakarta in Indonesia from Nov. 13 to 15.

“The theme of this year’s conference is particularly timely in this global climate of upheavals and uncertainty,” said National Gallery Singapore director and 2017 CIMAM conference director Eugene Tan in a press release. “If building a more inclusive society that embraces diversity and change requires dialogue and understanding, how museums and art can bridge gaps and bring people and perspectives together must be acknowledged and understood.”

“CIMAM is the global forum where issues pertinent to institutions of art are explored and debated, with far-reaching effects. I look forward to the ideas and discussions we shall be having in Singapore."

Founded in 1962, CIMAM is an affiliated committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), a network of over 35,000 members and museum professionals who represent the global museum community. The CIMAM conference itself brings together directors and curators of modern and contemporary art museums as well as independent professionals. (kes)