Art. Talking Business.

Forum

Initiators

The Initiators and Co-Founders of Art. Talking Business. are Dr. Pascal Decker and Sebastian Pflum. Both of them have been intimately familiar with the art market for many years.

Pascal Decker
is Managing Chairman of the Board of Directors at Stiftung Brandenburger Tor. He founded dtb rechtsanwälte, a boutique law firm designed for clients in the art sector, including corporations, foundations, non-for-profit organizations, galleries, collectors, artists and museums.

Pascal studied law in Berlin, Edinburgh and Boston, and completed his legal training in Berlin and Lyon. He holds a PhD from the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg. He is a lecturer at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.

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Sebastian Pflum
started his career in 2011 at the Berlin office of Phillips de Pury & Company. From there he took the chance to become Personal Consultant to the Permanent Secretary for Cultural Affairs of the Federal State of Berlin for almost three years – where he among other things initiated, organised and orchestrated major events like the Berlin Art Week or “be Berlin be Diverse”.

In 2014, he changed position and became (internal) Consultant to the General Manager of Stiftung Oper Berlin (Berlin Opera Foundation). Since April 2017 he works for the cultural Foundation Stiftung Brandenburger Tor as Head of the Foundation Office and Head of Cooperations and Events. Besides this he is independent Consultant for cultural projects. Sebastian studied law and art history (B.A.) in Tübingen and completed his Master of Arts in art history at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

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Advisory Board

Our carefully selected Advisory Board ensures the relevance and topicality of the subjects for the Forum and reviews the latest developments in the market.

Dr. Marta Gnyp

is a Dutch art historian based in Berlin active as international art advisor, gallery owner, art journalist and art collector specialized in post-war and contemporary art. She recently published the book “The Shift”. Art and the Rise to Power of Contemporary Collectors (2015) based on her PHD research on facts and myths of contemporary collecting. Gnyp assists private collectors worldwide in building high quality contemporary art collections. As insider and researcher of the art world she regularly contributes to theoretical investigations in this field.

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Shi Li-Sanderson

Elizabeth Markevitch

is an art professional and the founder of ikono, an international platform for visual arts broadcasting. She has since the ’80s served numerous important roles in the international art establishment (Artemis Art Fund, Schröder Bank, Sotheby’s). In 1998, she co-founded the first online gallery eyestorm.com. Markevitch believes that works of art help us perceive and continually question the world around us. They enable us to shift focus and possibly change our behavior, opening our eyes, slowing us down, and talking to our emotions. ikonoTV realizes her vision through carefully curated on-air exhibitions and global broadcasting.

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Nicole Stava

born in 1981, she has Swiss and Czech nationality. Her B.A. she made in Political and Social science at the Anglo American University, Prague and Webster University, Geneva. The M.A. she made in Cultural and Creative Industries at the King’s College London. From 2003 – 2009 she works as an Consultant for Middle and Eastern Europe at Christie’s, Manson and Woods ltd. From 2009 till now, she is an independent consultant for Christie’s, Manson and Woods ltd. Also from 2009 till now she works for her own, Nicole Stava Art Consultancy an independent consultant on the international art market. From 2003 on she is also maintaining the family collection of Old Master Pieces, Modern and Contemporary Art and furniture collection in Czech Republic and Switzerland. With her family she also runs a hotel, golf course, forestry, Hunting Chateau and a Renaissance Chateau at the picturesque town of Bechyně, Czech.

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Prof. Michael Müller

born 1970 in Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Since 2015 he is Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. He started his education at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Sculpture and Art with Magdalena Jetelova, Düsseldorf, Germany. He has various national and international group and solo exhibitions.

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Li Zhenhua

is a writer, curator, producer and artist living in Beijing /Shanghai and Zurich. He is the founders of Laboratory Art Beijing and the Mustard Seed garden, in 2010 he is working for the Shanghai eARTS Festival as chief planner. He has joint widely about new media art symposiums, talks, presentations in leading galleries and museum spaces around the world, such as talk in ZKM Karlsruhe (2003), Walker Art Centre Minneapolis (curated the WAVE proejct), Guangzhou Museum (as artist of the Guangzhou Triennale 2005), Synthetic Times: Media Art China 2008 (work as producer), Nanjing Triennial 2008 (work as curator). He is an advisor for Leonardo Journal and was part of the Jury of the Transmediale Award 2010.

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ATB Ambassadors

Our international Ambassadors secure a unique contact network with prime access to their local art markets.

More details coming soon.