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.
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. Since August 2018 he is Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of artnet AG. From 2006 on he was Member of the Board and from 2014 till end of May 2018 Managing Chairman of the Board at Stiftung Brandenburger Tor.
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.
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). From April 2017 till October 2019 he worked 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 and since July 2017 Managing Director of the CAMPUS Pariser Platz Veranstaltungs GmbH. Since October 2019 he is Managing Director of the Stiftung Kunstforum der Berliner Volksbank gGmbH. 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.