Art. Talking Business.

Forum 2017

The Idea

A €56 billion turnover worldwide, more than 36 million transactions – these 2016 figures illustrate the global importance of the art market today. Nevertheless, this sector has hitherto lacked a forum, at which specialists, collectors and all other market players can exchange views and debate visions and new developments in the market.

From autumn 2017, this forum will exist: Art. Talking Business.

At Pariser Platz – in the heart of the art metropolis of Berlin – art professionals from all over the world will gather to discuss topical issues and innovative ideas concerning the market. The forum will create a platform for entrepreneurs and market actors with a creative and innovative mindset to explore opportunities and dive into cutting-edge research on latest developments. Art. Talking Business. aims to reach beyond the question ‘What makes the art industry move today?’, to shape the way it will move tomorrow.

The focal point of Art. Talking Business. will be a high-profile conference, supplemented by network meetings, keynote lectures, discussion panels and personal exchange opportunities. Engaging with some of the brightest minds in the industry will provide stimuli for further thinking. Participants are invited to actively contribute, and even steer, discussions to raise and develop latent capabilities of global and domestic art markets. After all, Art. Talking Business. is not simply about absorbing information but to talk ideas through with fellow experts, i.e. ‘talking business’.

Art. Talking Business. will highlight future models of production, presentation and international trade, while addressing associated legal, tax and insurance issues. The spectrum of diverse specialist subjects offered will create a worldwide unique cluster of competence and audience groups.

Year on year a fixed date in the calendar of art professionals

This Forum creates a stage for exchange – networking opportunities will be virtually unlimited.

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Art. Talking Business. welcomes innovative thinkers, decision makers and inspiring actors from the art market and related industries. This includes, but is not limited to:

Academics – Art critics – Art dealers – Art Fairs and Biennials organiser – Art industry (e.g. frame builders) – Artists and their management – Asset manager – Associations – Auction houses members – Curators – Entrepreneurs – Family Office Manager – Financial service providers – Foundation staff – Gallery owner and employees – Insurers – Legal Consultants – Logistic specialists – Luxury brand employees – Politician – Private and public museum employees – Publisher – Public and private collectors – Real Estate developer – Start up and New Economy members – etc.


We believe that the key to a truly international Forum are its speakers.

ATB`s international speakers stand at the forefront of their chosen fields of expertise. Furthermore, the Forum’s innovative and flexible approach to presentation ensures that speakers will challenge each other and the participating audience, thereby pushing ideas ahead.

Details to be announced soon.


A preliminary schedule of the two-day Forum between 14th and 15th of September 2017 will be coming soon.

A cultural framework programme will include studio and exclusive exhibition visits as well as an art-market dinner.

The conference language will be English plus the main language of the country being focused on.


At Pariser Platz – in the heart of the art metropolis of Berlin – directly at the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

With the Foundation Brandenburger Tor (Stiftung Brandenburger Tor) as the responsible body and the neighbours at Pariser Platz as venues and partners, Art. Talking Business. will be set at a premium location in the cultural life of the city. Pariser Platz, together with its cultural and political institutions like the Academy of the Arts and the embassies of the United States of America, France and Britain, is the location in Berlin for international exchange.