Art. Talking Business.


The Idea

A €67,8 billion turnover worldwide, more than 37,3 million transactions – these 2022 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.

Since 2017, this forum 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 creates 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. is a high-profile conference, supplemented by network meetings, tours, keynote lectures, discussion panels and myriad 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.

By invitation only, but you can apply. Please send an e-mail to:


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

Art. Talking Business. 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.

Speakers for the next forum will be announced soon.


A preliminary schedule of the next Art. Talking Business. Forum will be announced soon.

The conference language will be English and the event is by Invitation only.


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

With 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.

Previous Events

Art. Talking Business. Networking Lunch.

13. September 2019 | 09:30 – 17:30
“From Museums to Artist”

during Berlin Art Week

ART. TALKING BUSINESS. 2019 Friday 13th September, welcome by Kai Uwe Peter & discussion with Daniele Maruca, Juliette Singer, Dr. Julien Chapuis moderated by Susan Moore
Panel discussion: "How do museums cope with new challenges?"

ART. TALKING BUSINESS. 2019 Friday 13th September, discussion with Dr. Loretta Würtenberger, Dr. Friederike Hauffe, Leiko Ikemura moderated by Susan Moore
Panel discussion: "Artists Estates: Who Cares?"

ART. TALKING BUSINESS. was delighted to invite you to our forum on Friday, 13th of September 2019, from 9:30am to latest 5:30pm at the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor in the Max Liebermann Haus.

The half-day art business seminar and lunch welcomed the expertise and experience of various professionals of the art market to discuss the trends currently promoting change in the middle of Berlin Art Week 2019.


09:30 Admission and accreditation at Max Liebermann Haus

10:00 Opening Remarks and Welcome by Kai Uwe Peter, Board Member Stiftung Brandenburger Tor

10:05 Panel Discussion 1: How Do Museums Cope With New Challenges? with
Daniele Maruca, Director The Feuerle Collection, Juliette Singer, Chief Curator Louvre Abu Dhabi, Dr. Julien Chapuis, Deputy Director of the Bode Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island. Moderated by: Susan Moore, art historian/art critic

11:30 Coffee Break

11:45 Panel Discussion 2: Artists’ Estates: Who Cares? with Dr. Loretta Würtenberger, Director Berlin Institute for Artists’ Estates, Dr. Friederike Hauffe, Board member of Bundesverband Künstlernachlässe, Leiko Ikemura, artist. Moderator: Susan Moore, art historian/art critic

01:15 Networking Lunch

02:30 Tour (with buses): Starting at Max Liebermann Haus with im Atelier Liebermann: Bjørn Melhus. HOT SET followed by either Academy of Arts: Magic Media – Media Magic (1), Julia Stoschek Collection: WangShui (2) or the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein: 1989–2019: Politik des Raums im Neuen Berlin / Candice Breitz: Labour (3), from where we will be going back to Max Liebermann Haus.

Latest 05:30 End of the event

About the speakers:

Friederike Hauffe holds a Ph.D. in art history and has been a lecturer in that field at Freie Universität Berlin for 20 years. She is head of various study programs at different universities since 2007, including “Management im Kunstmarkt” (Art Market Management) at Freie Universität Berlin, “Kuratieren“ (Curating) at Berlin University of the Arts, and together with Anna Kathrin Distelkamp “Kunst | Werk | Nachlass” (Art | Œuvre | Estate) at Berlin University of the Arts and in Switzerland “Werk- und Nachlass-Management” (Œuvre and Estate Management at Bern University of the Arts. Besides she advises artists, galleries, collectors and art estates on conceptual and management issues. She is also a member of the executive board of the Bundesverband Künstlernachlässe – BKN (Federal Association of Artists’ Estates).

Leiko Ikemura born in Tsu City, Mie, Japan. Lives in Cologne and Berlin.
1991-2015 Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. Since 2014 Professor at the Joshibi University of Art and Design, Kanagawa, Japan. Selected solo exhibitions: Nach Neuen Meeren, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2019; Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden, 2019; Our Planet – Earth and Stars, National Art Center, Tokyo, 2019; After another world, ShugoArts, 2017; …und plötzlich dreht der Wind, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, 2016; Poetics of Form, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (Nevada), 2016; All About Girls and Tigers, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Cologne, 2015; Pioon, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, 2014; i-migration, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, 2013; Korekara oder die Heiterkeit des fragilen Seins, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, 2012; Mare e Monti. Kolumba, Cologne, 2012; Silver Flame. ShugoArts, 2012; Transfiguration, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Mie, 2011.

Susan Moore is Associate Editor of Apollo. An art historian, art critic and saleroom columnist, she also writes regularly for the Financial Times and founded the not-for-profit Slow Art Workshop in 2017.

Juliette Singer is Chief Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Louvre Abu Dhabi. She has been involved in the project for several years starting in Agence France Muséums in preparation for the opening of the museum. Previously she was curator of the museums of Boulogne-Billancourt (2010-2013), then Director of Collections for Paris Musées (2013-2015), comprising 14 major museums in the city.

Loretta Würtenberger after studying law, philosophy and art history, Loretta Würtenberger earned her doctorate in international copyright and patent law at the Max Planck Institute, subsequently becoming a judge at the Berlin district court. Würtenberger is founder of The Institute for Artists’ Estates and author of the book The Artist’s Estate: a Handbook for Artists, Executors, and Heirs, published in June 2016 by Hatje Cantz Verlag. She has been working with artists estates, artist endowed foundation and artists on legacy planing issues for many years. She has been a partner at Fine Art Partners since 2009, is also the co-founder of the Contemporary Art Alliance, a non-profit organisation supporting young contemporary artists in Berlin and has lectured throughout Europe for various organizations and universities.

Julien Chapuis a specialist in late medieval art, Julien Chapuis has been Deputy Director of the Bode Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island since 2008. From 1997 until 2007 he was a curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. At the Bode Museum, he curated the exhibitions “The Lost Museum. The Berlin Painting and Sculpture Collections 70 Years after World War II “ (2015) and “Beyond Compare. Art from Africa in the Bode Museum” (2017). In recent years, a strong point of his professional activity has been strengthening museum education.

Daniele Maruca Director of The Feuerle Collection since 2015, he has been following the project strategically, since 2013. Earlier, he has worked, among others, in the management team of the Venice Biennale, Manifesta 7, the Berlin Biennale for contemporary Art, the Museion Bozen, South Tyrol, and the Sicily Museum of Modern Art, Palazzo Riso, Palermo, Italy, as well as as a studio manager for Berlin based artist Prof. Monica Bonvicini and as a VIP-consultant for Art Berlin Contemporary – abc, Berlin.

Kai Uwe Peter was born in 1971 and grew up in Germany‘s south-western region of Swabia. He was studying philosophy and modern history at Freiburg, Oxford, and Free University of Berlin where he took his master‘s degree. After he had been working with The Boston Consulting Group he joined Berlin Savings Bank — a 200 years old regional lender obliged by law to serve the common good — where he held various positions. Currently, he works as the bank‘s director for both corporate development and the governmental regional savings banks association. In addition, he is a member of the board of Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, the cultural foundation of Berlin Savings Bank as well as several other charitable institutions.

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Art. Talking Business. recommends A Greater Miracle of Perception: The Berlin Iteration

by Frame Foundation, Miracle Workers Collective, the Finnish Institute in Germany and Stiftung Brandenburger Tor
03. April 2019 | 17:00 – 21:00

during Berliner Stiftungswoche

A Greater Miracle of Perception: The Berlin Iteration is the first in the series of public events developed by the Miracle Workers Collective for the Finnish Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

The MWC is formed and informed by a transdisciplinary and transnational community of artists, filmmakers, writers, intellectuals, performers, and activists including: writer Maryan Abdulkarim; scriptwriter and director Khadar Ahmed; writer and filmmaker Hassan Blasim; choreographer and artistic director Sonya Lindfors; artist Outi Pieski; artist Leena Pukki; artist Martta Tuomaala; artist and curator Lorenzo Sandoval; cinematographer Christopher L. Thomas and filmmaker and storyteller Suvi West, as well as curators Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Christopher Wessels.


Welcome by Sebastian Pflum, Co-Founder ART. TALKING BUSINESS. & Head of the office of Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, and Dr. Laura Hirvi, Director of the Finnish Institute in Germany

A not too coherent and dissonant conversation in three voices: curators of the Finnish Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia Giovanna Esposito Yussif, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Christopher Wessels.

Film screening of The Night Thief, by Khadar Ahmed
Khadar Ahmed is a Finnish-Somali script writer and director. He was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1981 and came to Finland with his family at the age of 16. Ahmed, a self-taught filmmaker, won the short film screenwriting competition in 2007 with his script Citizens. His latest short film The Night Thief was selected to Aguilar de Campoo film festival in Spain and the Gothenburg film festival.

Patterns to break. Reading by Lorenzo Sandoval
Sandoval works as an artist and curator. He holds a B.F.A in Fine Arts and Master in Photography, Art and Technology from the UPV (Valencia, Spain). He received curatorial prizes such as Inéditos 2011, Can Felipa curatorial prize and Nogueras Blanchard 2012. He won the art prize ‘Generación 2017’ ‘V and the grant DKV- Álvarez Margaride’ for ‘Shadow Writing (Algorithm /Quipu)’ at LABoral, Gijón, 2017. Since 2015, runs The Institute for Endotic Research, which opened as a venue in 2018, together with Benjamin Busch. His recent research deals with the connections between image production, textile making and computation.

Reading and conversation with Hassan Blasim and Maryan Abdulkarim
Hassan Blasim is an Iraqi-born author who writes in Arabic. Since 2004, he has lived in Finland. Blasim has been PEN-awarded three times. He was described by The Guardian as “perhaps the greatest writer of Arabic fiction alive.” Blasim will read from his new book, Allah 99 which is fresh out of the press, and discuss with Maryan Abdulkarim, a Helsinki-based writer and social commentator.


19:00 –19:20
Marks After Examination, lecture performance by Suvi West
Graduated from the Media Study program of the Sámi Education Institute in 2005, West has worked as a freelance director, script writer and editor. Among other she has directed four documentaries that have travelled internationally. For this lecture she is presents material from her latest documentary on the still present colonial marks in Finnish Sápmi.

Máttaráhku ládjogahpir – Foremother’s Horn Hat, presentation by Outi Pieski and Eeva-Kristiina Harlin
The presentation focuses on the work that artist Outi Pieski has been developing with archeologist Eeva-Kristiina Harlin investigating the ládjogahpir, a horned hat worn by Sámi women until the end of 19th century, through the project Foremother’s Horn Hat. They aim to revive this lost tradition and re-contextualizing it with the present generations, while also making a claim for the need of rematriation in the context of cultural belongings. The horn hats on display are part of the collection of Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Invited guest: Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska

FinnCycling-Soumi-Perkele! Vol. 2, screening of film by Martta Tuomaala
Martta Tuomaala is a multidisciplinary artist based in Helsinki. Her work focuses on various forms of film, video and installation and involves elements of socially engaged art and militant research. FinnCycling-Soumi-Perkele! Vol. 2 (installation 2017/ film 2018) is part of a broader You-Can-Do-It! project that explores work-related topics, austerity politics, and the role of women in Finnish society.


The event is organised in collaboration with Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, The Finnish Institute in Germany and Frame Contemporary Art Finland with the kind support of Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Goethe-Institut Finnland.

The exhibition at the Finnish Alvar Aalto Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (11 May – 24 November, 2019) is commissioned and produced by Frame Contemporary Art Finland.

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Art. Talking Business. Networking Lunch.

27. April 2018 | 09:00 – 17:00
28. April 2018 | 01:30 – 16:30
“From Production Sites to Museums”

during Gallery Weekend Berlin

ART. TALKING BUSINESS. 2018 Friday 27th April, opening remarks by Pascal Decker and Laura Hirvi, discussion with Wolfgang Ullrich, Arja Miller, Ulrike Lorenz, Khairuddin Hori & moderator Julia Voss
Panel discussion: Siegerkunst - master pieces and how museums deal with it.

ART. TALKING BUSINESS. 2018 Saturday 28th April, welcome by Pascal Decker, talk Sir Norman Rosenthal & Michael Werner
Talk: The international art market as mother of fine arts

ART. TALKING BUSINESS. Forum in cooperation with the Finnish Institute in Germany

were delighted to invite you to “From Production Sites to Museums” on Friday and Saturday, 27-28 April 2018 at the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor in the Max Liebermann Haus and production sides in Berlin.

On Friday, 27 April 2017, we started with four individual tours allowing us to visit some extraordinary production sites. Tour 1 was going to Bühnenservice Berlin, the biggest service supplier for theatres but also for artists in Germany. Tour 2 took us to Bildgießerei Hermann Noack, a fine art foundry catering to artists’ requirements since 1897. Tour 3, on the other hand, went to Gipsformerei (replica workshop) of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin National Museums), founded by King Friedrich Wilhelm III in 1819 as the Royal Prussian Institute of Plaster Casting. Last but not least, tour 4 guided us to the exhibition NGORONGORO II taking place in various artists’ studios in a former factory site in East Berlin (for timing please see agenda below).

Afterwards, we had a networking lunch directly next to the Brandenburg Gate, then followed by our panel discussion about Siegerkunst – master pieces and how museums deal with it in cooperation with The Finnish Institute in Germany.

The half-day art business seminar and lunch welcomes the expertise and experience of various professionals of the art market to discuss the trends currently promoting change at the start of the Gallery Weekend Berlin.

On Saturday, 28 April 2018, we were extremely pleased to welcome Sir Norman Rosenthal and Michael Werner, who talked about The international art market as mother of fine arts in the Max Liebermann Haus.


Friday, 27 April 2018

09:00 Registration & meet up at Max Liebermann Haus

09:30 Bus shuttle for tour 1, 2, 3, and 4

10:00 Start tour 1: Bühnenservice Berlin, 20 participants

10:00 Start tour 2: Bildgießerei Hermann Noack, 20 participants

10:00 Start tour 3: Gipsformerei of Staaliche Museen zu Berlin, 20 participants

10:00 Start tour 4: NGORONGORO II exhibition taking place in different ateliers, 20 participants

12:30 Bus shuttle back to Max Liebermann Haus

01:00 Welcome lunch & registration

02:30 Opening remarks and welcome by Pascal Decker, ART. TALKING BUSINESS.

02:40 Welcome by Laura Hirvi, The Finnish Institute in Germany

02:50 Panel discussion: Siegerkunst – master pieces and how museums deal with it
With: Wolfgang Ullrich, author of Siegerkunst, Arja Miller, chief curator EMMAESPOO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Ulrike Lorenz, director Kunsthalle Mannheim and Khairuddin Hori, Chan + Hori Contemporary. Moderated by: Julia Voss, honorary professor for art history at Leuphana University of Lüneburg

04:30 Closing remarks by ART. TALKING BUSINESS. & The Finnish Institute in Germany

04:35 Reception and get together

05:00 End of the event

Saturday, 28 April 2018

01:30 Registration & access to venue Max Liebermann Haus

02:00 Welcome by Pascal Decker, ART. TALKING BUSINESS.

02:10 Talk The international art market as mother of fine arts with Sir Norman Rosenthal, curator and art historian, and Michael Werner, gallerist of Galerie Michael Werner

03:40 Open discussion

04:00 Reception and get together

04:30 End of the event

About the speakers:

Laura Hirvi, Managing Director The Finnish Institute in Germany
Laura Hirvi grew up in Germany in a Finnish-German family and was raised bilingually. She studied ethnology at Freie Universität Berlin and University of Jyväskylä, Finland. In 2007, she graduated from the University of Jyväskylä with a Master’s thesis on Finnish Gothic Subculture. During her PhD research on the Sikhs in Finland and California she spent a year in Santa Barbara, California, as a Fulbright student. In 2013, she received a PhD in Ethnology from the University of Jyväskylä. In her postdoctoral research, she studied i.a. “Mobile Finnish artists and Berlin”. Laura was appointed director of the Finnish Institute in Germany, located in Berlin, in 2015.

Arja Miller, chief curator EMMAESPOO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Arja Miller works as chief curator of EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland. Before joining EMMA she was the chief curator at Kiasma (2008-2017), where she was in charge of developing the contemporary art collection as part of the collections at Finnish National Gallery. Before Kiasma she acted as curator and Head of Education at Helsinki Art Museum (1997-2007). Her curatorial work includes numerous solo and group exhibitions from both Finnish and international artists including solo shows by Choi Jeong Hwa, Piplotti Rist, Olav Christopher Jensen and Adel Abidin. She has also co-curated Kiasma’s two major international group shows, ARS11 and ARS17, the first focusing Africa in contemporary art (2011) while the latter discussed artists’ response to digital revolution. Arja has written and published extensively on contemporary art. Her particular area of interest are installation art, lense-based media and new media art, performative practices, new forms of painting and the overlaps between art, sound and music. Arja has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Helsinki (1997) and a qualification in Business management in the museum context from the Management Institute of Finland (2012-2014). In addition to her work at EMMA she is a board member of the Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Photography.

Ulrike Lorenz, director Kunsthalle Mannheim
Ulrike Lorenz was born 1963 in Gera, studied cultural sciences and archaeology at Universität Leipzig (1983-88) and finished her studies summa cum laude. She took a PhD in 1999 at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar about the German-Norwegian avant-garde architect Thilo Schoder (1888-1936). She was director of Kunstsammlung Gera and Otto Dix Haus from 1991-2003 and additionally managed the Citify Museum of Gera in 2003. Ulrike was director of Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie in Regensburg (2004-2008), where she worked in cooperation with museums in Budapest, Hungary, and Breslau/Wrocław, Poland, Madrid, Spain, and Paris, France. She is director of Kunsthalle Mannheim since 2009. Ulrike accompanied the general restauration of the 100-year- old Jugendstil-building of Hermann Billing, developed a museum utilisation concept for Kunsthalle Mannheim with bogner cc. Vienna as well as an engineer-technical feasibility study for both alternatives general restructuring of the extension building of the 1980s or new construction (2010-13). Monitoring of the anonymous, twostage architectural competition with 29 international bureaus for the new building of Kunsthalle Mannheim, launch of the private foundation Stiftung Kunsthalle Mannheim, that manages the building process and budget as building owner. In 2013-14 exhibition Dix/Beckmann: Mythos Welt on the occasion of the reopening of the Jugendstil-building of Kunsthalle Mannheim (co-curated by Beatrice von Bormann, Amsterdam, Netherlands) as well as the exhibition Nur Skulptur! (with Bogomir Ecker and team), the farewell-exhibition of the former extension building with over 400 sculptures of the collection in an artistic overall staging. Ulrike was a member of the board of Deutscher Museumsbund e.V. from 2010-18 and is since 2014 member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, section fine arts, as well as in the Leipziger Kreis der detuschen Kunstmuseen. In 2016, she curated the first big Otto-Dix-retrospective in Latin-America Otto Dix: Violencia y Pasión for the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey and the National Gallery in Mexico City. Until June 2018, Ulrike manages the construction of the forward-looking new building of Kunsthalle Mannheim as ‘city in the city’ with a radical democratic museum philosophy including a paradigmatic digital strategy.

Julia Voss, honorary professor for art history at Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Julia Voss is honorary professor for art history at Leuphana University of Lüneburgand currently Fellow at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Her PhD was on art and science in the 19th Century published as “Darwin’s Pictures. Views of Evolutionary Theory, 1837-1874” (S. Fischer 2007, Yale University Press 2010). For ten years, she was the visual arts editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and deputy head of its cultural section. Recently she returned to academia with a book project on the Swedish pioneer of abstraction, Hilma af Klint. She has published widely on contemporary art, exhibitions, museums and the art market. In her book “Hinter weißen Wänden” [Behind the White Cube] (with Philipp Deines), she explored the interconnections between art production and the art market, as well as its public and private interests. In 2016/17, she was Fellow at the Berlin Institute of Advanced Studies. She writes the art column „Fragen Sie Julia Voss“ for Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Khairuddin Hori, Curatorial Director & Partner Chan + Hori Contemporary
Khairuddin Hori born in 1974 and fully trained in Singapore, Khairuddin Hori (Khai) is best known for his multidisciplinary and unconventional approach to curating, supported by his experience in theatre and work as an artist. Khai’s profile was placed on spotlight in 2014 after he was invited on-board Europe’s largest and internationally renowned art centre, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France as its Deputy Director of Artistic Programming. Prior, Khai was Senior Curator at the Singapore Art Museum, overseeing Singapore’s national collection for contemporary art, and Senior Curator at the Curatorial Development department of the National Heritage Board, Singapore. In 2018, in partnership with the National Arts Council, Singapore Khai was commissioned to curate D/SINI a new visual arts festival featuring outdoor sculptures, public programmes and exhibitions, He was also the curator behind LOCK ROUTE, the first international outdoor sculpture exhibition at visual art precinct, Gillman Barracks in 2017. In 2016, Khai co-curated In Praise of Shadows, a sustainable light art festival in the Marina Bay precinct; was an international affiliate of “What happens now?”: Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab (2016) and co-curator of The Light of the Light by Quistrebert brothers. Other notable projects include Tianzhuo Chen, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Sous la lune, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2015); Secret Archipelago, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Open SEA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon (2015); Welcome to the Jungle, Yokohama Museum of Art and Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Japan (2013); If the World Changed, Singapore Biennale (2013); Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2012); and Negotiating Home, History and Nation, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2011). Khai is currently Curatorial Director and Partner at Chan + Hori Contemporary in Singapore.

Sir Norman Rosenthal, curator and art historian
Sir Norman Rosenthal was born in Cambridge, UK in 1944. He studied at the University of Leicester and subsequently undertook postgraduate studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London University as well as the Free University of Berlin. He organised his first exhibition at the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery in 1955 and subsequently worked inter alia at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. From 1977 to December 2007, Norman was Exhibition Secretary of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, where he was in charge of the enabling and organisation of all loan exhibitions. Amongst the significant contemporary exhibitions that took place during that period were: “Robert Motherwell” 1978, “A New Spirit in Painting” 1981, “Sensation” 1997, “Apocalypse: Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art” 2000, “Frank Auerbach” 2001, “Georg Baselitz” 2007. In Berlin he was co-responsible for the ground breaking exhibitions, “Zeitgeist” 1982, “Metropolis” 1991, and “The Age of Modernism – Art in the 20th Century” 1997. Since leaving the Royal Academy, he works as a freelance consultant and curator to museums and private galleries and individuals in the UK, Europe, Turkey and the USA. He sits on various boards connected to the arts. He was knighted in 2007.

Wolfgang Ullrich, art historian and author of the book “Siegerkunst. Neuer Adel, teure Lust.”
Wolfgang Ullrich, was born 1967 in Munich, studied philosophy and art history. In 1994, he earned his doctorate with a focus on the late work and event thinking of Martin Heidegger. In addition to holding teaching positions at various universities, he was an associate in the Department of Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich from 1997 to 2003 and guest professor for art theory at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg from 2003 to 2004. In 2015, he resigned from his professorship in aesthetics and media theory at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, which he had held as of 2006, and now lives and works in Leipzig as a freelance author. Wolfgang conducts research and publishes on the history and criticism of the concept of art, on modern visual worlds, and on phenomena related to prosperity.

Michael Werner, gallerist of Galerie Michael Werner
Michael Werner born in Nauen in 1939, Michael finished his education as an art dealer at Galerie Rudolf Springer in Berlin in 1958. In 1963 opening of the gallery Werner & Katz with Benjamin Katz at Kurfürstendamm, Berlin. Their first exhibition with works by Georg Baselitz was closed by the prosecution due to ‘offending public decency’ followed by confiscation of the painting Die Große Nacht im Eimer by Baselitz (today Museum Ludwig Köln). In June 1964 he opened his own gallery with the 1. Orthodoxer Salon in a former coal store in Berlin at Pfalzburger Strasse. Since then representative of Markus Lüpertz and A.R. Penck. Michael moved in 1968/69 to Cologne, where the following exhibitions premiered subsequently: Gaston Chaissac (1969), Marcel Broodthaers (1970), Sigmar Polke (1971), Jörg Immendorff (1971), James Lee Byars (1971), Tomas Schmitt (1972), Anselm Kiefer (1974) and Per Kirkeby (1974). In 1979 Galerie Michael Werner was opened in Gertrudenstrasse, Cologne. Since 1982 he established his German artists in the USA through the cooperation with at first Ileana Sonnabend, Marian Goodman and Xavier Fourcade, then later with Mary Boone, New York. At the same time followed the publication of the artist journal KRATER + WOLKE (8 issues). In 1990, Michael opened the New York gallery Michael Werner Inc. (Upper East Side). In 2009 opening of an office in Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Brandenburg, Germany. Michael was awarded in 2011 with the Art-Cologne-Award, in 2013 with the Grande Médaille de la Ville de Paris by the mayor of Paris and in 2017 with the insignia of Knight of the Legion of Honour Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur de France.

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Art. Talking Business. Networking Brunch.

in association with Art World Forum
14. September 2017 | 9:00 – 01:00
„Leading Cultural Growth“

during Berlin Art Week

ART. TALKING BUSINESS. Welcome words 2017
Welcome words by Anni Oates co-founder from our associated partner for 2017 Art World Forum and Pascal Decker as chairman of the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor for ART. TALKING BUSINESS.

ART. TALKING BUSINESS. 2017 Nicole Stava and Paul Spies
Conversation about Bechyne Castle: concepting a future for cultural heritage

ART. TALKING BUSINESS. 2017 Claudia Schachenmann
The Physical Space: Presentation of the ArtHub @ The Circle, Zurich

ART TALKING BUSINESS. 2017 Elizabeth Markevitch
The Digital Space: Presentation of Ikono Space

ART. TALKING BUSINESS. 2017 Daniel Lever, Jeni Fulton & Moderator / Closing Remarks
Panel Discussion - The Movement of Art Closing Remarks by Anni Oates, Art World Forum Pascal Decker, Stiftung Brandenburger Tor for ART. TALKING BUSINESS.

ART. TALKING BUSINESS. in association with Art World Forum

were delighted to invite you to our networking brunch on Thursday, September 14th, from 9am to 1pm at the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor in the Max Liebermann Haus.

The half-day art business seminar and brunch welcomes the expertise and experience of various professionals of the art market to discuss the trends currently promoting change at the start of the 6th Berlin Art Week.


9:00 Welcome Coffee

9:30 Opening Remarks and Welcome by ART. TALKING BUSINESS.

9:40 Welcome by Art World Forum

9:50 Conversation about Bechyne Castle: concepting a future for cultural heritage between Nicole Stava (the Stava family is owner of the Bechyne Castle and the Stava Art Collection) and Paul Spies (Director City Museum Berlin and chief curator for Berlin in the Humboldt Forum)

10:15 The Physical Space: Presentation of the ArtHub @ The Circle, Zurich by Claudia Schachenmann (Founder and CEO BureauxSchachenmann)

10:35 The Digital Space: Presentation of Ikono Space by Elizabeth Markevitch (Founder and President Markevitch Media GmbH)

10:50 Panel Discussion – The Movement of Art
Daniel Lever, CEO & Co-founder of ArtRunners
Jeni Fulton, Editor-in-chief, Sleek Magazine
Moderated by:
David Liatowitsch, Attorney at Bär & Karrer AG

11:30 Closing Remarks by ART. TALKING BUSINESS. & Art World Forum

11:35 Networking Brunch

1:00 End of the Event

About the speakers:

Anni Oates, Co-Founder and Director Art World Forum
Anni Oates has actively been engaged in curatorial, editorial and managerial roles in multiple projects and platforms including media channels such as Art And Only and Art Media Agency, the Singapore Arts Club, galleries, fairs, and design initiatives in Europe and Asia. She has curated discussions, liaised with industry leaders, organized and hosted international art events in Singapore, Hong Kong, Berlin and Florence. Constantly welcoming the creative challenge, Anni co-founded Art World Forum, an international platform for art business professionals and leads the marketing direction of ArtRunners, an online fine arts logistics marketplace.

Veronica Neo, Co-Founder Art World Forum
Veronica Neo held positions in public relations, consulting and research areas from the art market to Fortune 500 companies and top-ranking business schools, with academics, art dealers, business leaders, and government officials from cultural and financial hubs in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Her engagement with tripartite public-private-nonprofit sectors led to the co-founding of Art World Forum. The aim lies in driving public-private partnerships between the art market and the corporate sector. Veronica is also an ambassador of One Young World, which has been referred to as the Young Davos where delegates debate, formulate and share innovative solutions on immediate world issues.

Nicole Stava, the Stava family is owner of the Bechyne Castle and the Stava Art Collection
Nicole Stava was 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 large family collection of Old Master Pieces, Impressionist and Modern Art, 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 Republic.

Claudia Schachenmann, Founder and CEO BureauxSchachenmann
Claudia Schachenmann is an art world specialist and strategist. Under the name of BureauxSchachenmann she is involved in a number of projects dealing with new developments in the art world. BureauxSchachenmann initiates, creates and enables new kinds of commercially-oriented but high in quality and content products and platforms at emerging locations in a massively changing art sector. Her company’s range goes from the creation of physical spaces that allow art enthusiasts (corporate, public and private) to engage with art in a novice and unique way all the way to the development and strategic advice of a range of art/tech start- ups. Claudia Schachenmann gives guest lectures (HKU Space/Central St. Martins, School of Management and Law ZHAW) and talks (ACI Europe Conference, PLP/Architecture). She has several years of experience in the art industry, where she worked in a variety of areas ranging from art fair (Art Basel), International gallery (Bruno Bischofberger), auction house as well as non-profit institutions.

Elizabeth Markevitch, Founder and President Markevitch Media GmbH
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) and co-founded in 1998 the first online gallery: 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.

Jeni Fulton, Editor-in-chief, Sleek Magazine
Dr. Jeni Fulton is an art critic, editor and curator. She received her PhD in 2016, with a thesis examining the agency of art criticism in the era of the internet. She is the Editor in Chief at Sleek magazine, a Berlin-based quarterly art and fashion magazine. She has contributed to Spike, Frieze, Apollo and Randian among many publications. She obtained her M.A. from the University of Cambridge, and lives and works in Berlin.

Paul Spies, Director City Museum Berlin and chief curator for Berlin in the Humboldt Forum
Paul Spies (1960) graduated in Art History and Archeology at the University of Amsterdam. In 1987 he founded D’arts, an art-historical consultancy and organizational bureau, that produced many museum concepts, exhibitions, publications, marketing and communication campaigns, television programmes etc. In 2009 he was appointed director of the Amsterdam (Historical) Museum. Since then, he has lead the renovation of the presentations and organization of these museums. Also, he started several partnerships with other heritage museums in Amsterdam. In November 2014, the doors of a new development of the Amsterdam Museum opened its doors: the Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age. Since February 2016 Spies has been appointed director of the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, consisting of five museum locations. Apart from that he was appointed chief curator of the exhibitions of Berlin in the so-called Humboldt-Forum (the Berlin Castle that is currently rebuild on the Museum Island, due to be opened in 2019).

Daniel Lever, CEO & Co-founder of ArtRunners
Daniel is CEO at ArtRunners and is responsible for setting the company’s strategy, its direction and capital allocation. He is a visionary who specializes in the development and execution of innovative, go to market, brand building and growth strategies. From his experience as collection manager Daniel has a perfect understanding of the challenges of art logistics from personal experience – especially when moving art in and from emerging art markets. In search for the adequate service provider that would deliver the artwork under his management on time, in perfect condition and to the satisfactions of the collection owner, Daniel and his partners came to the conclusion that a qualified solution to this problem was lacking. From 2013 to mid-2015 Daniel was running the operations of the Tiroche DeLeon Collection. This unique collection consists of more than 450 artworks by artists from emerging markets and is the principal asset of Art Vantage, an innovative Art Fund. Daniel was the founder of “Achim Association” a charitable fund-raising organization dedicated to making a contribution to the community by producing shows – the proceeds of which are donated to community causes. Daniel is Sotheby’s Institute graduate and holds a degree in Art History, in the outstanding program from the Tel-Aviv University.

David Liatowitsch, Attorney at Bär & Karrer AG
David is an associate with Swiss law firm Bär & Karrer and his practice focuses on domestic and international litigation and arbitration with an emphasis on contract law, commercial law and corporate law disputes. In addition, David advises clients in inheritance law and art law matters. After graduating from the University of Zurich in 2006, David interned at a Zurich based law firm and at the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris. He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2009. In 2010, David obtained a masters degree from New York University (LL.M.) and in 2011 joined Bär & Karrer.

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Art. Talking Business. Networking Tea Time.

29. April 2017 | 15:00 – 17:30
„The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg“

during Gallery Weekend Berlin

We were delighted to have a short presentation and preview of Michael Schindhelm’s movie “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg”, before it is premiered in Berlin on 30th of April 2017.

Uli Sigg has built one of the most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art, including some 2,300 works. He then in 2012 passed on 1500 works in a donation/sales agreement to the M+ Museum in Hong Kong now under construction. Prior to starting to collect Chinese contemporary art, Uli Sigg was already a collector of Western art.

After the presentation of the film, Uli Sigg and Michael Schindhelm, director, will discuss the movie and the pioneering role Uli Sigg has played in building a contemporary Chinese art collection. The discussion will be moderated by Roya Nasser, partner at Brunswick Arts.

Dr. Pascal Decker
Chairman of the Board of the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor

Presentation and Preview
by Michael Schindhelm of his movie “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg”

Michael Schindhelm
Novelist, librettist and film documentarist

Uli Sigg
Art Collector

moderated by
Roya Nasser
Partner at Brunswick Arts

till 5:30 pm

About the speakers:

Roya Nasser
Roya Nasser joined Brunswick Arts in 2013, having extensive experience of corporate and cultural communications. She specializes in providing strategic advice on reputation management, crisis management and cross-border campaigns, and has been advising senior management for the past 25 years. After 15 years in financial public relations working on IPOs and M&As, Mrs. Nasser moved to Eurostar to lead cross border communications activities and launch the first phase of the UK high-speed line. She then moved to Paris and joined Centre Pompidou as director of communications at a critical moment in the institution’s development, just before its 30th anniversary. After four years with Centre Pompidou, Roya set up her own cultural PR consultancy to advise clients on their communications requirements.

Michael Schindhelm
Michael Schindhelm, born 1960, based in Lugano (Ponte Cremenaga) and London, grew up in the former GDR and graduated with a Master degree in quantum chemistry in Voronezh (Soviet Union). After having worked as translator, author, and dramatic advisor, followed by the position of the theatre director in Gera and Basel, he became Director General of the Opernstiftung Berlin comprising Berlin’s three opera houses (Komische Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Deutsche Oper Berlin). In 2007 Michael Schindhelm was appointed Cultural Director of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. He left Dubai in 2009 and started acting as cultural advisor to public organizations in Asia and Europe. Michael Schindhelm continues to work as novelist, librettist and film documentarist.

Uli Sigg
Uli Sigg, born 1946, grew up in Switzerland. He completed his studies with a Ph.D. of the University of Zurich Law Faculty. He then worked as journalist and editor for various Swiss newspapers and magazines. From 1977 to 1990 he joined the Schindler Group where he held positions as Area Manager for Asia Pacific and later Member of the Group Executive Committee and Shareholders Board. He established in 1980 the first Joint Venture between China and the West and remained its Vice Chairman for ten years. He then served on the boards of a number of global companies till 1995, when the Swiss federal government appointed him for four years ambassador to China, North Korea and Mongolia. Upon his return to Switzerland he again assumed the chairmanship or board membership of several multinational companies. He spent altogether many years in China, following the opening up of China and its contemporary art scene from day one. As collector of formerly Western contemporary art he now has formed with 2300 works the most substantial collection of contemporary Chinese art in the world. He also established 1997 the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) and, in 2007, the CCAA Art Critic Award. He is a member of the International Council of New York MOMA and International Advisory Council of Tate Gallery, London.

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