Art. Talking Business.


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.

You have questions or want to become a Sponsor or Partner, do not hesitate to contact us:



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 on the 27th of April 2018 will be annouced 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 Foundation Brandenburger Tor (Stiftung Brandenburger Tor) in the Max Liebermann Haus (Pariser Platz 7, 10117 Berlin) 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.

Previous Events

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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