AMONG OUR SPEAKERS:
Alexander Forbes, European Market Editor, Artnet News
Alexander Forbes is an art writer, critic, and consultant specializing in contemporary art, the art market, and intersections between culture, content, and commerce. He currently serves as European Market Editor at artnet News, which since its launch in March 2014 has quickly grown to be the art world’s most visited news platform with over one million active viewers per month. Alexander swapped New York for Berlin in 2010 working as an independent critic and writer for numerous arts and culture publications as well as launching the Berlin Art Journal. In 2011 he joined Louise Blouin Media to oversee the editorial expansion of the company’s flagship publications—Artinfo, Modern Painters, and Art+Auction—into Germany, Austria, and Switzerland until joining artnet in February of this year.
Dr. Alexandra von Stosch, Author, Curator and Cultural Advisor
Dr. Alexandra von Stosch is visiting professor at Humboldt University Berlin and also teaches at the University of Fine Arts Berlin and at Bauhaus University Weimar. Alexandra is board member of Villa Aurora Berlin/Los Angeles, member of the Artistic Board of Berlinische Galerie and founding director of the Contemporary Arts Alliance Berlin. She develops cultural profiles for companies and advises the Bauhaus Archiv Berlin in view of the Bauhaus Centennial 2019. During her years in Paris in the 1990s, she was the artistic director of Art Public Contemporain where she organized the art collection for the two towers of Société Générale at La Défense and exhibitions as well as public art projects throughout France. In New York, she was chief curator/editor of the International Center for Curatorial Studies.
Andrea Maier, Publication Manager, Art Investor
Andrea Maier is an art historian, journalist and currently publication manager at Artinvestor magazine. She graduated from commercial school (focus: marketing and business activities) and gained a master degree in art history with special interest in modern and contemporary art. After working for several years as a management assistant for an Austrian art fair, she decided to add a journalistic education to her portfolio. Andrea Maier joined the editorial staff at Artinvestor magazine and operates since 2013 as publication manager, responsible for marketing and distribution, business communication, coordination of advertising sales, realisation of projects and events.
Christian Boros, Collector, Bunker Berlin
Having completed his studies in Communication Design at the Bergische University Wuppertal, Germany, in 1990, Christian Boros started BOROS communications agency, which is now located in Wuppertal and Berlin. He advises economic corporations and cultural institutions on questions about communication and strategic positioning and regularly lectures on the topic “culture as an economic factor”.
From 1990 on he also established one of the largest art collections of young contemporary art in Germany and in 2008 founded the Boros Foundation. It’s collection is on public display in a converted WWII bunker, situated in Berlin-Mitte, with 3000 sqm of exhibition space spread over 80 rooms.
Christian Boros also founded DISTANZ, a publishing company specialized on visual arts, photography, architecture and design of the 20th and 21th century. And he just recently founded ARTUSIAST, a startup for online-artbying.
Christiane Meixner, Art Market Editor, Der Tagesspiegel
Christiane Meixner is an art critic and lecturer at the University of the Arts Berlin. She is the Art Market Editor for Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin’s leading broadsheet, and is part of the editorial team of Weltkunst, one of the premier art magazines in Germany. Christiane graduated in Art History from the University of Bonn and has been writing about contemporary art since 1985. Prior to joining Der Tagesspiegel, she worked for publications such as the Frankfurter Rundschau, Berliner Morgenpost and Die Welt.
Clare McAndrew, Founder and Managing Director, Arts Economics
Clare McAndrew is a cultural economist, investment analyst, and author. In 2005 she founded Arts Economics – a research and consulting firm focused exclusively on the art economy. She is a guest lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and lectures on the art market at Christie’s Education and at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. McAndrew has published widely on the economics of the art market, including her annual reports on the global art market for TEFAF in Maastricht.
C. Cornell DeWitt, Vice President of Business Development, artnet
For 20 years, Cornell DeWitt has been exploring the forefront of connecting audiences and art. Since co-founding in 1995 one of the first online art galleries, he has also owned and operated an eponymous gallery in New York, acted as Director of a major international gallery, curated exhibitions, advised private collectors, and dealt in the primary and secondary markets. From 2010 through 2013, he served as Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs in Miami and New York. He has a master’s degree from New York University, where he also has served on the faculty. In his role as Vice President of Business Development at artnet, DeWitt’s focus is to develop artnet’s unparalleled market reach and knowledge into improved performance for its clients and partners.
Emilio Álvarez, Founder and Co-director, LOOP and Screen Projects
Emilio Alvarez is involved in the promotion of projects related to contemporary culture at both local and international level, and social development specifically with el Raval district in downtown Barcelona. He has a background in economics, but he is currently devoted to his passion: contemporary arts as a platform for culture and social activation. Alvarez is founder and co-director of Screen Projects, a cultural agency devoted to contemporary art based in Barcelona. Screen Projects include LOOP, the 1st art fair devoted exclusively to video art launched in 2003, and an annual city festival & professional meeting point, and TALKING GALLERIES international platform to rethink the practice of gallerism. Alvarez is also the founder of Angels-Barcelona contemporary art gallery and Roomservice Design Gallery in Barcelona. Alvarez holds a MBA by ESADE-Barcelona, International management programs at NYU Graduate School of Business Administration and H.E.C – École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Paris. He is a Board member of local institutions like Orfeo Català-Palau de la Musica, Barcelona´s main concert hall and Tot Raval Foundation for improving the quality of life of this diverse and multicultural neighborhood.
Eva Karcher, Art Market Expert, Journalist and Author
Dr. Eva Karcher works as an independent journalist and specialist in the field of contemporary art, the art market and the crossover of fashion, design, science, philosophy and art. She is a contributor for German VOGUE, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Welt am Sonntag and Burda Media and regularly publishes in magazines and newspapers like AD, GQ, Weltkunst, Monopol and artinvestor. Moreover she is the author of several books and has been involved in the concepts and realization of new magazines like artinvestor and Sleek. Recent book publications include “Aesthetic Surgery”, Taschen, Cologne, 2004; “Erlkönig”, DuMont, Cologne, 2009 and “The New New”, Distanz Verlag, Berlin, 2010. Moreover, Eva Karcher is organizing and curating exhibitions and as an art specialist on modern as well as contemporary art she advises international private collectors and companies.
Ivo Wessel, Software Developer, Collector
Ivo Wessel studied computer science and psychology in Braunschweig. In 2000 he moved to Berlin since he was enthused by the city's young and vivid art scene. Wessel is currently working as a freelance software developer and creates iPhone and iPad apps, particularly for artists and art institutions. Since his school days he collects contemporary art and literature and constantly tries to reconcile his three obsessions; art, books and computers. His collection includes conceptual, media and video art. Six years ago Wessel founded, together with gallerist Olaf Stüber, “Videoart at Midnight”, a project presenting video art on a large screen at cinema Babylon, once a month on a Friday, always at midnight.
Jeni Fulton, Art Editor, Sleek Magazine
Jeni Fulton is a writer and editor focusing on all aspects of contemporary art. Fulton was born in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1981 and studied philosophy at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a M.A. (Hons). Between 2003 and 2013 she worked as political and economic consultant for energy consultancies in London and Berlin. In 2010, she enrolled as PhD candidate at the Faculty for Cultural Theory at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung Berlin, with a thesis on “Value and Evaluation in Contemporary Art”, which she is currently completing. Her thesis examines how different systems of art evaluation (economic, symbolic and institutional) interact in the field of contemporary art to create a concept of contemporary artistic value. Since 2011, she has been contributing to art publications, currently holding the position of Art/Commissioning editor at Sleek magazine, a Berlin-based print publication covering all aspects of contemporary visual culture. She commissions and edits the magazine's art content, as well as contributing significant coverage. This includes interviewing leading artist and cultural contributors and managing a large network of contacts. She has written catalogue texts for artists including Christian Jankowski, and is Associate Director at MOMENTUM, a non-profit platform for time-based art..
Lisa Zeitz, Editor in Chief, Weltkunst
Dr. Lisa Zeitz is the chief editor of WELTKUNST and KUNST UND AUKTIONEN. Her interest in private collectors ranges from art patronage in 16th century Italy to the contemporary auction market. During a ten-year-stay in New York she ran the office of Villa Grisebach Auctions and later worked as an art market correspondent for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. She has written books on Titian, Napoleonic medals, and recently published a biography of the psychoanalyst and African Art collector, Werner Muensterberger („Der Mann mit den Masken“, Berlin Verlag, 2013).
Lorenzo Rudolf, Founder, Co-owner and Director, Art Stage Singapore
Lorenzo Rudolf is the founder, co-owner and director of Art Stage Singapore, Asia’s premier contemporary art fair, and a veteran art fair organizer. Lorenzo studied law at the University of Bern, before launching a career in International Public Relations at Telekurs. In 1991, Lorenzo was appointed as Director of Art Basel. He initiated a global expansion of the fair, and had developed a waiting list of over 700 galleries for Art Basel by the time he left his position in 2000. Under his tenure at Art Basel, Rudolf also created and initiated Art Basel Miami Beach, which launched in 2002. Between 2000 and 2003, Rudolf ran the Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2007, Lorenzo went on to launch ShContemporary in Shanghai – a fair specializing in contemporary art. His latest project, Art Stage Singapore, a key international event, opens the annual art season, creating a unique new opportunity for the Asia Pacific art market.
Lucas Elmenhorst, Lawyer and Art Historian, dtb rechtsanwälte
Dr. Lucas Elmenhorst studied Law, Romance Philology and Photography in Hamburg, Berlin and Barcelona, followed by an Art History degree in Berlin. After having worked for a Hamburg auction house, for Clifford Chance, as an advisor for UNESCO World Heritage as well as an art consultant for the international Key Clients of Deutsche Bank, he joined dtb rechtsanwälte in 2012. Lucas Elmenhorst is lecturer for art law at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Furthermore, he is lecturer for art law of a certified curating course at Universität der Künste, Berlin. Lucas Elmenhorst is a regular contributor to the art section of the German daily “Handelsblatt” and also writes for various professional law journals.
Mary Lane, European Art Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Mary Lane is the European art reporter for The Wall Street Journal, America's largest newspaper with 22 million online readers monthly and a 2.4 million print subscription. Mary published nearly every exclusive article on the Munich art trove of the late Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of Hitler's major art dealer. These include numerous front page scoops, most prominently three exposés on how Israel and America convinced Germany to publish details about looted works, the Gurlitt family's Nazi ties, and how Bavaria persuaded Gurlitt on his deathbed to return looted art to the families of Holocaust victims. She has conducted exclusive interviews with art leaders including Ai Weiwei, Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez, Georg Baselitz, Hubert de Givenchy, Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin, John Baldessari, Maria Lassnig, Gilbert & George, Ronald Lauder and Guy Ullens. She began with the Journal in 2011 as a Fulbright Journalism Fellow.
Mehdi Chouakri, Owner, Mehdi Chouakri Gallery
Mehdi Chouakri studied Art History at the Sorbonne, Paris on 1991-1996. In 1996 he opened the Mehdi Chouakri Gallery on Gipsstrasse in Berlin Mitte. In September 2001 it was located on Holzmarktstrasse, directly at the Spree. In March 2006 the gallery moved to a new and bigger space in the Edison Höfe. Mehdi Chouakri shows and represents international contemporary art.
Noah Horowitz, Executive Director, The Armory Show
Noah Horowitz is an art historian and expert on the international art market. He is author of Art of the Deal: Contemporary Art in a Global Financial Market (Princeton University Press, 2011), and has contributed to publications on art and economics for a wide range of cultural institutions and media outlets including the Serpentine Gallery, London, the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, The Art Newspaper, and others. He received his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and formerly served as director of the inaugural VIP Art Fair. Horowitz currently lives in New York, where he is a member of the faculty of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Executive Director of The Armory Show.
Pascal Decker, Partner and Lawyer, dtb rechtsanwälte
Having studied in Berlin, Edinburgh and Boston, Mr Decker completed his legal clerkship in Berlin and Lyon. He earned his doctoral degree at Hamburg’s Bucerius Law School. His PhD thesis was on broadcasting constitutional law, supervised by Prof Michael Fehling. Mr Decker is lecturer for art law of a certified curating course at Universität der Künste, Berlin. He regularly publishes newspaper and journal articles about art law and the international art market, for example for the German daily “Handelsblatt”. In spring 2004, after some years of practical experience at Boehmert & Boehmert law firm in Berlin, Mr Decker founded dtb rechtsanwälte. He is board member of the “Brandenburger Tor” foundation and at Rolf Horn foundation.
Philip Hoffman, Chief Executive, The Fine Art Fund Group
Before launching The Fine Art Fund Group, Philip Hoffman spent 12 years working for Christie’s auction house and was the youngest member of Christie’s International Management Board. The Group invests in rare art for investment purposes and advises some of the largest art funds in the world, with investors from 23 countries. Philip is a regular speaker at the Credit Suisse Family Office Forum, the ING Art Conference and Euromoney Conferences, and frequently comments on the art market on Bloomberg TV, BBC radio, CNBC, CNN and Sky News.
Pierre Naquin, Founder and CEO, A&F Markets
Pierre Naquin is a French entrepreneur, active in the fields of art and innovation. Combining his background in IT and his passion for art, in 2011, he launched Art Exchange, the first financial marketplace for art, as well as Art Media Agency (AMA), now the largest news agency focused on the art industry. In 2012, his company A&F Markets announced Art Analytics, a quantitative analysis agency for the art market, providing neutral valuation and risk analysis. Pierre Naquin has lived and worked abroad, including India (Calcutta) and China (Shanghai). He recently published "Art and Taxation for the Global Collector", a book detailing and summarizing art related taxes from 86 countries.
Rüdiger Schaper, Senior Editor of the Cultural Section, Der Tagesspiegel
Rüdiger Schaper was born in 1959 in Worms. Schaper studied German literature and history in Göttingen and Berlin (West). In the 1980's he worked as a free lance journalist in Berlin for newspapers and radio and in the 1990's he was the cultural correspondent of “Süddeutsche Zeitung”(Munich) in Berlin. In 1999 Schaper joined “Der Tagesspiegel” as a writer for cultural politics and theatre critic and in 2005 he became the senior editor of the cultural section at “Der Tagesspiegel. Schaper published many articles on Berlin and diverse artists in magazines and catalogues (e. g. ZKM Karlsruhe, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig).Recent book publications (Siedler Verlag): “Spektakel. Eine Geschichte des Theaters von Schlingensief bis Aischylos“, „Die Odyssee des Fälschers“ (also in Greek and Italian translation), „Karl May. Untertan, Hochstapler, Übermensch“, „Berlin um Mitternacht“ (Argon Verlag).
Serge Tiroche, Co- founder, Tiroche DeLeon Collection & Art Vantage PCC Limited
Serge Tiroche was born in Israel to a family of art dealers and collectors. His hands on involvement in the Art world began in 1986, at age 20, as an intern in Paris where he studied Finance and Art. In 1992 he was involved in the set-up of Tiroche Auction House in Israel. After obtaining an MBA at INSEAD, in 1997 he joined Citigroup’s Private Bank, where he had a multi-faceted 10 year career in wealth management in Switzerland, UK, Israel and Turkey. In 2007 he left his MD role at Citi to found ST-ART, Israel's innovative artist incubator project, and Serge Tiroche Consultants, a financial advisory services firm with focus on art investments. In parallel, he served as Chairman of the board of Artist Pension Trust in 2009 & 2010. In 2011, together with founding partner Russ DeLeon, he founded the Tiroche DeLeon Collection and Art Vantage PCC Limited - his brainchild and lifetime calling. As the first art fund modeled on a private collection, it's aim is to demystify and provide access to transparent, socially responsible art investing - a new art fund model that ethically bridges the passion of collecting with fully disclosed investment objectives. Mr. Tiroche serves on the Board of Governors of the Tel-Aviv Museum and the Batsheva Dance Company, is on the "Here & Now" acquisitions committee of the Israel Museum and is a Council member of the Serpentine Gallery.
Shirin Kranz, Head of Art Loans, PRIVATBANK
Shirin Kranz joined Privatbank Berlin in 2014 as Director Art Loans, providing substantial financial backing for Galleries, Collectors and Art Investors. Prior to joining Privatbank Shirin worked for Auctioneer Phillips de Pury & Company, where she was responsible for the German offices in Munich and Berlin and drew on her specialist skills to service high-profile international collectors and broker mutually beneficial relationships. Shirin has a degree in Cultural Economics with a special focus on History of Art & Economics from the University of Passau.