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18.1.2019, 11:30 – 18:00 Uhr
In the Belly of the Beast? Insights into the contemporary art market

  • Venue:

  • HFBK Hamburg, Hörsaal (R 229)

Spectacular auction results always make big news, far beyond the realms of the art world. But we rarely hear about the everyday business of the smaller, supposedly less glamorous players who make up for the art market’s bigger part. How do they survive and operate? And is the contemporary art market restricted to places where art is bought and sold? Or aren’t we all involved, whether producing, selling, writing, and critiquing art, whether learning or teaching how to make art?

This symposium is meant to offer fundamental insights into some of the contemporary art market’s structures and hopefully inspire further debate, critique and discourse. Four experts from different sectors of the art world will share their knowledge and experience. Vesselina Sarieva, director of Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and a driving force behind the creation and development of a contemporary art scene in the country, will talk about her work both as a dealer and mediator of contemporary art. Christian Kaspar Schwarm, strategist, collector, and founder of Independent Collectors, Berlin, will discuss the pleasures of owning, living and conversing with contemporary art. Marie-Kathrin Krimphoff, Senior Art Consultant, Bergos Berenberg AG, Zurich, will offer a deeper understanding of an investor’s perspective on contemporary art; and Anna-Catharina Gebbers, curator at the Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, will speak about the relationship between private collections and public institutions.


Introduction by Astrid Mania
Professor for art criticism and modern art history at HFBK Hamburg

Vesselina Sarieva
Director Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

13.00 lunch break

Christian Kaspar Schwarm
Strategist, collector, founder of Independent Collectors, Berlin

Marie-Kathrin Krimphoff
Senior Art Consultant, Bergos Berenberg AG, Zürich

Anna-Catharina Gebbers
Curator, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

Final discussions

The symposium is organized by Prof. Dr. Astrid Mania.

With the support of HFBK and Erasmus students Merve Akal, Sarah Drath, Saki Ho, Niki Lampada, Rizki Lazuardi, Anne Meerpohl, and Julia Romas.

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