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15 February 2024

Restitution obligation? The treatment of cultural property from problematic contexts

The aim of the conference Restitution obligation? The treatment of cultural property from problematic contexts is to define the elements that make it possible to document the trajectory of a cultural object - from its original location to its current location - and to clarify the legal impact that this provenance may have on the enjoyment of the object by its owner.

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16 November 2023

Digital art | Artificial intelligence and NFTs in the art market

The fascination exerted by digital art, whether works of art created using artificial intelligence tools or NFTs (non-fungible tokens), is leading many people (creators, collectors, investors, museums, technology companies and other art professionals) to join this market. These burgeoning new art forms have the potential to revolutionise the art market. They do, however, raise a number of legal and practical issues.

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26 September 2023
9:00am - 12:45 pm BST

Intelligence Applied: What’s next for the UK art market?

Innovative and adaptive:  Qualities the UK art market has demonstrated to stay competitive in 2023. As we look ahead to 2024, what can we learn from developments in recent months to shape the UK art market of tomorrow ? From Artificial Intelligence, to AML interventions and keeping artwork on the move.  Just some of the “hot topics” our expert speakers will be unpacking in this fast-paced seminar with 100% human intelligence applied !

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27 January 2023

RAM Annual Conference | Evolutions in Collecting Art: Practices and Challenges

We are delighted to invite you to the upcoming annual conference of the Responsible Art Market (RAM) Initiative on Friday, 27 January 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This 7th annual RAM conference aims to demystify the collecting journey, unpacking the ethics of collecting contemporary art and the issues which arise in lending to and funding art institutions. Collectors are the life blood of the art market.  As collecting habits evolve, what practices and challenges do collectors and patrons face in their interactions with artists, galleries and institutions ?

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10 November 2022
8:30am - 5pm

Infractions pénales dans le marché de l’art

Theft, fraud and illegal imports - the soaring prices of works of art and collectors' items also attract the interest of dishonest people who set up sometimes sophisticated schemes to acquire, sell or transit these objects, or even launder money. The aim of this conference is to examine the main criminal offences in the art market and to recall the diligence required of its actors.

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30 March 2022

Exclusive members’ event: The Samurai : Fine Japanese arms and armour

As part of our “exclusive members” events, we are delighted to send you the invitation from the directors of Sotheby's to the opening of the exhibition The Samurai : Fine Japanese arms and armour on Wednesday 30 March at 6:15 pm (Rue François-Diday 2 – 1204 Geneva)  We will be welcomed by Mrs Stéphanie Schleining, Director of the Fine Arts Department. Then we will have the privilege of a guided tour, in English, commented by Mr Mark Hinton, Specialist and Director of the Japanese Arts Department.

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1st March 2022

Philanthropy Lunch : Foundations and copyright – issues and risks

In Switzerland, there are numerous artists' foundations whose purpose is to manage their work, as well as, more generally, foundations involved in the cultural field. Some of them hold copyright which may generate important revenues. However, the holding of such rights by a foundation involves challenges and risks. Indeed, not only do these foundations often act as a gatekeeper to the market of the artist concerned, as abuses can be numerous, but they also carry out multiple activities to make his work known and to spread its influence. Insofar as these foundations are tax-exempt, they are nevertheless limited in their ability to engage in profit-making activities. This Philanthropy Lunch aims to examine the practical and legal issues facing copyright foundations.

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4 March 2022
1pm - 5.30pm

The Art Market in Action! RAM Annual Conference

This hybrid format conference will provide an opportunity to discover the work of a group of experts in the field, including a series of guidelines in the form of a practical guide. Following their presentation, several intermediaries will implement these guidelines by analysing a practical case study. The conference will also address the sustainability of the art market, exploring possible ways to reduce its carbon footprint.

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20 October 2021

Exclusive members’ event : Explore the universe of Chu Teh-Chun

We are delighted to invite you to our next “exclusive members” event, to explore the universe of Chu Teh-Chun | New ways of exhibiting the artist's work at the Centre de Arts of Ecolint on Wednesday 20 October 2021. You will have the opportunity to discover the world of Chu Teh-Chun through the immersive installation imagined by Christophe Fonseca, to discover the exhibition “draw the line” which brings together the works of ten artists and to watch the documentary dedicated to Chu Teh-Chun’s life and work.

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11 November 2021

Art transactions: risks and liabilities

The annual conference of the Art Law Foundation (ALF) and the Art Law Centre will address the main risks that can arise in transactions involving works of art and cultural property. The aim of this day is to examine the role of each actor involved in the transaction, such as the seller, the broker, the art dealer, the expert and the buyer. Themes covered will include ownership and provenance, authenticity and origin of funds, cross-border aspects, auction guarantees and contractual relations.

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11 September 2021

Exclusive members’ event | Art Paris

We are pleased to invite you to the first “exclusive members event” of the fall season, for an exceptional VIP visit of Art Paris at the Grand Palais Éphémère, Champ-de-Mars, Plateau Joffre, 75007 Paris on Saturday 11 September 2021 We will be welcomed at 10:30 am by Mrs Béatrice Guesnet-Micheli, VIP Relations Manager, and Mr Guillaume Piens, Fair Director. Then we will have the privilege of a private guided tour accompanied by an expert of the Observatory of contemporary art. Please note that the presentation will last 45 minutes and will be in French. At the entrance you will receive a “Prestige” pass, valid for two people for the entire duration of the fair.

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4 May 2021

Exclusive members event | Non-Fungible Tokens in the art market | the beginning of a digital art boom?

Non-Fungible tokens (NFTs) provide an opportunity to invest in and own digital works of art. Is the sale of such works a short term hype or a growing market trend of selling intangible art ?Gabriel Jaccard, tech lawyer and PhD candidate at the University of Geneva, Garrett Landolt, Postwar and contemporary art specialist at Christie’s and Leila Amineddoleh, art lawyer based in New York will explain how NFT works are created, address their market potential as well as the legal issues that they raise.

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11 September 2020

Exclusive members event: Art Paris Art Fair

(Français) Accès VIP à la foire, accueil par Madame Béatrice Guesnet-Micheli, responsable VIP & institutions, puis visite guidée exceptionnelle en compagnie d’un expert de l’Observatoire de l’art contemporain.

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7 May 2020

Exclusive members’ event: le marché du mobilier royal français 

Thanks to the kind collaboration of our partner Christie’s, we are pleased to offer you a virtual alternative, and to invite you to an online conference on : « De la Révolution Française aux tycoons contemporains, le marché du mobilier royal français » on Thursday 7 May, at 5 :30 pm. The presentation, in French, will be given by Mr Simon de Monicault, Head of Department, European Furniture & Works of Art.

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17 October 2019

The Art of Giving – Art law & philanthropy

The annual conference of the Art Law Foundation (ALF) and the Centre for Art Law (CDA), organised in partnership with the Centre for Philanthropy of the University of Geneva will focus on the topic of philanthropy and art. More precisely, this conference will be divided into four themes: art philanthropists, philanthropic structures, art foundations and museums.

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14 May 2019

Exclusive members’ event: Magnificient Jewels

Thanks to the kind cooperation of our partner Christie’s, we are delighted to offer you an additional “exclusive members” event on Tuesday 14 May 2019 at the Hotel des Bergues. We will have the privilege to attend a private tour by Mrs Marie-Cécile Cisamolo, Jewelry Specialist at Christie’s, who will guide us through the exhibition “Magnificient Jewels”.

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10 May 2019
1.30pm - 6pm

The gemstone market: from traceability to the responsibility of its actors

The Art Law Foundation is organising a conference hosted by the international gem and jewellery show GemGenève on the traceability of gemstones. Tracking and documenting the provenance of gemstones is a major issue to the industry. Several experts will assess current and potential avenues to ensure the traceability of gemstones. Moreover, the conference will address the due diligence responsibilities of dealers and customs law that applies to the trade.

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5 April 2019

Visit of Art Paris Art Fair

We are pleased to invite you to the second “exclusive members event” of 2019 for an exceptional VIP visit of Art Paris Art Fair on Friday 5 April at the Grand Palais in Paris

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19 March 2019

Visit of the Geneva Freeports

We are pleased to invite you to the first "exclusive members event" of the season, which will take place on Tuesday 19 March at Ports Francs et Entrepôts de Genève SA for an exceptional visit dedicated to the storage building launched in 2014.

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16 October 2018

Exclusive members event: art storage

We are pleased to invite you to our second "exclusive members" fall event, which will take place on Tuesday, 16 October, thanks to the kind assistance of our partner Iron Mountain for a unique visit dedicated to art storage.

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19 September 2018

Exclusive members event: CONTAINED | CONTENU

We are pleased to invite you to the first "exclusive members event" of the season, which will take place on Wednesday 19 September 2018 from 6 pm at the Musée de l’Ariana in Geneva for an exceptional visit of the exhibition « CONTAINED | CONTENU ».

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29 October 2018

Art Market and Due Diligence – Implementing the Obvious?

We are pleased to send you below the program of the conference on Art Market and Due Diligence – Implementing the Obvious  which will take place at schwarzescafé, Löwenbräu Areal in Zürich on 29 October at 5 pm. The ALF is glad to be a partner of this event, which is co-organized by the University of Zürich’s Art Market Studies program and the Kunstforum Zürich.

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18 April 2018

Photography and its various contractual aspects

Two years ago, the Art Law Foundation launched a new series of lectures entitled The Art of Contracts. This series aims, on the one hand, to critically analyse contracts used in the context of transactions, services and performances related to art, whether by artists, collectors, galleries, auction houses or museums and, on the other hand, to contribute to the development of this practice by proposing model contracts that can serve as a basis for artists and actors in the art market. We are pleased to inform you that the third part of this series will take place at Sotheby's in Geneva on 18 April 2018 and will cover the topic of Photography and its various contractual aspects

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6 April 2018

Exclusive members event: Art Paris Art Fair

See you in Paris on 6 April for a new "exclusive members" event in exceptional format since we invite you to join us for a VIP visit of Art Paris Art Fair, thanks to the kind collaboration of Mrs. Béatrice Guesnet Micheli. During this visit, we will have the opportunity to see the highlights of this year's fair, to which Switzerland is the guest of honour.

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18 January 2018

Exclusive members event: Digital Art Market

We are glad to invite you to the first 2018 "exclusive members event”, in collaboration with the Club du Musée de l’Elysée, which will take place on Thursday 18 January 2018 at 19.15 pm at the Hôtel Angleterre & Résidence (Place du Port – 1000 Lausanne 6). On this occasion, we offer you to take part, free of charge, to a conference held by Mr. Nicolas Galley, Director of the Executive Master in Art Market Studies program at the University of Zürich, on the Digital Art Market.

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2 February 2018

Building an Art Market 2.0

Join us for our second conference and launch of RAM’s “Art Due Diligence Toolkit”. We will be discussing the importance of due diligence and the place of technology in modern-day art transactions. What opportunities and threats do they present for art professionals and collectors?

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