Hugo Helbing Lecture – Exploring the Art Market, Munich

The 2017 Hugo Helbing Lecture – Exploring the Art Market

Prof. Craig Clunas (University of Oxford): „Marketing Art in China
from Ming to Modernity“

26 April 2017, 7pm
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich
Großer Lesesaal

China is the site of what is the longest continuous art market tradition in the world, but that does not mean it is unchanged over time. This talk will focus on two particular moments of intense market activity in China, the early seventeenth century and the early twentieth century, to examine the continuities and differences between these two era. The diary of a late Ming ‘man of culture’, rich in the detail of an elite collector’s lifestyle, will be juxtaposed with the mass culture of newspaper advertisements placed by artists in Republican Shanghai; these texts, and the artworks they describes, will act as a focus for an investigation of the art market in China from Ming to modernity.

Hugo Helbing (1863–1938) was the founder and director of one of Germany’s foremost auction houses, the market leader in the German speaking countries between c. 1900 and 1935. At his headquarters in Munich, his branch offices in Frankfurt am Main and Berlin, as well as abroad, Helbing held more than 800 auctions, many of outstanding importance. His exquisite catalogues defined new standards in their exemplary assessment of objects and contributed significantly to Germany’s competitive position in the international art trade at the time. Helbing, who was honoured with many awards for his achievements and magnanimity, also published scholarly periodicals, among them the Monatsberichte über Kunstwissenschaft und Kunsthandel. Due to his Jewish origin Helbing was murdered in the wake of the ‘Reichspogromnacht’ in 1938.

The Hugo Helbing Lecture – Exploring the Art Market commemorates his achievements every year. It was first held in 2016 on the occasion of the donation of annotated auction catalogues from his firm to the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich.

For detailed information see:

http://www.zikg.eu/veranstaltungen/2017/the-hugo-helbing-lecture-exploring-the-art-market

CONF : All the Beauty in the World, Berlin, 13-15 Oct 2016

poster_all-the-beauty-of-the-worldAll the Beauty of the World. The Western Market for non-European. Artefacts (18th-20th century)

Bauakademie am Schinkelplatz, 10117 Berlin, October 13 – 15, 2016

In the wake of the Western expansion, a fast growing number of non-European artefacts entered the European market. They initially made their way into princely cabinets of curiosities. Made possible by the forced opening and exploitation of more and more parts of the world and pushed by social and technological changes of the time, the 18th century brought a boom of the market of non-European artefacts in Europe. This came along with the emergence of a broader collecting culture and the development of a rich museumscape.

This market and its development between 18th and 20th century in terms of actors and networks involved, methods and places of exchange and monetary and ideological value of the objects are in the focus of an international symposium organized by the Institute for Art History in cooperation with the Center for Art Market Studies at Technical University Berlin, the Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine (CNRS) and the Labex TransferS (PSL) in Paris.

Convenors: Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy, Dr. Christine Howald (Technische Universität Berlin), Dr. Charlotte Guichard (Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine/CNRS, Paris)

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