Student Blog: TIAMSA Conference 2018 – Section 5: Launching TIAMSA Legal by Kirsten Pilling

The classical pathway of most art history students leads from learning the basics about architecture and iconography, to the study of the Italian Renaissance, to the confrontation with the avant-garde movements and contemporary art. However, most students never reach the point at which they actually deal with questions of the art market, and in particular its legal challenges – a situation which is particularly surprising given the fact that many of them have ended up, or will end up, in workplaces like galleries, auction houses or other institutions dealing with the more commercial side of art. Therefore, logically, it is usually only a matter of time until one is confronted with a situation in which a certain level of instinct for legal matters is helpful or even actual knowledge is required.

The fact that the second TIAMSA Conference dedicated a whole section to the legal aspects of the art market, and also has a newly founded sub-committee “TIAMSA Legal”, consisting of practitioners as well as academics involved in the art law, responds exactly to that gap and need for transdisciplinary action and information. Altogether four speakers presented and discussed legal challenges and existing initiatives currently present in the art market:

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ANN: Registration open – Responsible Art Market Initiative 3rd edition (Geneva, 1st February 2019)

Registrationare now open for the 3rdResponsible Art Market Initiative event, Geneva, 1st February here: Programme available here:

For its third conference, the Responsible Art Market Initiative (RAM) will focus on “responsible art market measures in practice”, with workshops built around the “RAM Transaction Due Diligence Toolkit”. These workshops will illustrate how RAM’s toolkit, with its risk-based approach to client, artwork and transaction due diligence, can help art professionals and businesses navigate difficult situations and answer challenging questions. This conference will also consider the impact of the 5th European Anti-Money Laundering Directive on the Swiss and European art markets.

Confirmed speakers so far include Georgina Adam (Financial Times and The Art Newspaper, London), Philippe Davet (Blondeau & Cie, Geneva), Aude Lemogne (Link Management, Luxembourg), Jean-Bernard Schmid (Ochsner & Associés, Geneva) and Roland Foord (Stephenson Harwood, London). The conference program and registration details will be available shortly.

ANN: Responsible Art Market Initiative (RAM) event: Geneva, 1st February 2019

We are delighted to invite you to the third Responsible Art Market Initiative conference:

A Responsible Art Market in Practice

Friday, 1 February 20198:30 am–1:00 pmGeneva

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TIAMSA Legal: Third All Art and Cultural Heritage Law Conference, Saturday 10th November, 2018

The Art-Law Centre and the UNESCO Chair in the International Law of the Protection of Cultural Heritage of the University of Geneva are proud to invite you to participate in the “Third All Art and Cultural Heritage Law Conference”. This event will take place at the University of Geneva on Saturday 10 November 2018.

This conference is jointly organised by the Art-Law Centre and the Art Law Foundation. Programme and registration form are available here:

TIAMSA Legal: Art Market Conference in Geneva

TIAMSA Legal would like to inform you of the up-coming conference Cross-border movement of works of art in Europe – freedom or constraints being held at the University of Geneva on 9th November, 2018

More information available at: