The role of collectors, the prospects of the Russian market, services for collectors and the introduction of New Technologies in art
Russian and foreign collectors, art market professionals, students of specialized educational programs
Leading experts in the field of contemporary art from the UK, USA, the Netherlands, China, and Switzerland
On April 23, 2019 collectors and experts in contemporary art from UK, USA, the Netherlands and China came to Moscow. As a part of Сube.Moscow gala-opening the 1st International Summit of Collectors of Contemporary Art was held. During the summit experts discussed the situation on the Russian and global art markets, the role of collecting and the necessity of the latest technologies implementation.
Cube.Collectors is an annual summit bringing together contemporary art collectors, addressing issues of the volatile art market and coming up with solutions by a group of international experts. The aim of the forum is to unite Russian and international experts in contemporary art, gallerists, representatives of auction houses, museums, educational establishments and other professionals in the art sphere.
The speakers of Cube.Collectors Summit 2019 were the leading experts in the field of contemporary art from the UK, USA, Netherlands, China, Switzerland and Russia. They shared their international experience, discussed the role of collectors in promoting contemporary art, the peculiarities of the Russian art market in the World context and the influence of New Technologies on the approach to collecting art.
Dr. Uli Sigg is a Swiss media executive, art patron, China expert, founder of the first joint venture between China and the outside world and created the most substantial collection of Chinese Contemporary Art world- wide. He was ambassador to China, North Korea and Mongolia in the mid-1990s. He is currently a board member of several international companies and a member of the advisory board of China Development Bank. Uli Sigg is well-known as an art collector to a wide circle of people. He began to collect Chinese contemporary art in the 1990s. As a result, he accumulated the world's largest and most significant collection in this field within a few decades. Sigg personally knows many of the artists, whose works form part of the collection. In 2012, he donated 1,500 Chinese contemporary artworks to M+, Hong Kong's future museum for visual arts. He is a member of the International Council of MoMA, New York and of the International Advisory Council of Tate Gallery, London.
Head of the Credit Suisse Collection
Dr André Rogger is based in Zurich and has been heading Credit Suisse's Art Collection since 2007. He acquires and curates the art work displays in the bank's several hundred buildings in Switzerland and abroad. Serving as a jury member for the Credit Suisse and Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists is his central assignment in Russia, and apart from his involvement in the award, over the past years, works by six Russian artists were assembled by him for Credit Suisse's Moscow office (Sveta Shuvaeva, Evgeny Antufiev, Artem Filatov, Ilya Fedotov-Fëdorov, Asya Marakulina, and Zhenya Mironov). André is a Swiss national and was trained as an art historian in Basel, Edinburgh, and Santa Monica/CA. Before joining Credit Suisse, he was the collection's curator at Kunstmuseum Luzern (Switzerland), and he also worked as an art critic and in higher education for many years. He regularly publishes essays and books on historical and contemporary art, e.g. in 2011 the first catalogue book of Credit Suisse's Art Collection, which were followed by several additions on the more recent acquisitions.
Alistair Hicks is the author of the survey of 21st century contemporary art, Global Art Compass. In 2019 he has curated two exhibitions, The Time Needs Changing at the Pera Museum, Istanbul, and The Crime of Mr Adolf Loos at the Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp. He has been an art critic for such diverse publications as The Spectator, The Times and Vogue. He wrote School of London (Phaidon, 1989) and New British Art in the Saatchi Collection, (Thames & Hudson, 1989). He is currently working on two separate books on Francis Bacon and Istanbul. For eighteen years, Hicks was the Senior Curator at Deutsche Bank while also acting as an independent curator of shows such as Raymond Pettibon and Marko Maetamm at Kumu, the National Gallery of Estonia. He was an advisor for Deutsche Bank clients and independently for other companies including Man Group for whom he built the Man Booker library.
Selina is a specialist in contemporary art with over 15 years of professional experiences both in Asia and Europe. She is currently Director of CoBo, Asia's first Community platform for collectors that advocates the enrichment of the art ecosystem in Asia. She is also Editor-in-Chief of CoBo Social, an online media outlet focuses on Asian Contemporary Art. Before launching CoBo in 2016, Selina was based in Paris and Brussels between 2004 – 2014, she has a network traversing the Asian and Western art world. She founded initiArt Magazine and S.initiatives – Curatorial and Art Consultancy in 2011. Selina was Editor-in-Chief of Whitewall China in 2014 - 2015. Selina has published extensively on her research projects as well as on general issues regarding contemporary art and culture.
Founder, Matthew Stephenson Art Consultancy
An independent art consultant, specialist in 19th, 20th century and contemporary art, with a particular interest in the art of Russia and Eastern Europe. Chair of The Board of Trustees of The Photographers' Gallery, London, the only public gallery in the United Kingdom dedicated entirely to photography. International representative for The Archipenko Foundation and Estate; promoting the work and legacy of sculptor Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964). An Expert Advisor to the Arts Council, UK. Previously worked as Managing Director of Christie's Russia and International Senior Director at PACE Gallery in London.
CEO, ARTinvestment.RU & AI Auctions
Co-founder of ARTinvestment.RU – the only one in Russia, and the most comprehensive in the world, online portal containing the database of auction results of Russian artists. Supervises the development of the project since 2008. Since 2013, also runs the AI Auctions. Expert on the Russian art market. Author and host of a series of seminars on art investment in Russia.
Founder, Fragment Gallery
Founder of the Fragment contemporary art gallery, recognized in Russia and abroad. His instagram @guschin is the most popular contemporary art blog art in Russian-language internet zone having more than 300 thousand subscribers. There Sergey talks about art, business, gallery owner's weekdays and artists. Co-author of the Russian best-selling book "Contemporary Art and How to Stop Being Afraid of It."
curator, art manager, collector
Head of the Art-Management and Gallery Business faculty at the RMA business school, one of the initiators of the creation of the Winzavod modern art center, curator and producer of many exhibition projects. Since the end of the 90s has started collecting. His collection includes works of Russian contemporary artists Semyon Agroskin, Nikita Alekseev, Georgy Guryanov, Alexei Kallima, Yegor Koshelev, Sergei Lotsmanov, Igor Makarevich, Kirill Makarov, Timur Novikov, Vova Nutok, Timofey Parshchikov, Pavel Peppershtein, Valeiry Chtak, Sergey Shutov, Misha Most, Pasha 183.
Director of Operations, ARCIS Art Storage, USA
Roxanna served as Chief Operating Officer of Christie's Americas, where she was responsible for client services, bids, auctions, gallery operations, security, logistics, and storage. She designed a multi-use fine art storage + production facility and led teams of more than 100 employees. She authored several strategy proposals, instituted a succession plan and was a key member of the launch of online auctions- Christie's LIVE.During her term at Christie's, Roxanna attended the INSEAD Executive Leadership in Art Program, becoming one of the leaders of Christie's global strategy. Subsequently, Roxanna served as Senior Vice President of Auctions and Private Sales at artnet. Her responsibilities included a strategic redesign of the auction and private sales division and online platform – a project that was awarded a Webby Award Honoree. Most recently, Ms. Zarnegar has been engaged in advising private equity firms on auction marketplaces and art market startups. She regularly speaks and moderates' panels at art fairs and conferences. Roxanna specializes in strategic management with a concentration in supply chain innovation for the art world. She is currently adjunct faculty at Parsons, The New School MS of Strategic Design + Management and Sotheby's Institute of Art Masters in Art Business. Roxanna received her MBA with a concentration in International Business from Franklin University, Switzerland and CW Post University.
Founder, BALTZER auction agency
Board member of the International Confederation of Antiques and Art Dealers. Graduated from the S.G. Stroganov Art Academy as a decorator (furniture and interiors). In 1991, Gregory Balzer opened the first privately owned furniture store in Moscow, as well as a design studio, and in the following years a group of modern furniture salons. Since 1998, he has been engaged in recreating historic interiors, in which most of the items were bought at world auctions. One of the most ambitious projects of Grigori Balzer was the transportation of a hunting lodge from an old estate in Ireland. In 2013, he founded his own auction agency, Baltzer Auction Agency & Services, which helps collectors and amateurs to purchase and sell items at auctions around the world, and also provides all the additional services: artworks search, restoration of provenance, participation in auctions, payment, delivery, restoration, installation. At present the agency works with 823 auction houses.
Head of Fine Art Insurance Division, HQ at AlfaStrakhovanie, Russia
Considered the leading underwriter (specialist in the insurance of cultural property) in Russia. Previously, he was the General Director of Insurance Broker for Cultural Property Insurance, and worked in the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation in the Restitution Section of the Department for the Preservation of Cultural Property. Advisor to the civil service of the 3rd class. In 1998-2000 Andrey Kucha headed the Department of Foreign Relations and Exhibitions of the State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin.
Managing Partner, FineArtWay
Specialist in logistics of art objects. Graduated from Moscow International University (entrepreneurship in culture), University of Haifa, Israel (management). The company FineArtWay acted as a logistics partner of the exhibitions: "El Lissitzky", "Demand I and II", "Abstraction and Image" by G. Richter, "My Scarlet Homeland" by A. Kapoor, "Andy Warhol" (Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center), Triennale, Marina Abramovich: The Artist Is Present (Garage Museum), personal exhibition by Aidan Salakhova (MMOMA), IV Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia XXI (The Hague, Museum Beelden aan Zee), A. Labas in the State Russian Museum, COSMOSCOW art fair.
curator, art historian, art consultant
Dr Thomas Berghuis is a curator, consultant and researcher of contemporary international art, with a specialization in contemporary art in China and Indonesia. Berghuis is currently contracted as Program Director for Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation, supporting art and artists from South Asia, and beyond, in critical international art contexts. An eminent scholar and researcher of contemporary Chinese art and contemporary Indonesian art, Berghuis previously worked as Lecturer in Art History at the University of Amsterdam (2017-2019) and the University of Leiden (2018); Founding Director of Museum MACAN in Jakarta (2015-2016); Curator of Chinese Art at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2013-2015; and Lecturer in Asian Art History at the University of Sydney (2008-2013). Berghuis has curated several critically acclaimed exhibitions, including Crossing the Tide: Tuvalu Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Wang Jianwei: Time Temple at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2014-15); Suspended Histories at Museum van Loon in Amsterdam (2013-14); and (co-curator) Edge of Elsewhere, Sydney, Australia (2010–2012). Berghuis holds an MA in Chinese Studies from Leiden University and a PhD in Asian Art History from the University of Sydney.
Bernadine Bröcker Wieder
Co-Founder and CEO, Vastari Group
Bernadine Bröcker Wieder is CEO and Co-Founder of Vastari Group, an online platform securely connecting private collectors of art, exhibition producers, venues and museums for exhibition loans and tours. She was a founding member of the team at Trinity House gallery on Maddox Street in London and has worked with illustrators at Traffic Creative Management agency and on museum exhibition design at Ralph Appelbaum Associates New York. Bernadine is a member of the Professional Advisors to the International Art Market, the Association of Women in the Arts and the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars. Bernadine holds a Master's degree in History of Art and Art-World Practice from Christie's Education / The University of Glasgow and a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, New York. She is a young ambassador to the Museum of London, an advisor to We Are Museums, Cromwell Place, the Christie's Employers Advisory Group and a mentor at the Founder Institute. In 2018 she was selected for Apollo Magazine's 40 under 40 Europe, and Bernadine and co-founder Francesca Polo were shortlisted for the Natwest Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2017. Bernadine is a huge proponent of technological innovation for the art world, and in July 2018, Vastari helped co-organise the first Christie's Art+Tech Summit in London, focussing on blockchain technology.
Founder, Blockchain Art Collective
Jacqueline O'Neill is passionate about leveraging art and technology to design and develop equitable and sustainable urban and social systems. She began developing her blockchain and IoT expertise in 2016 and grew this while serving as Director of Product Marketing at Chronicled. She now runs Blockchain Art Collective, an authenticity and provenance-tracking platform in use by artists and galleries today. The company leverages blockchain and IoT technologies to empower artists to make a career out of art, while helping arts institutions manage their art assets more effectively. Prior to that, she worked in architecture, planning and design for cultural institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History, Clark Art Institute, and Studio Museum of Harlem. She managed real estate portfolio operations for JP Morgan Chase across multiple regions in the U.S., and co-architected and created shared database tools for two companies to improve their project management capabilities. Jacqueline is also a practicing visual artist. She earned her B.A. in Studio Art and Philosophy from Colgate University, has produced work for The New Yorker, and exhibited in Brooklyn.
art economist, co-founder, Artherium
An economist in the field of art, professional manager of cultural projects, art investment & collection management consultant. Denis graduated from Kiev State University of Theatre, Cinema and Television (art management), Russian State University of Cinematography (movie producer), Sotheby's Institute of Art )art finance). He held the position of Managing Director of the Contemporary Asian Art Fair at GAAB (Warsaw) and Project Manager of the Peter Konchalovsky Foundation (Moscow). Permanent participant of international conferences and forums on the marketing and economy of the field of art. Author of educational programs and Mass Media publications on museum marketing, art banking, career management of artists and asset management. Founder of the art financial blog ARTFINEX. Member of the Board of the International Association of Asian Art Collectors. In 2017, he acted as a co-founder of the Artherium start-up, a collection management system on the blockchain.
April 23, 2019
PANEL 1: Collector on the Changing Market
Uli Sigg, Collector, businessman, Switzerland André Rogger, Head of the Credit Suisse Collection, Switzerland Alistair Hicks, Independent curator, art historian, UK Selina Ting, Director, CoBo, Hong Kong
PANEL 2: The Russian Art Market
Matthew Stephenson, Founder, Matthew Stephenson Art Consultancy, UK Sergey Gushchin, Founder, Fragment Gallery, Russia Nikolay Palazhсhenko, Curator, art manager, collector, Russia Konstantin Babulin, CEO, ARTinvestment.RU & AI Auctions, Russia
PANEL 3: Collection Management Tools
Roxanna Zarnegar, Director of Operations, ARCIS Art Storage, USA Grigory Baltzer,Founder, Baltzer auction agency, Russia Andrey Kucha, Head of Fine Art Insurance Division, HQ at AlfaStrakhovanie, Russia Diana Motsonashvili, Managing Partner, FineArtWay, Russia
PANEL 4: Collectors and Tech
Thomas Berghuis, Independent Curator, art historian, the Netherlands Jacqueline O'Neill,Founder, Blockchain Art Collective, USA Bernadine Bröcker Wieder, CEO and Co-founder, Vastari Group, UK Denis Belkevich, Co-founder, Artherium, USA
Cube.Moscow platform was opened on February 14, 2019 on the -2nd floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow hotel building. It is an innovative venue designed to extend the cultural dialogue between Russian and international art communities, to establish closer cooperation between the art market members and to enhance the impact of the Russian contemporary art at the international scene. >>>
Supporting the global trend, the Cube establishes a new mode of interaction for all the representatives of the art community, a more efficient business model, responsive and ready to change in accordance with fluctuating needs of the global art market, as well as to create collaborative initiatives intended to cut costs in the art business segments. It will also heighten the interest in contemporary art and broaden the number of prospect collectors >>>
Cube.Moscow will encourage Russian artists to directly communicate with international curators and art dealers, the curators will be offered to initiate innovative artistic projects, and galleries will be able to successfully bring their plans on the promotion of artists into effect. Being an educational and discussion venue, Cube.Moscow will create additional opportunities for involvement of Russian viewers to the modern art process >>>
The Cube project opens under the patronage of Dr. Uli Sigg, a Swiss businessman and collector, one of the most eminent collectors of works by Chinese artists, who played a crucial role in bringing Chinese artists to the West and its establishment as a global art trend. The Sigg Collection is universally recognized as the largest, most comprehensive and important collection in the world of Chinese contemporary art from the 1970s to the present. The New York Times called Uli Sigg a champion for the contemporary Chinese art. In 1995, when the collector just got into this business, there were only a few galleries, and he worked with the artists directly. In 2012, he donated 1500 of his works to Hong Kong M+Museum for Visual Culture. Uli Sigg is a member of the International Council of MOMA and the International Advisory Council of Tate Gallery, London, as well as Member of Acquisitions Committee and Member of Board in M+ Museum of Visual Culture in Hong Kong >>>
The Cгbe.Moscow headquarter is located on the -2nd floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow hotel, occupying the area of 1300 m2. During the year, the exhibition Cube.Space will accommodate international curators' exhibition projects, training programs within Cube.Education and there will be also an experimental Cube.Lab venue where emerging Russian artists will have the opportunity to meet international curators and communicate with gallery agents directly. Spaces for 10 permanent and pop-up projects (Cube.Galleries and Cube.Pop-up) were designed following the example of iconic art fairs, and an art repository has been constructed for the convenience of art dealers >>>
Once in two months, the Cube will arrange Cube.Weekends to present works of modern artists to the wide audience and to invite the visitors to participate in lectures, excursions, and art meetings, taking place at the same time. To extend the boundaries of modern art, Cube.Tours will offer group and individual art tours with fine art experts to the top world art centres. Young art lovers are invited to Сube.Kids, an interactive course for kids aged 6 to 10 >>>
In the Cube.Bar, visitors will be able to discuss their impressions over a cup of coffee, souvenirs and books will be available at Cubed.Shop.
"I've already seen the rise of art in China, and now I am interested in taking part in the project carried out in Russia by Nadezhda Zinovskaya and Elena Belonogova. I was amazed by their enthusiasm when I met them. They've invited me to support their ideas, and here I am"
"The Cube platform is much wider than the Cube.Moscow space. We plan to launch many programs in the coming months and create a foundation to support Contemporary Russian art. Educational programs will start soon, workshops for artists, curators and critics who will be able to carry out their projects in the framework of Cube. If we talk about the exhibition component of Cube, it is divided into two parts: the gallery cluster, which represents 10 galleries and a non-commercial exhibition space, which will host exhibitions of both Cube residents and independent curators throughout the year"
"One of the today's trends of the global markets is about various forms of collaborations. We share an interest in this trend, as it facilitates the exchange of skills and experience, complex judgments on situations, a joint creation of new concepts, exchange of information and participation in collaborative projects. In particular, one of such forms is joint participation in international art fairs, and as early as in December of 2018 together with five other galleries we took part in one of the satellites of Art Basel Miami"
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