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Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies


The Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies examines market conditions and mechanisms of art production, trade and reception from its beginnings to the present day, particularly since the beginning of the modern age. It links the activities of various institutions and scholars in the thematic field of the art market.


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CFP: Art Market and Art Collecting (Berlin/Paris, Nov 18/Mar 19)

Deadline for submissions: 14 September 2018

In 2018/2019, the Forum Kunst und Markt/Centre for Art Market Studies at Technische Universität Berlin in partnership with the Centre Georg Simmel at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris is organising the research programme “Art Market and Art Collecting from 1900 to the Present in Germany and France”. The programme’s thematic emphasis is research into the art market and art collecting in national and transnational networks in Germany and France as well as how they relate to art and cultural policy. The project is funded by the Université franco-allemande/Deutsch-Französische Hochschule.

Download: CFP German-French Research Programme 2018-2019



Otto Feldmann, undated; the only known photo of the art dealer; “Picasso – Negerplastik”. Catalogue for the exhibition of the Neue Galerie, Berlin

Evening LectureFranzösische und deutsche Avantgarde in Berlin. Otto Feldmanns ‚Neue Galerie‘ 1913/14

Prof. Dr. Rainer Stamm, Oldenburg, will give an evening lecture at the Center for Art Market Studies on the topic: "Französische und deutsche Avantgarde in Berlin. Otto Feldmanns ‚Neue Galerie‘ 1913/14."

Date: 09/07/2018, 6:15 pm
Venue: Room A 111, Architecture Building of the TU, Straße des 17. Juni 150/152, 10623 Berlin





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The Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies (Fokum) @TUBerlin is on Twitter now. Follow @fokumberlin on Twitter:







International Conference: The Global Power of Private Museums: Arts and Publics – States and Markets (Berlin, November 16–18, 2017)


  • Technische Universität Berlin: Bénédicte Savoy (Fachgebiet Kunstgeschichte der Moderne / Collège de France), Dorothee Wimmer (Centre for Art Market Studies)
  • Julia Voss (2016/17 Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)
  • Forum Transregionale Studien: Hannah Baader (Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices / Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz), Georges Khalil

Funded by: 
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

Media partner: 
L.I.S.A. - Das Wissenschaftsportal der Gerda Henkel Stiftung

CFP The Global Power of Private Museums
Flyer The Global Power of Private Museums
Poster_The Global Power of Private Museums
Booklet The Global Power of Private Museums

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research, 14.11.2017

„Das Privatmuseum als Chance?“ (RiffReporter, 11.12.2017) 




Fourth Issue: Journal for Art Market Studies 
Translocations and the Art Market
Volume 2, Number 2, 2018

Ever since antiquity, the art market and the translocation of art have been closely related. The fourth issue of the Journal for Art Market Studies explores aspects of translocation facilitated by the art market, for example through lucrative trade in looted art as under the Nazis, the skillful exploitation of economic opportunities by wealthy overseas buyers, politically induced sales of national cultural assets as after the Russian Revolution, or the trade in colonial objects whose acquisition circumstances are often unknown.

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Lecture Series

The lecture series of the Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies promotes interdisciplinary and interinstitutional exchange for current research.

 Summer Term 2018

  • Monday, 23/04/2018, 6:15 pm: Dr. Elisabeth Furtwängler, Berlin: Repertorium zum französischen Kunstmarkt während der deutschen Besatzung: Kooperationsprojekt Berlin / Paris
  • Monday, 28/05/2018, 6:15 pm: Dr. Meike Hopp, München / Sophie Kriegenhofer M.A., München: „Museum progressing rapidly”: Der Kunsthändler Julius Böhler (1883-1966), der amerikanische Kunstmarkt und das Ringling Museum of Art in Florida
  • Monday, 25/06/2018, 6:15 pm: Prof. Dr. Sophie Raux, Lyon: Mapping and 3D Visualization of European markets: Gersaint, Watteau and the Pont Notre Dame in the early 18th Century
  • Monday, 09/07/2018, 6:15 pm: Prof. Dr. Rainer Stamm, Oldenburg: Französische und deutsche Avantgarde in Berlin. Otto Feldmanns ‚Neue Galerie‘ 1913/14




Journal for Art Market Studies Archive

The Journal for Art Market Studies (JAMS) is a peer-reviewed open-access journal for current international research on the art market of all periods. The articles are published in English.

Published by Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies


Exhibiting Art for Sale

Volume 2, Number 1, 2018

The third issue of the Journal for Art Market Studies is dedicated to the exhibition space of the art market. What are the historical and current interrelations between exhibition strategies and sales transactions?

The themes of the articles range from contemporary New York art galleries, art fairs, modern art galleries in Paris and Berlin at the beginning of the 20th century, to art trade palaces built in Munich around 1900, as well as American barbershops of the late 18th and early 19th century.  




Theories of the Art Market: Data – Value – History

Volume 1, Number 2, 2017

Is Art Market Studies a discipline in its own right, or rather a research focus area? And if it is a research focus area, then which discipline does it belong to? Art history? Economic or social history? Sociology? Economics of culture?

In this second issue "Theories of the Art Market: Data – Value – History" we ask about the theories of art market research and their different approaches, methods and objectives. We ask from an art history perspective which is quite open to transdisciplinary approaches.




The Pricing of Art. Makers – Markets – Museums

Volume 1, Number 1, 2017

This first issue of our open access Journal for Art Market Studies does not seek to provide estimates of artwork prices. Instead, "The Pricing of Art. Makers - Markets - Museums" focuses on analysing how market players and institutions in the “art market system” have combined to affect the pricing of art, both now and in the past.

The aim is to present selected case studies which offer representative insights into different countries, periods, networks and phenomena from the perspective of art and museum historians, economists, and sociologists.



Workshops and Conferences

The Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies hosts international workshops and conferences on the key themes of historical art market research.

  • International Symposium November 2017: The Global Power of Private Museums more
  • Workshop November 2016: Art Markets and Politics more
  • Conference October 2016: All the Beauty of the World more
  • Workshop November 2015: Artists on the Market more
  • Workshop November 2014: Der Ausstellungsraum im Kunstmarkt more
  • Workshop November 2013: Kunstmarkt Berlin. 18. - 21. Jh. more
  • Workshop October 2012: Der Preis der Kunst more

International Network for Young Scholars

The Network for Young Scholars sustains the communication among young researchers in the field of a long-term cultural history of the art market, supporting particularly the development of innovative methods for exploring the relationship between artworks as art historical objects and their cultural and financial economy.


  • Dr. des. Lukas Fuchsgruber


  • lfuchsgruber(at)mailbox.tu-berlin.de


  • Friday/Saturday, 10./11.06.2016: "Theories of the Art Market. Second Meeting of the Young Scholars Initiative of the Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies"
    Location: TU Berlin, Room FH 604, Fraunhoferstraße 33-36, 10587 Berlin
  • Friday, 13.11.2015: "Theory, Sources, Tools. First Meeting of the Young Scholars Initiative of the Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies"
    Location: TU Berlin, Architecture Building, Room A 083, Straße des 17. Juni 150/152, 10623 Berlin


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