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Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies


The Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies (fokum) 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.

Management & Coordination


The Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies is based on an idea of Dorothee Wimmer, and was founded by her together with Bénédicte Savoy and Johannes Nathan in 2012.


Founding members


When art is traded for money the world is mesmerized by record prices – but also suspicious of the processes by which these are obtained. Strangely, however, the art market has rarely been the subject of sustained research.

The Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies (fokum), founded in 2012 at TU Berlin, regularly presents lecturesresearch and publication projects, as well as international workshops und conferences in order to discuss and deepen current research on the art market and its relations to other aspects of the art world.

The Journal for Art Market Studies, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies, will lend further international visibility to these activities.

Additionally, 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.


Latest Issue: Journal for Art Markt Studies (JAMS)


Asian Art: The Formation of Collections
Volume 4, Number 2, 2020

Guest Editors:
Alexander Hofmann, Christine Howald, Nick Pearce

Link: https://fokum-jams.org/index.php/jams/issue/view/13

Ninth Issue: Journal for Art Market Studies (JAMS)


Africa: Trade, Traffic and Collections
Volume 4, Number 1, 2020

Guest Editor: 
Felicity Bodenstein, Sorbonne Université, Paris

Link: https://fokum-jams.org/index.php/jams/issue/view/12



Dr. Ute Haug, Hamburg

Deutsche Kunstmuseen als Akteure im Kunsthandel: „Vergangene Werke“ der Hamburger Kunsthalle – ein Werkstatt-Bericht

Date: accessible from 31/05/2021
Kuk TU Berlin YouTube Link: follows


Dr. Dorothee Wimmer, Berlin

Kunstpropaganda und Marktmacht: Rembrandt im Nationalsozialismus

Date: accessible from 03/05/2021
KuK TU Berlin YouTube – Link: follows


Prof. Dr. Matthieu Leimgruber, Zurich

Kriegsgeschäfte, Kapital und Kunsthaus: Die Entstehung der Sammlung Bührle im historischen Kontext



Prof. Dr. Natasha Degen, New York

Between Crisis and Contingency: The Art Market Today and Its Post-Pandemic Future



Prof. Dr. Nils Büttner, Stuttgart

Ein originaler Rubens? Von Expertise, Kunstmarkt und Kunstwissenschaften



Prof. Dr. Isabelle Graw, Frankfurt a. M.

Der Wert der Kunst unter veränderten Vorzeichen 



Minh An Szabó de Bucs, Berlin 

Der chinesische Kunstmarkt im 21. Jahrhundert

Link: https://youtu.be/QFWz22ZHKWI

Podcast "Echt oder Fake? Das Problem mit den Kunstfälschungen


The lectures that René Allonge, Carolin Faude-Nagel and Johannes Nathan gave at the symposium "Objects on the Art Market: Original oder Fälschung – eine Frage der Expertise?" are available as a podcast in the series “Hörsaal” of Deutschlandfunk Nova.

Podcast "Echt oder Fake? Das Problem mit den Kunstfälschungen"

Symposium: "Objects on the Art Market: Original oder Fälschung – eine Frage der Expertise?”


Date: 15/11/2019, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; 16/11/2019, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Technische Universität Berlin, Hybrid Lab in the Villa Bell, Marchstraße 8, 10578 Berlin

The symposium is a cooperation of the Forum Kunst und Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies at TU Berlin with PD Dr. Waltraud M. Bayer (FWF-project “Private Kunstmuseen und Stiftungen russischer Oligarchen“ (P31388), Vienna).

Flyer Objects on the Art Market
Poster Objects on the Art Market
Booklet Objects on the Art Market
Podcast Wissen | rbbKultur

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