The Art Market and the Museum: Ethics and Aesthetics of Institutional Collecting, Display and Patronage from c.1800 to the Present, TIAMSA 2021 Conference, 6 / 7 May, 3 June, 15 / 16 July 2021

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TIAMSA cordially invites you to its 2021 conference whose theme is the historic and contemporary intersections of the art market and museums. The conference will consider how art market stakeholders, including art dealers, collectors and patrons have, both historically and in more recent years, shaped museum collections and influenced exhibition practices.

This conference seeks to bridge the gap between academic study, the global art market, and professional museum practice, while providing inspiration for attendees to explore new research pathways. The interdisciplinary approach of the program encourages creative, cross-network conversations and the development of new approaches and actionable practices surrounding the intersection of the art market, the museums and academia. The conference will offer a unique opportunity for scholars, students, institutional professionals and commercial contributors from around the world to meet and tackle some of the most pressing questions facing the art and cultural sectors today. 

We have put together a phased programme which will now take place virtually (via Zoom) over 5 half-days on Thursday/Friday 6 – 7 May; Thursday 3 June; and Thursday/Friday 15 – 16 July 2021.

To see the full programme as a PDF, click here.


Thursday 6 May 2021
, 14:00–17:30BST
Sessions 1 & 2
14:00–Welcome and Introductions
Frances Fowle(University of Edinburgh/National Galleries of Scotland)
Veronika Korbei (TIAMSA) and Johannes Nathan(TIAMSA / Technische UniversitätBerlin)
Juan Cruz(Principal, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh)
Christopher Baker(Director of European and Scottish Art and Portraiture, National Galleries of Scotland)

Session 1–Museums and Art Dealers(Part I)
Chair: Nick Pearce(University of Glasgow)

14:20 –Diana Davis(Independent,UK): ‘The New Race of Connoisseurs’: Nineteenth Century Dealers and the Museum’
14:40 –Tsukasa Kodera (Osaka University): ‘Siegfried Bing as a Global Art Dealer and Promoter of Japonisme and Art Nouveau: His Activities in Japan’
15:00–ChristianHuemer (Belvedere Research Center): ‘Vienna1900–Building a Museum of ModernArt’


Session 2–Museums and Art Dealers (Part II)
Chair: Johannes Nathan (TIAMSA/ Technische UniversitätBerlin)

16:00 –Christel Force (Metropolitan Museum of Art/Independent, France): ‘Etienne Bignou: The Gallery as Antechamber of the Museum’
16:20 –Anne Helmreich, Sanda van Ginhovenand DiAndra Reyes(Getty Research Institute): ‘The Middle Men of Art: Knoedlers and the Building of the Great American Collections’

17:00–Networking / Discussion Sessions

17:25–Brief conclusions

Friday 7 May 2021,14:00–18:00 BST
Sessions 3 & 4


Session 3–Museums and Collectors /Patrons
Chair: Mark Westgarth (University of Leeds)

14:05 –Morgane Weinling (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne): ‘Trade, Art Market and Museum: Alfred Chauchard’s Legacy to the Louvre’
14:25 –Simon Spier (University of Leeds): ‘Creating the Bowes Museum: Collectors, Museums and the Market for Decorative Arts in the 1860s and 1870s’
14:45 –Alicia Hughes (Independent, UK): ‘Rosalind Birnie Philip: How one Woman Shaped the Legacy of James McNeill Whistler’
15:05 –Isobel MacDonald (British Museum): ‘Filling in the Gaps of His Collection?: A Reassessment of Sir William Burrell’s (1861-1958) Late Collecting Practice, 1944-1958’

15:25 –Discussion


Session 4–Women Collectors and Museums
Chair: Frances Fowle (University of Edinburgh and National Galleries Scotland)

16:00 –Rebecca Tilles (Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens): ‘The Art Market and Museum Collecting: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Hillwood and the Vision from a Private Collection to Public Museum’
16:20 –Mackenzie Mallon (Nelson-Atkins Museum): ‘A Seed of Desire: Effie Seachrest and Women Collectors in Kansas City and Beyond’
16:40 –Gloria Köpnick (Lyonel-Feininger-Gallery): ‘The "Princess of the Hohenhof": Gertrud Osthaus: A Forgotten Female Collector’

17:00 –Discussion

17:20–Networking / Discussion Sessions

17:50 –Brief conclusions

Workshop 3
Thursday 3 June,14:00–18:30 BST
Sessions 5 & 6; Keynote Lecture


Session 5–Museums and Art Market Agents
Chair: Susanna Avery-Quash (National Gallery London)

14:05 –Odile Boubakeur (École du Louvre/Université de Paris-Saclay): ‘Being a Consul-Archaeologist: AUnique Art Dealer Category through the Example of Charles Thomas Newton (1816-1894)’
14:25 –Dalila Meenen (Université Paris-Sorbonne): ‘Creating American Taste: How Art Agents Samuel P. Avery and George A. Lucas Influenced the Creation of American Private Collections and the First Public Museums’
14:45 –Imogen Tedbury (National Gallery, London): ‘Lucy Olcott Perkins as Agent for Cleveland Museum’

15:05 –Discussion

15:25 –Break

Session 6–The Art Market and the Museum in the Nazi Era
Chair: Christel Force (Metropolitan Museum of Art/Independent, France)

15:40 –Anne Rothfeld (Independent, USA): ‘The Art Dealer as Intermediary: Maria Almas Dietrich and the Führermuseum’
16:00 –Mattes Lammert (Technische Universität Berlin): ‘The Forgotten Acquisitions Made by the Berlin Museums on the Parisian Art Market During the German occupation 1940-1944’
16:20 –Caroline Flick (Independent, Germany): ‘City Museums Go Shopping: Wants and Wishes, Berlin 1937-1943, Auktionshaus Hans W. Lange’

16:40 –Discussion

17:00 –Networking / Discussion Sessions

Keynote Lecture
17:30 –Chris Stolwjik (Director, RKDNetherlands Institute for Art History/Utrecht University): ‘Private collectors building a national collection: the Dutch example’

18:25 –Brief conclusions

Workshop 4
Thursday 15 July, 14:00–18:00 BST
Sessions 7,8& 9


Session 7–Museum Practices: Donations
Chair: Lucy Askew(National Galleries, Scotland)

14:05 –Julie Verlaine (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/ Institut Universitaire de France): ‘Hunting for Art Treasures. ‘Friends of Museums’ Associations and the Art Market (1900-1914)’
14:25 –Amy Whitaker (New York University) & Roman Kräussel (University ofLuxembourg): ‘Museum Donation and Portfolio Strategy: Low and High Value Donations, Diversification and Fractional Equity in the Burton and Emily Hall Tremaine Collection’
14:45 –Kari Tuovinen (Independent, Finland): ‘An Art Collection Born through Division Process ─ Case Study on Interaction between a Private Collector, Museum and Art Markets (Kouri Collection and mid-20th American Art in Finland in the 1990s)’

15:05 –Discussion


Session 8 / TIAMSA LEGAL PANEL–Museum Practices: Deaccessioning (Part 1)
Chair: MaryKate Cleary(University of Edinburgh)

15:40 –Irene Walsh (University of Edinburgh): ‘Impermanent Bliss: Deaccessioning and Its Consequences’
16:00 –Dr Andrej Srakar (Institute for Economic Research, Ljubljana/University of Ljubljana), with Marilena Vecco (Burgundy School of Business) and Miroslav Verbič (Institute for Economic Research, Ljubljana/ University of Ljubljana): ‘Modelling and Measuring Deaccessioning in American Museums’

16:20 –Break

Session 9 / TIAMSA LEGAL PANEL–Museum Practices: Deaccessioning (Part 2)
Chair: Philipp Nuernberger (Independent, UK)

16:25 –Alicja Jagielska-Burduk(University of Opole), Claudia Quiñones Vilá (Amineddoleh & Associates, New York)and Till Vere Hodge(Constantine Cannon Law Firm, London): ‘Deaccession: A Case Study of the Baltimore Museum’
16:45 –Professor Patty Gerstenblith (DePaul University):‘Deaccessioning Practices in American Museums: What Changes in AAM and AAMD Policies on Deaccessioning in Response to CovidTell Us about Their Policies.’

17:05 –Discussion

17:25–Networking / Discussion Sessions

17:55–Brief conclusions

Workshop 5
Friday 16 July, 14:00–18:00 BST
Sessions 10 & 11


Session 10 –Contemporary Institutional Collecting and Commissioning
Chair: Tessa Giblin (Talbot RiceGallery, University of Edinburgh)

14:05 –Marta Pérez Ibáñez (Independent, Spain): ‘From The Art Fair to the Art Centre: Institutional Collecting and Contemporary Art Museums in Spain: The Case Study of ARCO Collection in CA2M’
14:25 –Amélia Siegel Corrêa (University of Copenhagen): ‘Creating a Distinctive Museum: Inhotim and Bernardo Paz’s Collecting Practices’
14:45 –Franziska Wilmsen (Independent, Germany): ‘The Economics of Art Commissioning: On Demand Artworks and the New Museum Patronage’

15:05 –Discussion


Session11 –The Emergence of the Private Museums
Chair: Dr Kathryn Brown (Loughborough University)

15:40 –Georgina Walker (University of Melbourne): ‘The Private Museum: Evolving Models of Collecting and the Interplay between Collectors and the Art Market’
16:00 –Dr Laurie Kalb Cosmo (Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)): ‘Collectors and the Emergence of Private ArtMuseums in 21st Century Europe’

16:20 –Discussion


Reflections on the Conference
17:00 –Iain Robertson(Head of Art Business Studies, Sotheby’s Institute of Art)

17:20–Networking Session (All attendees placed in groups of 4-5 for 30 min session)

Thanks and Farewell
17:50 –Frances Fowleand Johannes Nathan


The workshop series is open to all, but registration through eventbrite (see below) is required.

Attendance is free for TIAMSA members. Non-members who would like to attend are kindly asked to join the organisation (regular £20 / concessions £10 per annum) via the following link:

Please sign up before or immediately after completing your eventbrite registration for the conference. With your TIAMSA membership you help us to give art market studies a platform!

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The workshops have been divided into specific themes and each paper will be 20 minutes, with time for questions and discussion in break-out groups. 

We hope to record most sessions to share on Vimeo following (accessible via a password) to conference delegates only.

We look forward to welcoming delegates from around the globe to join us online for this conference. Please stay tuned for a final schedule, and for details for how to sign up. Please contact or with questions.

Organising committee

Prof Frances Fowle (University of Edinburgh; National Galleries of Scotland)
MaryKate Cleary (University of Edinburgh)

Scientific committee

Prof Frances Fowle (University of Edinburgh; National Galleries of Scotland; TIAMSA)
Dr Johannes Nathan (TIAMSA Chair)
Dr Kathryn Brown (University of Loughborough)
Prof Nick Pearce (University of Glasgow)
Dr Christel Force (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Dr Mark Westgarth (University Leeds)
Dr Susanna Avery-Quash (The National Gallery, London; TIAMSA)

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