Nikolaus S. Barta: Lord of the mummies


Lord of the mummies: Viennese Nikolaus Barta insures the treasures of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, whose future lies in the balance in the wake of the revolution. At its height, the world famous Egyptian Museum was visited by 1.5 million people a year. After the revolution this figure sank to zero. And now, sooner than expected, the first tourists are coming back, numbering an estimated 50,000 this year. Austria’s well-known weekly magazine “NEWS” portrayed art-insurance … Read More

MA: Market Focus: June’s Record-Breaking London Sales


MutualArt/JULY, 2017 | We share key findings from this year’s June’s Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary Art sales in London. Impressionist and Modern Art Market Shows Signs of Growth Impressionist and Modern Evening Art sales at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s saw growth in sold value compared to equivalent sales in 2016. At Sotheby’s, the 21 June evening sale total was £127,945,750 ($161,326,796) — up 24% from £103,280,000 ($151,834,501), appearing to indicate a market lift. The sale … Read More

Coming soon: Melbourne Art Fair 2017


Melbourne Art Fair returns as the region’s most significant commercial platform for Australasian contemporary art The Fair takes place during Melbourne Art Week, 2 – 5 August 2018, housed in a temporary structure within the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside the iconic ACCA. Showcasing around 40 galleries from Australia, New Zealand and the region, Melbourne Art Fair returns with a curated selection of some of the newest and most respected names in contemporary art. Beginning in … Read More

artnet: Here Are the Top 11 Booths at TEFAF New York

The first-ever New York edition of the European Fine Art Fair, or TEFAF, was off to a lively start today with throngs of viewers descending on the completely overhauled — to the point of being unrecognizable — 67th Regiment Armory on Park Avenue. Those who have visited the long-running TEFAF fair in Maastricht in the Netherlands are familiar with the signature lavish floral displays (especially the tulips!), the museum quality artworks, and the cushy carpets … Read More


EARLY BASQUIAT WORKS, NEVER SHOWN IN PUBLIC, WILL BE ON VIEW AT X CONTEMPORARY FAIR DURING MIAMI BASEL MARCH 2016 (New York, NY) — X Contemporary is pleased to announce its historically key exhibition for its second edition this December 2016 timed with Art Basel Miami Beach.  The Women Who Made Art Modern, curated by X Contemporary’s Consulting Curator Michael Klein, explores the careers and programs of some sixteen art dealers all of whom women and … Read More

Nikolaus Barta im “Standard”: “In Mafiakreisen ist Kunst eine Währung”

DER SPEZIALIST FÜR KUNSTVERSICHERUNG ÜBER DAS THEMA KUNSTDIEBSTAHL und darüber und wer diese Beute als Zahlungsmittel verwendet. Vergangene Woche fanden italienische Ermittler in der Villa eines Mafiabosses zwei Gemälde von van Gogh, die 2002 aus einem Museum in Amsterdam gestohlen worden waren. Ein Glücksfall, denn viele spektakuläre Coups der vergangenen Jahrzehnte wurden nie aufgeklärt. 

FIAC returns to the Grand Palais for its 43rd year

In Paris, leading contemporary art fair FIAC returns to the Grand Palais for its 43rd year, bringing together 186 specialist galleries – including 42 new exhibitors (20–23 October). Led by dynamic director Jennifer Flay, among the international big-hitters are Gagosian, Lisson, Sprueth Magers, Thaddaeus Ropac, Michael Werner, and Xavier Hufkens. Notable solo exhibitions include Cathy Wilkes at the Modern Institute, Aurélien Froment at Marcelle Alix, and Guan Xiao at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler. WHAT IS FIAC? Founded … Read More

Jewels in the Crown collection will reign supreme at auction

A CONVERTIBLE AUDI THAT PRINCESS DIANA USED to carpool with sons Prince William and Prince Harry is up for grabs — if you have around $70,000 to spare. Diana bought the Audi from a dealership in northwest London in 1994 (three years before she died) and apparently only drove about 4,000 miles in it. Insiders at Silverstone Auctions suggest that because she was spotted in it by photographers — sometimes with her sons — she … Read More