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Jim Harris, A Dutch Landscape, Diptychon, Oil on canvas, 2015
Jim Harris, A Dutch Landscape, Diptychon, Oil on canvas, 2015
Dr. Stephan Zilkens

We make sure that your art is safe everywhere.

A warm welcome to Zilkens Fine Art Insurance Broker GmbH, your specialised insurance broker who finds answers to your art-related insurance questions.

We offer to find the best insurance for your art - at no cost to you.

Insurance products are complex. Being well-insured is therefore no easy task. There are numerous types of art insurance on offer, but which is the right one for your project?

It is often the case that the quality of insurance policies does not become evident until a claim arises. That is why, together with our customers, we prepare an individual insurance concept that is adapted sensitively to the respective customer’s project and describe to you the features of some of our individual insurance products.

Two characteristics define our brand essence. One is our love of art and the other is our customers’ absolute satisfaction. Only the consonance of these two factors makes us successful. Learn more about us

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Kobel's Art Weekly

Stefan Kobel

Annotated press review on the art market by Stefan Kobel, published weekly. Subscribe for free

Art Basel 2024; photo Stefan Kobel
Art Basel 2024; photo Stefan Kobel

Kobel's Art Weekly 25 2024

It was Art Basel in Basel again, which this year was very European in character on the visitor side. There were still hotel rooms available in the city at triple-digit prices, the crowds in the exhibition halls seemed less intense than usual at the opening and the mood among the dealers was rather subdued. In Handelsblatt (possibly paywall), Susanne Schreiber ... read more

Basel, photo Ste€an Kobel
Basel, photo Ste€an Kobel

Kobel's Art Weekly 24 2024

The good news first: the VAT in Germany rate will be reduced again to a uniform seven per cent, reports Ursula Scheer in the FAZ: ‘The Federal Cabinet has approved the draft for an annual tax law 2024 presented by the Ministry of Finance - and thus the reduced tax rate of seven per cent instead of the previous 19 ... read more

probably more visitors than London Gallery Weekend; photo Stefan Kobel
probably more visitors than London Gallery Weekend; photo Stefan Kobel

Kobel's Art Weekly 23 2024

Christie's has actually fallen victim to data thieves. Zachary Small writes in the New York Times: ‘Hackers said that Christie's failed to pay a ransom when one was demanded. ‘We attempted to come to a reasonable resolution with them but they ceased communication midway through,’ the hackers wrote in their dark web post, which was ... read more

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Zilkens' News Blog

Dr. Stephan Zilkens

Dr. Stephan Zilkens comments weekly on current events concerning art. Subscribe for free

As time goes by - Archeology of negotiations
As time goes by - Archeology of negotiations

Zilkens' News Blog 25 2024

Stefan Kobel will be talking a lot about Art Basel, which ended yesterday. The fair also marks the turning point of the year – until the beginning of September, activities in galleries and art dealers slow down – a kind of creative break or the opportunity to recharge your batteries by visiting exhibitions – or is there even a holiday? However, the weather is not ... read more

The Danube close to Ingolstadt on June 4th 2024
The Danube close to Ingolstadt on June 4th 2024

Zilkens‘ News Blog 24 2024

The sad news first: Ben Vautier took his own life last week, after his wife had died on the same day. Dietmar Werle, well known to the Cologne art market from the early days as a colleague and publisher of works by Michael Buthe, among others, has died at the age of almost 74. He was a co-signatory of a press release by Cologne gallery ... read more

Thai Shan Schierenberg; One Man , Two Masters; Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London
Thai Shan Schierenberg; One Man , Two Masters; Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London

Zilkens‘ News Blog 23 2024

‘Welt weit Wolfen’ is the name of a festival of many art forms in the East of Germany, whose main sponsor is the Bitterfeld-Wolfen chemical park. Wolfen was once the centre of German film and photo production. AGFA and ORWO had their origins here. Nowadays, the chemical park with its many companies is the main attraction, as an employer that is well aware of the ... read more

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