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Edition of Nationale Suisse, photoprint, ed. 70/150, 2010
Edition of Nationale Suisse, photoprint, ed. 70/150, 2010
Dr. Stephan Zilkens | Zilkens Kunstversicherung

We make sure that your art transport is safe.

Freight forwarders organise the transportation of works of art all over the world.

When art is being moved, the people involved are often confronted with new challenges because the usual limitations on liability are not effective in this segment. This makes the choice of suitable insurance cover extremely important.

Please talk to us about it. We’ll be glad to advise you.

Dr. phil. Stephan Zilkens

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As part of the Art Cologne, we invite you to the annual Cologne Fine Art Insurance Talk.
Boris Becker, „Bir el Shadia Hedschas Bahn“ aus dem Projekt „Lawrence von Arabien“, 2010

When art is set in motion

Freight Forwarders

Art wants to be moved – art shipping specialists need optimum insurance cover too.

Setting or keeping art in motion is an art form in itself. Although the transportation of art is no longer as big a problem as it used to be, it can still become one in no time at all. As long as it’s occupying its regular place, all is well with the world, but any change of location requires the greatest care as well as safeguards.

As freight forwarders, you organise the transportation of works of art around the world. Be it over land, water or in the air, you know the right partners with whom this difficult task can be mastered. You also know only too well what kind of values you have been entrusted with. And as your experience grows, there are limits to the extent that you can claim to know nothing about it when loss or damage occurs. The legal sphere is increasingly trying to blame the forwarders for what they regard as gross organisational fault. The normal limitations on liability are no longer effective, but freight forwarders’ liability insurance, in the hands of the right expert with the right insured sum, protects you, the existence of your company and your employees’ jobs.

We are a member of Club of Logistics e.V. and are actively involved in developing the industry’s future-oriented themes.

We are your partner.


Extensive archive of our lectures on art and the art insurance business for you to read.
Edition of Nationale Suisse, photoprint, ed. 63/150, 2011


About us

It is the love of art and the absolute satisfaction of our clients that has made us so successful for more than 35 years.

We deliberately focus on the things we know something about and have experts for all essential areas of risk management and occupational pension provision. For special requirements, we can draw on our network of experienced specialists.

Few insurance brokers have such a broad range of experience in all areas of insurance. Through many years of experience, both with insurance companies and insurance brokers, and always in close contact with our clients, we have learned to speak all the necessary languages. We have been able to develop our current expertise through many years of working for other companies. Innovation is our constant companion.

So that your art is safe everywhere.


Zilkens Fine Art Insurance Broker GmbH is an owner-run (CV Dr. Stephan Zilkens) company. This lends a special significance to our corporate philosophy, as the owner vouches with his name for the company’s services and performance.

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.

To fulfil our aspiration of providing reliable orientation in an increasingly complex world, we adhere to a set of ethical and moral principles. The quality of our work plays a special part in this process. We want to and can distinguish ourselves only with excellent performance and customer satisfaction.

We endeavour to advise our customers neutrally and in the optimum manner with a high level of expertise. Reliability is seen as something special these days, but we live and breathe it on a daily basis. We always search for the the best and safest solution because we have geared our customer relationships to the long-term.