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Cologne Fine Art
Talk #10
Fr 19 Nov 2021

Boris Becker, “Bir el Shadia Hedschas Bahn” from the project “Lawrence von Arabien”, 2010
Boris Becker, “Bir el Shadia Hedschas Bahn” from the project “Lawrence von Arabien”, 2010

As part of Art Cologne, we invite you to the annual Cologne Fine Art Insurance Talk.

10th Cologne Fine Art Insurance Talk – Anniversary event

KKVG - the tenth. The anniversary event of Zilkens Fine Art Insurance Broker GmbH within the framework of Art Cologne took place on Friday 19 November 2021 and time the theme was:

Price. Value. Sustainable? - The art, the climate and the insurance.

Topics such as the Gallery Climate Coalition and NFT, as well as the contradictions therein were the focus of the tenth event.

How can the art world become greener and more sustainable when even renowned museums are currently entering the cryptocurrency market? Art history classics are being transformed into multiple, energy-consuming NFTs and auctioned off to the highest bidders.

Wasting resources in line with the much-discussed reduction of the carbon footprint? Global trade fair participation versus Virtual Gallery? What about the seriousness of digital artworks? Are we creating a new El Dorado for money laundering?

Is the insurance industry open to new risks such as those created by NFTs? What products does it have in store for its customers? These and many other questions will be discussed astutely and controversially on 19 November.

Under the chairmanship of Peter Grabowski, the panellists included

  • Dr. Alexander Wiebe, Managing Director, HDI Global Specialty Underwriting Agency GmbH
  • Birgit Vikas, Managing Director, Kunsttrans Spedition GmbH
  • Isabel Apiarius-Hanstein, limited partner, Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
  • Stefan Kobel, Journalist and Art Market Specialist
  • Dr. Günter Winands, Ministerial Director at the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media


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
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Art Bozen Montevideo

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Gurlitt, Stern, Flechtheim - who insures me history?

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Art on Tour

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Wrong Art - Properly Insured

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Dispute over values: art and insurance

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