Like a newborn, a piece of art doesn’t come with instructions for its care and handling. Yet understanding the logistics of art ownership is crucial to maintaining the art object’s long-term aesthetic and financial value. This course will cover six main components of collections care.
Curating a collection involves not only looking, but also practical skills like documenting and managing a collection. We will discuss the fundamentals of curating, displaying and documenting your collection and all of the accompanying paperwork, which is important to archive for insurance, appraisal and various tax scenarios. Then we move on the understanding the coverages and exclusions of art insurance policies. Approaching your collection with a mindset of loss prevention – when buying, selling, moving and installing art, is critical to reducing the possibility of physical damage to your work. Proper installation requires an eye for both aesthetics and display challenges. Proper packing and shipping skills, and even pro-active consultation with a conservator are crucial components to ensure the longevity of an artwork’s beauty and value.
• Curating a Collection
• Collections management
• Loss prevention + risk management
• Installation + conservation
• Storage, packing and transportation
Meet the academic:
Katja consults with collectors as well as insurance and financial advisors on the physical and financial protection of passion investments. With more than two decades of experience in the art world, she has insured private collections, museums, galleries and exhibitions for HUB International, AIG Private Client Group and AXA Art Insurance.
Katja is also a guest lecturer at Christie’s Education Department. Throughout her career, she has presented on art and wine collecting in the context of alternative investments, asset protection, trust and estate planning and has lectured at The College Art Association, University for Applied Arts in Vienna, the UBS Arts Forum in Wolfsburg, and the Swiss Embassy in Washington, D.C. Katja has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Reuters, Worth Magazine, Barron’s, ARTnews and appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch.
Katja has a B.A and M.A. in Art History. She is a board member of The Foundation of the American Institute of Conservation, and a member of The Friends of the Swiss Institute Committee.