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17 October 2019 | The Art of Giving

Art law & philanthropy | Maison des Fondations, Geneva


The annual conference of the Art Law Foundation (ALF) and the Centre for Art Law (CDA), organised in partnership with the Centre for Philanthropy of the University of Geneva (GCP), will focus on the topic of philanthropy and art. The conference aims to study the sociological, cultural, tax and economic incentives of philanthropy and patronage for individuals and companies. Moreover, leading specialists will analyse the risks and success factors of philanthropic structures, the limits of succession law and the management of an artist’s estate, as well as the evolution of a donation and the contractual obligations of museums. More precisely, this conference will be divided into four themes:

  • art philanthropists

  • philanthropic structures

  • art foundations

  • museums

I will have the pleasure to chair the session on art foundations.


The speakers of this conference are the following:

  • Philippe Bertherat (FONDAMCO),

  • Tobia Bezzola (Museo d’Arte della Svizzera Italiana Lugano and President of ICOM Switzerland)

  • Professor Jan Blanc (University of Geneva),

  • Arnaud Cywie (Borel & Barbey)

  • Dominique Favre (Directeur des Autorités de Surveillance LPP et fondations de Suisse occidentale, Lausanne)

  • Bernard Fibicher (Musée des beaux-arts Lausanne)

  • Yann Hendgen (Artistic Director, Fondation Zao Wou-Ki)

  • Etienne Jeandin (Jeandin & Defacqz)

  • Grazyna Kulczyk (Muzeum Susch),

  • Professor Xavier Oberson (University of Geneva)

  • Catherine Othenin-Girard (Fondation Leenards)

  • Peter Nobel (Nobel & Hug),

  • Professor David Sander (University of Geneva)

  • Dorothea Strauss (La Mobilière)

  • Professor Luc Thévenoz (University of Geneva)

Please find the full conference programme here. To register, please visit the Art Law Foundation's website here.



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