The Economics and
Ethics of Culture

On 10-11 September 2020, Art for Tomorrow - in association with The New York Times - brings together art world experts including museum and auction-house executives, art fair directors, gallerists, curators and dealers to examine the economic and social impact of art, and art as a catalyst for development.  The conference runs in correlation with the world-renowned Gallery Weekend in Berlin (10-13 September). Additionally, all delegates are able to attend the previews and the Times Art Talks on 12 September

Through provocative interviews and riveting discussions, the carefully curated programme will explore wide-ranging topics, from the squeeze on small- and mid-size art galleries to the perceived lack of diversity in museum collections, and the rise of corporate branding and private museums to the provenance of artwork.

Devised specifically with art and cultural leaders at its core, Art for Tomorrow will define and assess the most pressing challenges and opportunities in the industry today.



Important announcement regarding Art for Tomorrow 2020

We regret to announce that Art for Tomorrow 2020 (September 10-12, Berlin) has been cancelled.  With restrictions on large gatherings and our concern for the health and safety of our guests and speakers, we felt it prudent to shift our focus to the 2021 conference. The next Art for Tomorrow will take into account the profound ways the art world has been affected by the events of the last several months.


We will announce more details about next year's event in the autumn.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]


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Agenda

The art world has been undergoing dramatic change – works are commanding ever-higher prices, international galleries are ballooning, museums are seeking creative sources of funding and display, and there is fierce competition for top-tier art.

Art for Tomorrow will examine these issues and many more, exploring the economic and social impact of art. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Will mega galleries continue to squeeze out small- and mid-size galleries?
  • As the number of billionaires in the world has doubled, art sales have flatlined. Why aren’t people buying more art?
  • How are institutions getting to grips with a perceived lack of diversity in their collections, and attempting to right historical wrongs?
  • The rise of private museums
  • How far should institutions go in distancing themselves from controversial patrons?
  • What is the responsibility of governments and institutions in returning works to their original owners or countries?
  • What are the specific challenges of museums outside of the U.S. and Europe?
  • How are geopolitical events and the global economic slowdown affecting the market worldwide?
  • Facing its own challenges when it comes to sustainable practices, how can the art world address climate change and take action?
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Moderators

Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson

European Culture Editor
The New York Times

Farah Nayeri

Farah Nayeri

Culture Writer
The New York Times

Scott Reyburn

Scott Reyburn

Arts Correspondent
The New York Times

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Speakers

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Bronze Sponsors

  • Durjoy Bangladesh Foundation
  • Visit Berlin
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Media Partners

  • art in america
  • ARTnews
  • artnet
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