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Kunsthistorisches Institut

Global Contexts of the Latin American Art Market

International conference

Wednesday September 3, 2014, 10.00–18.00
Itaú Cultural Auditorium, Avenida Paulista 149, São Paulo


The conference Global Contexts of the Latin American Art Market aims to explore and question the booming Latin American art scene in the context of accelerating internationalization of the art market. As a trade system, the art amrket is by definition one of the major platforms of globalization and cultural exchange. However, national and ethnic identity discourses persist in this context, and the tools provided by global art history are being developed and improved as to apprehend this phenomenon. The conference seeks to bring together specialists from different continents and fields of expertise.


10.00–10.15  Dr. Nicolas Galley (Art Market Studies, University of Zurich)
Welcome and Introduction

Section I

Chair: Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen (University of Zurich)

  • 10.15–11.00  Prof. Dr. Alain Quemin (University of Paris 8)
    The Superstars of Contemporary Art: Globalization, Institutional Visibility and Economic Success on the Market
  • 11.00–11.45  Dr. Ana Leticia Fialho (Latitude-Platform for Brazilian Galleries Abroad)
    Placing Latin America in the Contemporary Art World Map: Expanding Art Markets and its Impact on Writing New Art Histories

Section II

Chair: Prof. Dr. Jens Baumgarten (UNIFESP)

  • 12.15–13.00  Dr. Ana Paula C. Simioni (USP)
    Is the Gender a Question? Women Artists and Artistic Recognition in Twentieth-Century Brazil
  • 14.30–15.15  Angélica de Moraes (Independent Curator and Art Critic)
    Contemporary Art from Bazil and Some Hegemonic Ideas About Brazilian Art: Facts and Myths

Section III

Chair: Prof. Dr. Leticia Squeff (UNIFESP)

  • 15.15–16.00  Prof. Dr. Ana Magalhães (MAC USP)
    Bienal de São Paulo Now and Then: Collections and the Making of a Gaze to Contemporary Art
  • 16.30–17.00  Panel Discussion
    Galleries and Art Fairs as Agents of Globalization
    Speakers: Pedro Barbosa (Collector), Fernanda Feitosa (SP-Arte, Founder and Director), Monica Novaes Esmanhotto (Latitude, Executive Manager), Michèle Sandoz (Art Basel, Head of VIP and Visitor Services)
    Moderators: Dr. Nicolas Galley and Décio Hernandez Di Giorgi

17.30–17.45  Concluding Remarks by Nicolas Galley


The conference is co-organized by the University of Zurich and the Federal University of Saõ Paulo. The conference is free and open to the public. It will be simultaneously translated into English/Portuguese.


Dr. Nicolas Galley
Director of Studies Executive Master in Art Market Studies
Rämistrasse 73, CH-8006 Zürich
Tel. +41 44 634 51 73

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