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The 65th BRAFA, (Brussels Art Fair), one of the leading European art fairs,  will take place on Sunday 26th January – 2nd February 2020 at a former industrial site in Tour & Taxis, Belgium. There will be 133 galleries in total, the same number as last year, with some new names and several returning galleries. Staying true to its roots it will once again offer a diverse range of artworks of the highest quality from...

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There’s a particular exhilaration that comes from being the winning bidder – the new owner of something valuable and unique. It may well linger until you next see your artwork installed in your home, your office, a gallery or a museum. Between this moment and that, it will need to move. Besides the physical challenges involved in transporting it from A to B, there’s a maze of admin tasks to manoeuvre through too: insurance, taxes, custom...

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Renée Pfister is an independent Art & Gallery consultant, lending expertise to help clients preserve the highest quality and integrity of their artwork. Renée Pfister Art & Gallery Consultancy was founded in 2010. It has since been supporting private, corporate and institutional fine art, as well as antiquities collections in building, organising and shipping their artworks. Renée’s focus is to care and mitigate against the risks to your artwork during transit, at home, corporate headquarters,...

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Sometimes merely owning certain property can expose someone to potentially harsh levels of taxation. Most countries have some form of death, inheritance or wealth taxes which can apply in unexpected ways. The taxing rights of a country are determined by physical location, so the location of an asset is important, especially on death. If an asset is located outside the UK, it may cause the asset to be outside the scope of Inheritance Tax in...

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An extremely valuable medieval chess piece, one of the five missing Lewis Chessmen, has recently been discovered in a drawer by a family in Edinburgh.  The 900 year-old Lewis Chessmen hoard was discovered on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 and includes some 93 pieces, most of which are now to be found in the British Museum.  The newly re-discovered piece is a warder (the medieval equivalent of a rook) in the form of an...

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When David Swensen’s Yale Model—a model that invests heavily in alternative or non-liquid investments—was first revealed in 2000[1], it caused quite a stir in institutional investment. In the first 20 years of his tenure (1985-2005) as Yale’s endowment manager, Swensen managed to top the S&P 500’s 12.3 percent annualised return by a further 3.8 percent, breezing through stock market downturns that decimated other institutions. Mainstreaming Alternative Investment Instruments Many of Swensen’s contemporaries, and more than...

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The V&A unveils its newest exhibition to celebrate the Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga—famed for his pioneering fashion designs founded on structure, fluidity and breaking the status quo. His innovative clothing designs and groundbreaking manipulation of fabrics helped craft an immovable legacy within the fashion industry. Regarded by his peers as the pinnacle of style, his former apprentice Oscar de la Renta revered him as a designer ‘who never did anything in bad taste’, while his...

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London, Paris, New York, Rome—these cities have always been celebrated for the breadth and depth of their artistic and cultural offerings. Because of this, it’s easy to overlook other locations that can present an equally rewarding experience for the discerning visitor. Read on for our take on some of the most cultural cities in the world. Charleston Gracious southern hospitality, carriage rides, antebellum architecture and the scent of blooming jasmine—the romantic charm of this elegant cultural...

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The best design museums are places where people can learn about the objects and designs that have shaped our world. We’re familiar with famous examples such as London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, but there are many others across the globe—from Berlin to Toronto—worth visiting. The Design Museum, London The London Design Museum’s eagerly anticipated new home opened in High Street Kensington late last year, a striking Grade II* listed building—once the Commonwealth Institute—that offers three...

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The Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at the Tate Modern marks the 100th anniversary of her New York debut. Best known for her paintings of magnified flowers, animal skulls and New Mexico desert landscapes, Georgia O’Keeffe is a pioneer of 20th century art. The exhibition, which will run until 30 October 2016 at the Tate Modern, London, marks the 100th anniversary of her New York debut. The retrospective gives a rare chance to see over 100 of her...

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