The Institute for Artists’ Estates is a central reference point for all matters concerning artist estates, with focusses on research, networking, managing and consulting.
The set-up and management of an artist’s estate is an endeavour that entails considerable responsibility. Living artists have many questions about how best to preserve their oeuvre. Those entrusted with estate management must respect specifications of the artist’s will while ensuring that all activity positively impacts the continuation of the legacy.
There are many issues which need to be taken into account when planning or leading on the activity of an artists’ estate. It is necessary to consider strategic and legal issues, questions of conservation and restauration as well as registration, archiving, authentication and the catalogue raisonné. Equally important to the positioning of the oeuvre in the art market is gaining academic and curatorial interests, in order to keep the bequest alive.
The management of an artist’s estate is successful if the work is kept alive and relevant, if later generations of artists remain inspired by the work, and if curators, academics and collectors continue to find new and invigorating ways to approach the oeuvre.
The Institute for Artists’ Estates addresses these issues with the upmost diligence and makes available its expertise to anyone who is involved with or interested in artists’ estates.