The management of an artists’ estate can be learned. It is an intensive task of great responsibility and involves honoring the artist’s will, while at the same time respecting the interests of heirs and other stakeholders. The professionalism of today’s art world requires from estate leaders know how in many different fields, such as strategy development, legal and tax Issues, cultural asset stewardship, risk management, publications, economical sustainability, art market strategies, public relations.

The Institute for Artists’ Estates has developed specific in-depth training opportunities for artists, family members and artist’s estate executives which cover all relevant fields of artist’s legacy planning and artist’s estate management. Trained by high profile referents in small groups, participants will learn from experts as well as from peers in an familial and focused environment.  To ensure a rewarding learning experience for all participants, we carefully assemble each program class to reflect a stimulating mix of backgrounds, interests, and roles within the field of artists’ estates and artists’ endowed foundations. As a result, you’ll gain a broader perspective on everyday challenges, as well as an interesting network of those connect to the field of artists estates.

Artists’ Legacies
Planning Immortality

Date: 24-27th September 2019
Location: Los Angeles
Fee: 4,500.00 USD (no sales tax apply)

Due to very limited capacities and to secure a balanced composition of participants we will have to conduct a selection procedure. Early application is strongly encouraged. Please contact us via and provide the following information:

  • Brief letter of motivation for participating in the workshop
  • An updated and complete CV, not longer than 3 pages

Feedback previous workshops

“Thank you for the work you do literally because I had no idea that it existed. Very important work and I am thrilled to know that I am not alone in this daunting task.”
John Mullican, The Estate of Lee Mullican

“Phenomenal four days!”
Tracy Bartley, The Estate of R.B. Kitaj

“The workshop was incredible useful, inspiring and energising”
Andreas Leventis, Lisson Gallery

“Everything about the workshop was wonderful!”
Ben Bowling, Frank Bowling Legacy Project

What you can expect

  • Learning about strategies and structures of an artist’s legacy, the pillars of artist’s estate management and DO’s and DON’Ts of artist’s estate operations
  • covering all relevant topics, i.e. estate legal architectures, emotions and family dynamcis, archive and catalogue raisonné, academia, museum and art markets
  • in a rich four-day learning experience with high profile referents, i.e. Chris Dercon, (Grand Palais), Lisa Le Feuvre, (Holt/Smithson Foundation) or Andrea Theil (Roy Lichtenstein Foundation)
  • including lectures, case studies and group sessions, at important art institutions
  • in a familiar and focused atmosphere, with the unique opportunity to speak and exchange views with others artists working on their legacy set up

Who is right for the programme

  • Artists
  • Artist’s Family Members and Loved Ones
  • Artist’s Studio Managers
  • Estate Executors, Artist’s Legacy Managers & Artist’s Foundations Executives
  • Galleries and Artist’s Liaison Managers
  • Art Lawyers & Tax Advisors


Karl von Trott
+49 30 91 44 28 35

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