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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Visiting Scholar Lectures in Art, Business & Law - Contemporary art conservation: the role of contracts

When: Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Room 3.1, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

Queen Mary, CCLS 40th Anniversary Mark and Institute of Art and Law logoThis lecture will consider the role that contracts can and do play in regulating the different interests in the conservation of contemporary artworks, such as the interests of the artist, role of conservators and others as executants or co-producers.

The focus is on moral rights protection and how it regulates the conditions of display and preservation of its integrity of a contemporary art work and what contracts can and are used for. This is particularly interesting in the art world, which is often anecdotally described as resistant to contracts.

We will discuss whether contracts can also be viewed as cooperative instruments. This builds on trust and goodwill as the fundament of the relationship between the practitioner, the institution, and the artist. Contracts’ instrumentality and the limits of their utility in the context of contemporary art conservation are explored using as an example the contract for Tania Bruguera’s performance work Tatlin’s Whisper #5 at Tate.

Head and shoulders shot of Anke MoerlandAbout Anke Moerland

Anke Moerland is Assistant Professor of Intellectual Property Law in the European and International Law Department, Maastricht University. Her research relates to the interface of intellectual property law and political science, with a focus on governance aspects of intellectual property regulation in international trade negotiations, and more specifically in the area of geographical indications and trade mark law.

Dr. Moerland holds degrees in law (Maastricht University) and international relations (Technical University Dresden), with a PhD in intellectual property protection in EU bilateral trade agreements from Maastricht University. Since 2017, she has coordinated the EIPIN Innovation Society, a 4-year Horizon 2020 grant under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Action ITN-EJD.

Since 2018, she holds a visiting professorship in Intellectual Property Law, Governance and Art at the School of Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies of Queen Mary University of London. In this context, she supervises a PhD project within the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Action project “New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art” (NACCA) and conducts research herself into how intellectual property rules and contractual arrangements between artists and museums address the preservation of contemporary art.


Chair: Dr Gaetano Dimita (CCLS)

5.45pm Registration

6.00pm – 8pm Lecture followed by a Q&A


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