Curatorial Procedures: contract, loans and official documents

September 20, 2015

Lecturer: Marc LeBlanc

Participation fee: 148€


This weekly seminar is intended to familiarize young curators with some of the most common contracts and forms used when assembling exhibitions – customs declarations/pro-forma invoices, gallery consignments, and museum/biennale loan agreements. The course is an ideal primer for anyone looking to found their own project space or is making their initial exhibitions as an independent curator. The course will supply a number of examples, going over each one in detail, as well as draw from recent texts and periodical articles that highlight the ramifications for such documents in contemporary art.

Participation fee: 148€


*Video-conferences every Thursday at 7pm Central European Time. Recordings available in case you miss a live session!


Week 1: Introduction – Biennial/Museum Loans

  • Introduction – why this course was created.
  • Overview of Course Structure
  • Biennial loan form example
  • Walkthrough and Key points (Shipping Clauses, Exhibition Clauses, Image Rights/Distribution, Provenance/Courtesy, etc.)

Week 2: Gallery Consignment

  • Two kinds – Artist-to-Gallery (Primary) / Gallery-to-Gallery (Secondary)
  • Artist-to-Gallery (what is standard for commission, shipping agreements, duration of consignment, additional out of gallery consigment, etc.)
  • Condition Report
  • Potential Problems arising
  • Gallery-to-Gallery (Secondary) (what is standard for commission, shipping agreements, duration of consignment, additional out of gallery consigment, etc.)

Week 3: International Shipping/Logistics – Proforma Invoices

  • Proforma Invoice – What is it used for?
  • Differences in Nations’ customs/zoll (EU, CH, USA, et. al.)
  • Importation Taxes/VAT (How to pay less and avoid delays)
  • Fine Art Insurance (FedEx/UPS/Post vs. Art Logistics Firms (Froesch, Hasenkamp, USArt, etc.)

Week 4: Art Fair Applications – Conclusion

  • Differences in various – Compositions of committees
  • Familiarize and create development plan
  • Creating your booth – What to focus on, how to identify aesthetic strengths
  • Writing about the space
  • Writing about what will be exhibited
  • Conclusion


About Marc LeBlanc

Marc LeBlanc (b. 1981 in Lake Forest, US) lives and works in Berlin. Having worked as an independent curator and writer since 2001, LeBlanc has curated exhibitions for numerous commercial galleries, project spaces, and non-profit/state-funded organizations since 2001. Since 2008, he has directed the Berlin gallery of Chicago-based dealer Kavi Gupta. He received his B.F.A. from The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago in 2003 and his M.A. In Exhibition & Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008.

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