December 07, 2012 12:01 ET

AXA Art Insurance Expands Relationship With Art Basel to Include Art Basel in Hong Kong

COLOGNE, GERMANY--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2012) - International art insurance specialist, AXA Art, today announced the expansion of its longstanding relationship with Art Basel and its prominent contemporary and modern art fairs. Under the expanded agreement, from 2013, AXA Art will continue its partnership with Art Basel in Basel and will serve as Official Art Insurance Partner of Art Basel in Miami Beach. Going forward, AXA Art extends its affiliation with Art Basel to support the newly added Art Basel in Hong Kong as the fair's Official Art Insurance Partner.

Dr. Ulrich Guntram, CEO of AXA Art worldwide said, "AXA ART is a global player in the art world and this agreement further cements our partnership with Art Basel and its prominent, global contemporary and modern fairs. We welcome the addition of Art Basel in Hong Kong and look forward to emphasizing our collective expertise, as we enter and engage collectors and art world professionals together in the Asian marketplace."

In commenting on AXA Art's expanded role with Art Basel Marc Spiegler, Art Basel's Director said, "We are proud to be expanding our engagement with AXA Art, whose strong commitment to the art world has been demonstrated repeatedly, most recently through its rapid response in support of the Chelsea galleries devastated by Hurricane Sandy."

From curating visual presentations to engage visitors in attendance at Art Basel's fairs, to hosting special events, conducting VIP guided tours by its in-house experts and profiling topics on caring for one's collection, - AXA ART's wide ranging presence at Art Basel's art shows has served to showcase its more than 50-year art world expertise, to enhance collectors experience, engage art dealers, gallery owners, designers, curators, advisors and journalists.'

A history of art market leadership

AXA Art distinguishes itself around the world with a reputation of leadership in product innovation, market development and service delivery. By combining a diverse knowledge of international insurance and art market expertise with a creative and flexible approach to individual risks, AXA Art is able to provide tailored art insurance coverage that is specific to its individual clients. In April of this year, AXA Art announced a successful extension of its service offerings to China by offering a comprehensive portfolio of customized art insurance products and related services to meet the growing demands of the Chinese art marketplace. (For more information on AXA Art in Asia please contact Jennifer Scally. Regional Manager - AXA Art Asia; E-mail:; Tel: (852) 2161 0082 Mobile: (852) 9029 2216.

With the last of the 2012 edition of Art Basel fairs - Art Basel in Miami Beach well on its way - AXA Art is pleased to share Art Basel's future fair dates as follows: Art Basel in Basel, June 13-16, 2013, first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong May 23 - 26, 2013 and Art Basel in Miami Beach, December 5 - 8, 2013.

About AXA Art

International reach, unrivaled competence and a high quality network of expert partners distinguish AXA ART, the only art insurance specialist in the world, from its generalist property insurance competitors. Over the past 50 years and well into the future, AXA ART has and will continue to redefine the manner in which it serves and services its museum, gallery, collector and artist clients across the Americas, Asia and Europe, with a sincere consideration of the way valuable objects are insured and cultural patrimony is protected. For more information visit

About Art Basel

Founded by gallerists in 1970, Art Basel stages the world's premier art shows for modern and contemporary works, sited in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, the artworks on display and the parallel content programming produced in collaboration with the local institutions. In addition to ambitious stands featuring leading galleries from around the globe, each show's singular exhibition sectors and artistic events spotlight the latest developments in the visual arts, offering visitors new ideas, new inspiration and new contacts in the artworld.

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