Simont Braun - Avocats advocaten lawyers

Art and Culture

Simont Braun regularly negotiates, litigates and advises clients on legal issues concerning works of art, the art market and culture. Most of our clients are auction houses, museums, art collectors, orchestras and artists.

To provide them with the highest quality of legal advice, we draw on the skills of lawyers practicing in a wide range of fields, including intellectual property, information technology, contract law, associations, real estate, dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and mediation), banking, secured transactions, bankruptcy and tax.

The art-specific issues we have advised on or have litigated include:


  • Review of terms and conditions of sale and internet sites covering art and art sales

  • Negotiation of cooperation agreements between museums, notably governing loans of works of art and exhibition agreements

  • Disputes concerning the liability of auction houses (including authenticity disputes)

  • Bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and security interests in works of art

  • Permits and authorisations for museum refurbishment

  • Negotiation of agreements for the live broadcasting and further exploitation of artistic performances

  • Negotiation of work commissioning agreements for museums and art producers

  • Disputes over copyrights for works of art and reproductions of works of art

  • Disputes between art producers or users and collecting societies

  • Defamation and product defamation concerning works of art and their provenance

  • Droit moral

  • Gifts, acquisitions, dispositions and loans of art works

  • International tax treaties affecting cross-border art transactions

  • Tax and social status of international artists

  • Misappropriation of artwork and design