An Arte Documentary

Time and again, incredible record values achieved by works of art at international auctions have astonished the world. But how is the value of a work of art actually determined? What makes art art? And who gets to decide?

Artists Alicja Kwade, Anne Imhof, and Amoako Boafo are in search of answers to these questions. Gallery owners, curators, art journalists, and collectors also provide insights into the mechanisms of the international art market. This is an ARTE documentarty. 

Episode: Who makes art?

Episode: What is the cost of art?

Episode: Who buys art?

Episode: What makes art art?



Alicja Kwade (b. 1979 in Katowice, Poland) lives and works in Berlin. Her work investigates and questions universally accepted notions of space, time, science, and philosophy by breaking down frames of perception in her work. Kwade’s multifaceted practice spans sculpture, public installation, works on paper, videos, and photography.

Most recently, she has exhibited in the following museums, among others: Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg; Berlinische Galerie – Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Berlin, Germany; Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, USA; Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, USA; Espoo Museum of Mod...
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