Art & Finance report 2017


Art & Finance report

A closer look at the growing Art & Finance industry

This Art & Finance report aims to act as a barometer for the emerging art and finance industry and highlights the main trends and developments in the art market.



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The 2021 edition of the Art & Finance report arrives at an uncertain and tumultuous time in our recent history. The world continues to feel the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the effects of climate change, social injustice and gender inequality, to name just a few global challenges.

The question is, what role can art and culture play in tackling many of these challenges? On 30 July 2021, the G20 Ministers of Culture agreed for the first time in history on a G20 Declaration on Culture, which firmly positions culture as a major engine for sustainable socio-economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In its modest way, the Deloitte Art & Finance initiative aims to be part of this change and transformation. Uniquely positioned at the intersection between art business, culture and finance, its goal is to elevate the dialogue between these stakeholders; encourage new models around finance and sustainable investment in art and culture; and amplify the role and importance of culture in improving our lives and society.

Since the Deloitte Art & Finance initiative was established in 2008, we have enjoyed an insightful journey with many significant moments and encounters. In 2011, we presented the first Art & Finance report during the fourth Deloitte Art & Finance conference in Miami, Florida.

After publishing seven editions of the report in collaboration with ArtTactic, our understanding of the art and finance ecosystem and its developments have greatly evolved.

We want to thank all the experts and their invaluable contributions over the years, and all the survey participants and art market stakeholders (wealth managers, collectors and art professionals) that continued to share their views and opinions on the art and finance industry. What started 10 years ago as an initial investigation into the role art could play within wealth management has gained significant momentum over the years.

We have now reached a stage where most wealth managers accept and understand the importance of art and collectibles as a strategic component of their holistic wealth management service offering. The emotional and financial value associated with art helps wealth managers create a deeper and more human relationship with their clients, allowing them to address personal, emotional and financial concerns around art and collectible wealth.

Art & Finance Report 2019 - 6th edition

Since launching the initiative in 2011, we have seen the global art market ebb and flow: from the aftermath of the financial crisis to the peak of the market in 2016. In parallel, we have also monitored how the wealth management sector is increasingly responding to competitive pressures in its own industry, and the role art and collectible wealth are playing in the transition to a more holistic wealth management model.

Since our last report in 2017, external factors such as increasing political and economic uncertainty, rapid technological progress, climate change, and social inequality have dominated the headlines on a daily basis. We live in a changing world, fraught with uncertainty. This is the context in which we should view the global art and finance industry—the crucial intersection between culture and wealth.

We hope that this report will help to raise awareness of the developments and initiatives that have emerged within the art and finance industry over the past couple of years. Transparency, regulation, and technology trends will play an important role in the future of the art and finance industry. However, a collaborative approach between all stakeholders (art professionals, collectors (young and old), and wealth managers) is essential if we are to address the pressing issues and challenges we face, particularly as regards increasing trust in the art market today and in the years to come.

Art & Finance report 2017

It is now six years since the first issue of the report was published and it has been exciting to follow and monitor how the Art & Finance industry has evolved over the years. In this anniversary report we have brought together and compared the findings and developments from the previous four editions with this year’s findings.

Increasing competition in the wealth management industry has put emphasis on a more holistic wealth management model, which has become a key driver and motivation for incorporating art-related wealth into the service offering.

A lot has happened since we launched the inaugural issue in 2011. One major change over these years has been a shift in the primary focus on art investment toward issues around the management of art-related wealth, including art-secured lending, estate planning, art advisory, and risk management. What is particularly encouraging this year is that we are seeing both a confirmation of the increasing convergence between collectors, art professionals, and wealth managers on the role of art in a wealth management service offering, as well as a convergence of different stakeholder initiatives when it comes to improving art market transparency and the infrastructure around the management of art and collectible wealth. Many of these tools and services are mentioned in this report.

Art & Finance report 2017 - Key facts

Art & Finance report 2016

The 2016 Art & Finance report comes at a challenging time for both the art market and the wealth management industry. With the art market growth showing signs of slowing toward the end of 2015 and in early 2016, combined with slower economic growth, increasing volatility in the financial markets, and geopolitical uncertainty, the picture is becoming more complex and unpredictable.

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Art & Finance report 2014

Based on the findings of this report, the wealth management industry is clearly taking a more strategic view on art as an asset class and how it might be used as a tool to build stronger and deeper relationships with clients, in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

(PDF - 4.5 MB)

Art & Finance report 2013

Since the first report, we observed significant shifts in perceptions of the role of art in finance, as well as the role of finance in art. What emerges from the 2013 report is a gradual convergence in the motivation and interests of key stakeholders in the art market and wealth management community as regards art as an asset class, and this trend is driven by the client.

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Art & Finance report 2011

This first report was focused on establishing a better understanding of the boundaries of the emerging Art & Finance industry, the concerns and motivations of its stakeholders and the potential of art as an asset class among the wealth management community. 

(PDF - 3.4 MB)
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