Developing the AiA/NAI (Netherlands Arbitration Institute) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Board, specialized on art related legal disputes. The Board will offer ADR procedures such as arbitration and mediation, offering an alternative to the regular court. These procedures will distinguish themselves from the regular court proceedings by being specialized and more efficient. This is the result of its arbiters/mediators, that will have prior knowledge and experience in the art world. The Board will be launched at the 2018 AiA Congress.
Establishing a pool of experts for the ADR Board. The Board procedures will be run by expert arbiters and mediators. Furthermore it will offer the possibility for independent
expert-witnesses being provided by the Board. These experts will come from the legal, the art historical and the technical art historical fields. Currently the selection procedure and criteria are being developed with the assistance of Prof Dr E.J.H. Schrage, who has published extensively on Art & Law, he is also one of the founding members of the NAI.
Developing custom Rules of Procedures for the ADR Board. The Workgroup Art & Law is currently amending the NAI Rules of Procedures for both arbitration and mediation procedures. The rules will be amended in such a way that they fit the international and highly specialized character of the ADR procedures provided by the Board.
Establishing international accreditation for laboratories involved with the technical examination of artworks. AiA is looking into developing or amending international standards that can serve as an objective basis for the accreditation of these laboratories. For the development of standards AiA is cooperating with the Royal Dutch Standardization Institute (NEN), who is the National Standardization Body of the Netherlands for both ISO and CEN.
The Workgroup on Technical Art History is currently working on developing a scientific reference work for examination techniques used in the technical examination of artworks. This reference work will be presented at the 2018 AiA Congress.
Organizing the 2018 Authentication in Art Congress. The AiA Congress will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands, 7–8 June, 2018. The congress language is English. The Topics of the 2018 AiA Congress will be: Technical Art History, The Center of it all: The Object and the AiA/NAI Mediation Board (Art & Law).
The congress organization is currently finalizing the Congress Program and preparing the ticket sale. The Congres Program will be published at the start of November, the ticket sale will open shortly after.
The Call for Papers is still open until 30 November 2017. The selection committee is currently evaluating the already received papers.
Past Activities 2017
‘Autenticazione in arte: passato, posizioni attuali, direzioni future’, paper presented by Milko den Leeuw at ‘Verità e menzogna nel falso. Complessità della concezione di autenticità del patrimonio culturale Truth and lies in fakes and forgeries. Complexity of the concept of authenticity in cultural heritage’, hosted by Dipartimento di Beni Culturali Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Campus di Ravenna, 16-17 March 2017.
‘Connoisseurship and Technical Examination: Opposites or Complementary Methods?’, paper presented by Milko den Leeuw & Oliver Spapens at ‘International symposium on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Max J. Friedländer’s birth.’, hosted by Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, 8 June 2017.