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WHAT IS UNFOLD Art XCHANGE?

UNFOLD Art XChange is an unparalleled B2B art business conference and summits platform. 

Enticing the world's premier private bankers, financial advisors, wealth managers, government authorities, spatial designers, real estate developers and hoteliers with art market professionals, UNFOLD Art XChange aims to become one of the largest multicultural art exchanges and the referential art talks platform that brings together diverse cultures across international art landscapes.

Testimonials

"The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB) was one of the best organized and most meaningful conferences ever for culture and tech to meet. It was also one of the best conferences I have ever attended!”
Nanne Dekking
Chairman of the Board TEFAF & Founder Artory
New York, USA
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) brought together all the right people from several disconnected communities to share the kind of knowledge and ideas that will inevitably influence the future. A decade from now we will look back at this conference as one of the most pivotal moments in the development of art.”
Andrew Shum
Founder Thread Genius and VP & Director of Product
New York, USA
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) is becoming a turning point in middle eastern art scene creating a bridge between the most forward thinking western ArtTech organizations and artists, and the middle eastern community and touching upon the topics that are not as widely explored even in the West.”
Elena Zavelev
Founder New Art Academy & CADAF and Contributing writer at Forbes
new york, USA
“Had an incredible few days at Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders). Great organization by Artem Holdings, who managed to bring together the strongest group of arttech experts I have met in the past 3 years!”
Joel Kremer
Co-Founder, The Kremer Collection
Amsterdam, Netherlands
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) was one of the best seminar I have ever experienced. The format and the topics the people made were very relevant!”
Sylvain Levy
Co-Founder, dslcollection
Paris, France
“I was very impressed by the high profile group of speakers and did not miss a single lecture or panel. A comprehensive range of topics were dealt with at the Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) and it was a great learning experience!”
Dirk Boll
President EMERI, Christie’s
London, UK
“Amazing Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) with top quality people across the board. Fantastic meeting with everyone and thanks again Artem Holdings for doing such a wonderful job organizing the event and giving us all this amazing shared experience.”
Jason Bailey
Founder, Artnome
boston, CA
"The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) has been an eye-opener on how technology is impacting the sector of arts and culture lately. It has made me reflect on how philanthropy will be affected next by the rise of blockchain and how technology could transform the sector catering for more collaborations, efficiency and transparency."
Oussama RifahI
Board Member, Arab Fund for Art & Culture (AFAC)
Beirut, Lebanon
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) was an amazing gathering of like-minded people who were extremely willing to share their expertise. It opened my eyes to the world of blockchain and tokens, and most importantly I met potential partners as well."
Angelita Teo
Director, National Museum of Singapore
Singapore
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) was the most impressive constellation of brilliant minds in the word of art! It was a pleasure to spend these fascinating few days in Bahrain with our fellow speakers. The high calibre of the participants made for an instructive and inspiring conference. Not only did we learn much from the talks but were also grateful for the time to pool ideas with others equally interested in the transformative power new technological tools can have in the arts. We found much scope for collaboration with the other participants and have already begun taking active steps towards integrating and enacting the discussions that took place. We will continue a dialogue with the DSL and Kremer Collections who are, like us, actively involved in the VR Art space, and were delighted for the chance to share our thoughts and ideas on the future of the medium. We also made new connections with artists and entrepreneurs working slightly outside of our sphere, interested in AI and blockchain technologies, and are enthusiastic to carry on these discussions.  “
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) was the most impressive constellation of brilliant minds in the word of art! It was a pleasure to spend these fascinating few days in Bahrain with our fellow speakers. The high calibre of the participants made for an instructive and inspiring conference. Not only did we learn much from the talks but were also grateful for the time to pool ideas with others equally interested in the transformative power new technological tools can have in the arts. We found much scope for collaboration with the other participants and have already begun taking active steps towards integrating and enacting the discussions that took place. We will continue a dialogue with the DSL and Kremer Collections who are, like us, actively involved in the VR Art space, and were delighted for the chance to share our thoughts and ideas on the future of the medium. We also made new connections with artists and entrepreneurs working slightly outside of our sphere, interested in AI and blockchain technologies, and are enthusiastic to carry on these discussions.

We were also very pleased to be invited by Unfold to participate in the Virtual Reality space at ArtBAB. There was a seamless crossover with the conference: the space complimented the talks, allowing people to experience the pieces we discussed in the VR-focused panels. Beyond that though it opened up the space to the visiting public and locals; it allowed us to engage new audiences who had never had experience of the technology. A particular highlight was watching a group of small children interact with the artworks over several hours, believing themselves to be transported to foreign lands each time they put a headset on. This for us exemplified the incredible power the technology could have in education, engaging young audiences through interactivity and play. “
Jens and Marsha Faurschou
Co-Founder & Partner, Khora Contemporary
Copenhangen, Denmark
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) was my pleasure sharing ArtVenture with all the most innovative and forward-thinking art professionals gathered by Unfold Art XChange. I left the conference with lots of promising new partnerships and friendships. I feel supported with my ArtVenture journey thanks to Artem Holdings!”
Zike Woo
Co-Founder, ArtVenture
Montreal, Canada
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) was memorable and in many ways a unique conference. The kind and much appreciated hospitality and perfect organization of such event, made this experience for me invaluable and quite different from the many I attended through the years. Thanks to Artem Holdings, at the end of the conference, I felt like I was one of many longtime friends which gathered in Manama for a reunion. Very pleasant feeling. Grazie!!!”
Maurizio Seracini
Founder, Editech Art & Science Srl
Florence, Italy
“It was my pleasure being part of such an excellent and informative event. I salute Artem Holdings for the dedication, courage and professionalism in organizing the Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) with such high profile speakers and excellent content.”
Dr Hatim Al-Tahir
Director, Deloitte ME Islamic Finance Knowledge Center (IFKC), Deloitte & Touche
Manama, Bahrain
"Thank you for convening an amazing group of thought makers at the inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange to engage in conversations around equity and access and the role that artists as creative strategists/makers have when they are integrated into the project teams of architects, developers and engineers to design environments that invite people to linger, converse and connect. It what establishes destinations for communities to thrive and grow no matter where in the world. The quality of the talks was amazing. I had access and opportunities to engage with other thought makers to share and learn promising practices in the field and strategies to further evolve public art."
Pauline Kanako Kamiyama
Deputy Director Civic Art, Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Los Angeles, USA
“The inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange was a fantastic first year. The production values were very high, the speaker list impressive, and the setting exquisite.
Jesse Brackenbury
Executive Director, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Boston, USA
"The inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange was of high quality. The agenda over the four days was art world relevant and well framed, with interesting and knowledgable panelists. The Unfold organisers were professional and attentive. I look forward to participating in future conferences."
Harvey Mendelson
Co-Founder & Managing Director, 1858 Art Advisory
London, UK
“The entire group of moderators, panelists and interviewers/interviewees at the inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange was impressive, both in their credentials and their performances. The location was terrific; the events and meals were lovely; and everything was expertly organized.”
Christopher Stowe
Managing Director, Hanover Innovative Payment
New York, USA
“Thank you Artem Holdings for an amazing event. Well done and congratulations for the inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange. Very well organized event and you have our full support from all of us at JT+Partners.”
Joe Tabet
Managing Partner, JT+Partners
Dubai, UAE
“I wanted to express my sincere thanks for an absolutely incredible event. The calibre of speakers you had for the inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange was phenomenal and the organisation amazing. The accommodation and meals were fantastic and overall I loved every moment.”
Paul Bruce-Band
General Manager, Ellerman House
Cape Town, South Africa
“Congratulations on the event. We really enjoyed the inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange and believe that we have a number of business opportunities as a result.”
Seth Peller
Global CEO Fine Art, Jewellery & Specie, Willis Towers Watson
London, UK
“Thank you for all what Artem Holdings arranged and created for this inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange. It was wonderful and I am sure that Artem Holdings will take this to highest level."
Ramin Salsali
Founder Salsali Private Museum
Dubai, UAE
“Thank you for all the organizing that Artem Holdings did. I must complement everyone on how I was treated. Everything went smoothly from the moment I arrived. The inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange also provided a fantastic networking opportunity and allowed me the chance to connect with some people I have been wanting to meet over the past year.”
Dr Paul Bayliss
Absa Art & Museum Curator, Absa Bank, Barclays Africa Group
Johannesburg, South Africa
"The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB) was one of the best organized and most meaningful conferences ever for culture and tech to meet. It was also one of the best conferences I have ever attended!”
Nanne Dekking
Chairman of the Board TEFAF & Founder Artory
New York, USA
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) brought together all the right people from several disconnected communities to share the kind of knowledge and ideas that will inevitably influence the future. A decade from now we will look back at this conference as one of the most pivotal moments in the development of art.”
Andrew Shum
Founder Thread Genius and VP & Director of Product
New York, USA
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) is becoming a turning point in middle eastern art scene creating a bridge between the most forward thinking western ArtTech organizations and artists, and the middle eastern community and touching upon the topics that are not as widely explored even in the West.”
Elena Zavelev
Founder New Art Academy & CADAF and Contributing writer at Forbes
new york, USA
“Had an incredible few days at Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders). Great organization by Artem Holdings, who managed to bring together the strongest group of arttech experts I have met in the past 3 years!”
Joel Kremer
Co-Founder, The Kremer Collection
Amsterdam, Netherlands
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) was one of the best seminar I have ever experienced. The format and the topics the people made were very relevant!”
Sylvain Levy
Co-Founder, dslcollection
Paris, France
“I was very impressed by the high profile group of speakers and did not miss a single lecture or panel. A comprehensive range of topics were dealt with at the Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) and it was a great learning experience!”
Dirk Boll
President EMERI, Christie’s
London, UK
“Amazing Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) with top quality people across the board. Fantastic meeting with everyone and thanks again Artem Holdings for doing such a wonderful job organizing the event and giving us all this amazing shared experience.”
Jason Bailey
Founder, Artnome
boston, CA
"The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) has been an eye-opener on how technology is impacting the sector of arts and culture lately. It has made me reflect on how philanthropy will be affected next by the rise of blockchain and how technology could transform the sector catering for more collaborations, efficiency and transparency."
Oussama RifahI
Board Member, Arab Fund for Art & Culture (AFAC)
Beirut, Lebanon
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) was an amazing gathering of like-minded people who were extremely willing to share their expertise. It opened my eyes to the world of blockchain and tokens, and most importantly I met potential partners as well."
Angelita Teo
Director, National Museum of Singapore
Singapore
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) was the most impressive constellation of brilliant minds in the word of art! It was a pleasure to spend these fascinating few days in Bahrain with our fellow speakers. The high calibre of the participants made for an instructive and inspiring conference. Not only did we learn much from the talks but were also grateful for the time to pool ideas with others equally interested in the transformative power new technological tools can have in the arts. We found much scope for collaboration with the other participants and have already begun taking active steps towards integrating and enacting the discussions that took place. We will continue a dialogue with the DSL and Kremer Collections who are, like us, actively involved in the VR Art space, and were delighted for the chance to share our thoughts and ideas on the future of the medium. We also made new connections with artists and entrepreneurs working slightly outside of our sphere, interested in AI and blockchain technologies, and are enthusiastic to carry on these discussions.  “
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) was the most impressive constellation of brilliant minds in the word of art! It was a pleasure to spend these fascinating few days in Bahrain with our fellow speakers. The high calibre of the participants made for an instructive and inspiring conference. Not only did we learn much from the talks but were also grateful for the time to pool ideas with others equally interested in the transformative power new technological tools can have in the arts. We found much scope for collaboration with the other participants and have already begun taking active steps towards integrating and enacting the discussions that took place. We will continue a dialogue with the DSL and Kremer Collections who are, like us, actively involved in the VR Art space, and were delighted for the chance to share our thoughts and ideas on the future of the medium. We also made new connections with artists and entrepreneurs working slightly outside of our sphere, interested in AI and blockchain technologies, and are enthusiastic to carry on these discussions.

We were also very pleased to be invited by Unfold to participate in the Virtual Reality space at ArtBAB. There was a seamless crossover with the conference: the space complimented the talks, allowing people to experience the pieces we discussed in the VR-focused panels. Beyond that though it opened up the space to the visiting public and locals; it allowed us to engage new audiences who had never had experience of the technology. A particular highlight was watching a group of small children interact with the artworks over several hours, believing themselves to be transported to foreign lands each time they put a headset on. This for us exemplified the incredible power the technology could have in education, engaging young audiences through interactivity and play. “
Jens and Marsha Faurschou
Co-Founder & Partner, Khora Contemporary
Copenhangen, Denmark
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) was my pleasure sharing ArtVenture with all the most innovative and forward-thinking art professionals gathered by Unfold Art XChange. I left the conference with lots of promising new partnerships and friendships. I feel supported with my ArtVenture journey thanks to Artem Holdings!”
Zike Woo
Co-Founder, ArtVenture
Montreal, Canada
“The Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) was memorable and in many ways a unique conference. The kind and much appreciated hospitality and perfect organization of such event, made this experience for me invaluable and quite different from the many I attended through the years. Thanks to Artem Holdings, at the end of the conference, I felt like I was one of many longtime friends which gathered in Manama for a reunion. Very pleasant feeling. Grazie!!!”
Maurizio Seracini
Founder, Editech Art & Science Srl
Florence, Italy
“It was my pleasure being part of such an excellent and informative event. I salute Artem Holdings for the dedication, courage and professionalism in organizing the Art + FinTech summit 2019 at ArtBAB (Art Bahrain Across Borders) with such high profile speakers and excellent content.”
Dr Hatim Al-Tahir
Director, Deloitte ME Islamic Finance Knowledge Center (IFKC), Deloitte & Touche
Manama, Bahrain
"Thank you for convening an amazing group of thought makers at the inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange to engage in conversations around equity and access and the role that artists as creative strategists/makers have when they are integrated into the project teams of architects, developers and engineers to design environments that invite people to linger, converse and connect. It what establishes destinations for communities to thrive and grow no matter where in the world. The quality of the talks was amazing. I had access and opportunities to engage with other thought makers to share and learn promising practices in the field and strategies to further evolve public art."
Pauline Kanako Kamiyama
Deputy Director Civic Art, Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Los Angeles, USA
“The inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange was a fantastic first year. The production values were very high, the speaker list impressive, and the setting exquisite.
Jesse Brackenbury
Executive Director, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Boston, USA
"The inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange was of high quality. The agenda over the four days was art world relevant and well framed, with interesting and knowledgable panelists. The Unfold organisers were professional and attentive. I look forward to participating in future conferences."
Harvey Mendelson
Co-Founder & Managing Director, 1858 Art Advisory
London, UK
“The entire group of moderators, panelists and interviewers/interviewees at the inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange was impressive, both in their credentials and their performances. The location was terrific; the events and meals were lovely; and everything was expertly organized.”
Christopher Stowe
Managing Director, Hanover Innovative Payment
New York, USA
“Thank you Artem Holdings for an amazing event. Well done and congratulations for the inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange. Very well organized event and you have our full support from all of us at JT+Partners.”
Joe Tabet
Managing Partner, JT+Partners
Dubai, UAE
“I wanted to express my sincere thanks for an absolutely incredible event. The calibre of speakers you had for the inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange was phenomenal and the organisation amazing. The accommodation and meals were fantastic and overall I loved every moment.”
Paul Bruce-Band
General Manager, Ellerman House
Cape Town, South Africa
“Congratulations on the event. We really enjoyed the inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange and believe that we have a number of business opportunities as a result.”
Seth Peller
Global CEO Fine Art, Jewellery & Specie, Willis Towers Watson
London, UK
“Thank you for all what Artem Holdings arranged and created for this inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange. It was wonderful and I am sure that Artem Holdings will take this to highest level."
Ramin Salsali
Founder Salsali Private Museum
Dubai, UAE
“Thank you for all the organizing that Artem Holdings did. I must complement everyone on how I was treated. Everything went smoothly from the moment I arrived. The inaugural edition of UNFOLD Art XChange also provided a fantastic networking opportunity and allowed me the chance to connect with some people I have been wanting to meet over the past year.”
Dr Paul Bayliss
Absa Art & Museum Curator, Absa Bank, Barclays Africa Group
Johannesburg, South Africa

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