Pool of Arbitrators

Philippe Koutouzi

Chairman of T'ang Haywen Archives

Philippe formerly Chargé de mission of the Musée des Arts asiatiques Guimet was put in charge, between 2003 and 2010, of the creation and development of the Asia program at Marlborough Gallery New York. His exhibitions Zao Wou-Ki Recent Works (2003) and Chu Teh-Chun, Paintings (2006) changed the status of these two artists on the international market. He co-organized and managed at Guimet Sanyu l'Ecriture du Corps (2004) and was guest curator of T'ang Haywen, Paths of Ink (2002) at Guimet, Paris, and Shiseido Foundation, Tokyo. He has participated as guest curator and organizer in two major exhibitions at the National Art Museum of China: Manolo Valdés, Paintings and Sculptures in 2008 and Chu Teh-Chun Retrospective in 2010. He has published books, press articles and given conferences.

Starting in 2011, Philippe has been involved in several legal proceedings challenging his expertise and rights to T'ang Haywen's work. They have all found their conclusion in a decision of the French Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation) of 28 February 2018 which explicitly rejected all the charges against him (see Légifrance Cassation-Chambre criminelle-arrest 28 February 2018 -16-87.353).

Several articles published in Le Journal des Arts, The Art Newspaper, Art Forum and Art Asia Pacific commented on this important decision. See details in News and Legal Information on the website of T’ang Haywen Archives.

Since 1995 Philippe is compiling the catalogue raisonné of T’ang Haywen (1927-1991). He is the beneficiary of the copyrights on the work of T’ang and registered as such since 1997 near the A.D.A.G.P - Paris. He is also a member of the CRSA, Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association, New York and, in 2019, he was admitted in the UFE (Union Française des Experts).

Philippe has developed a good understanding of all the situations created by the authentication and marketing of artworks. He does not have a law degree but has learned from experience and makes a point to always adopt an objective, scientific and sensible approach of all the questions surrounding conflictual situations encountered on the art market. It is this experience that has shaped his conviction that arbitration can often be the best solution for the resolution of conflicts.

Philippe studied law and commerce but did not complete his studies and entered professional life in 1980.

He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Jurisdiction: Hong Kong, France and U.S.A