AXA Art Establishes Partnership with ‘Behind Closed Doors’

Relationship facilitates entree to some of Toronto’s Most Prestigious Art Collections Project an initiative of Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary that raises funds for cancer research

NEW YORK, June 24 2008 — AXA Art is pleased to announced that it has cemented a partnership with “Behind Closed Doors — An Entree to Private Collections.” The brainchild of co-chairs, Arlene and Stephen Heller, Behind Closed Doors is quickly becoming one of Toronto’s most successful “must see, must attend” art events.

On October 26, 2008 following a brunch at Toronto’s downtown Four Seasons hotel, participants from the arts, business, corporate and philanthropic community will be transported to, and escorted through some of the City’s most prestigious collections of paintings, photography, tribal art, sculpture and antiques. Each tour will be personally guided by the collector or in some instances by a professional docent, who will offer rare insights into the remarkable collections of up to four select venues. The day’s activities culminate in a coffee reception.

Proceeds from the Behind Closed Doors event support vital cancer care and research at the Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

In commenting on the partnership agreement, Christiane Fischer, CEO of AXA Art remarked, “AXA Art is proud to develop a relationship with Toronto’s “Behind Closed Doors” — a community that is as passionate about art as we are. We view this as an important association, especially in light of the formidable work the event supports at The Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre.”

Arlene & Stephen Heller Co-Chairs of Behind Closed Doors offered the following statement, “We welcome AXA Art to the Behind Closed Doors team. We are confident that the wonderful synergies between us will elevate this event to even greater heights.”

AXA distinguishes itself around the world, with a reputation of industry leadership in product innovation, market development and service delivery. Building on past successes of AXA Art in the U.S., in 2007, the company expanded its service offerings to make available a comprehensive portfolio of customized art insurance products and related services to meet the growing demands of individual art collectors, museums, galleries, corporations, galleries, trusts, traveling exhibitions and artists in the Canadian marketplace.

AXA Art’s Vice President and Senior Underwriter Ann-Louise Seago said, “The Behind Closed Doors event facilitates a glimpse at some exceptional collections and the opportunity to introduce AXA Art and begin building relationships within the Canadian art community.”

AXA offers policies to insure objects in every active area of collecting, from paints, drawings and sculpture to rare stamps and coins, antique furnishings, decorative art objects, vintage wine, rare books to vintage vehicles and emerging collectibles. The company’s enhanced service benefits are augmented by the proficiency of its 50 international art historians. AXA’s relationships with preferred Canadian-based brokers play a key role in its service delivery.

About AXA Art Insurance

AXA Art is the leading global Art Insurer with international headquarters in Cologne, Germany, and offices in France, the UK, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, North America and Asia. The company insures objects in every active area of collecting which extends from paintings, drawings and sculpture to rare stamps, antique furnishings and vintage vehicles. AXA Art serves a wide range of clients, from first-time purchasers to the world’s most respected collectors, as well as artists, museums, galleries, corporations, and exhibition. In North America AXA Art maintains operations in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and Boston as well as Toronto and Montreal. For more information visit