Recently, the Russian avant-garde has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The last few months have been dominated by news of dubious art; the grand fiasco at the Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Ghent was followed by news of the conviction of…
The story which began back in June 2013, following the arrest of the art dealer and alleged mastermind behind one of the largest forgery rings of Russian avant-garde, has come to a close as the 1 800 confiscated works have been miraculously declared genuine. The…
In a surprising turn of events, all of the questionable artworks exhibited at the Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Ghent, Belgium have now been taken down and placed in storage. The exhibits are currently under investigation, and the pieces are being tested for authenticity.
The Flemish newspaper De Standaard, which has been covering the story in Belgium, has revealed new facts about the case. According to De Standaard, on Monday evening, the director of Museum voor Schone Kunsten (MSK) Catherine de Zegher said in a meeting with the city’s…
The scandal over the works of questionable Russian avant-garde briefly on show in the Museum voor Schone Kunsten (MSK) in Ghent, has seen yet another development.
On the 24 February, the Flemish newspaper De Standaard revealed that the loan agreement established between Toporovsky’s Dieleghem Foundation…
The focus of the story are two paintings by famous masters of the Russian avant-garde: Samovar (1913) by Kazimir Malevich and Abstract Conposition (1918) by Lyubov Popova. Both of these paintings have been believed to be genuine works of Russian avant-garde residing in the Museum’s…
The FBI has finally concluded the chase of a painting by one of the famous Russian avant-garde painters, Marc Chagall , stolen in 1988 from the New York City home of Ernest Heller and Rose Heller, which housed an impressive collection of 20 paintings and…
“In recent years "Sunset in the steppe" by Aivazovsky, "Portrait of Obolensky" by Tropinin, "Turkic girl" by Bryullov, "Girl in a red kerchief" by Kramskoy, and many other paintings by famous Russian artists have been stolen from the museums of Uzbekistan. Most of them are…
Below is a translated version of the original interview in Russian by The Art Newspaper, the original can be found by following the link here .
Huge scandals associated with counterfeiting of Russian avant-garde broke out in the beginning of this year in Europe…
The gallery owners and husband and wife duo, Kati Marjatta Karkkiainen and Reijo Pollari, have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay €13 million in damages for selling hundreds of forged artworks over the last five years.
The couple was arrested and sentenced by…