Museum of counterfeit art

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8 Responses to “Museum of counterfeit art”

  1. Avram says:

    Old story I think I heard in art school:

    Pablo Picasso had a friend who was an art collector and dealer. This guy asked Picasso to go through his collection and separate out the fakes and forgeries from the real Picasso paintings.

    So there’s Picasso, going through all these paintings — “real, real, fake, real, that’s fake, that one too, that’s a real one, fake, fake” — when his friend interrupts him. “Wait, Pablo, that one’s not fake; I saw you paint it with my own eyes!”

    Picasso says “What, I can fake a Picasso as well as anyone else!”

  2. Anonymous says:

    Picasso once fooled Renoir into signing a fake Renoir he (Picasso) had painted…

  3. Wareq says:

    Ye gods – flying penis, art forgery semantics – what’ll the Schroedinger’s Cat Trilogy trifecta story be?

  4. Takuan says:

    never see a museum of plagiarists though

  5. StCredZero says:

    That’s not the real museum of fake art. That’s a cleverly designed facsimile whose purpose is to fool you into thinking it’s the museum of fake art. Those aren’t real fakes. They’re fake fakes. Which means they’re real. Those guys are loaded!

  6. CountD says:

    It’s only a matter of time before artists start counterfeiting the counterfeiters.

  7. Metronicity says:

    Love this story! Here’s more on the subject – In 1988 The Hitler Diaries forger Konrad Kujau, after being released from four years of prison, opened a gallery in Stuttgart where he sold “authentic fakes”. Authentic fakes – don’t you love it? These included not only forgeries of Hitler’s paintings, but also reproductions of Dalis, Monets, Rembrandts, and Van Goghs. He signed each painting with both his own name and that of the original artist. Many of these “authentic fakes” sold for tens of thousands of marks. In fact, his work became so popular that other forgers began to create forged copies of Kujau’s forgeries.
    It gets better. When Kujau died in 2000, his great-niece, Petra Kujau, was subsequently charged with selling hundreds of fakes of his fakes. Turns out she was buying oil paintings from Asia for as little as 10 euros apiece, write Kujau’s signature on them, and flogging them off for up to 3,500 euros! ha ha ha. More here – Forgeries of Forgeries

  8. deepstructure says:

    you know there has to be an original in there somewhere…

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