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I’ll make [her] an offer [s]he can’t refuse

January 30, 2018

Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent

That’s what Igor Toporkovski must have said when he donated 26 questionable works to the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent.  According to The Art Newspaper, every piece from an exhibition of Russian Avant-Garde works has issues.  Experts and researchers are claiming that works by Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Vladimir Tatlin, Lazar el Lissitzky, Alexei Jawlensky, Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov and others are basically unknown.  No historical records, no detailed provenance, no previous sales history, and cannot be found in their respective catalogue raisonné (a scholarly source which lists all known works by an artist).

Catherine de Zegher, the director of the museum has claimed she will “rewrite the history of the Russian avant-garde”. I wonder how she will do that considering her ‘expertise’ is in the field of Contemporary art