Marlborough Gallery is caught up in another legal matter. Prosecutors in France have charged the gallery and their director of Asian arts, Philippe Koutouzis, with bribery. They are claiming that Jean-Paul Desroches (retired curator from the Guimet Museum) received “compensation” from Marlborough and the family of Chu Teh-Chun (an artist represented by the gallery) in order to set up an exhibition of Chu’s work at the museum in 2009. Chu passed away in 2014.
If this turns out to be true, it opens up a small window into the upper end of the art market. More on this story as it becomes available.