Some of the field’s leading scholars and dealers are criticizing the exhibition of works loaned by a Russian businessman.
Colin Gleadell, January 15, 2018
Paintings on the walls purportedly by Olga Rozanova, Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky; works by Alexander Rodchenko and Lyubov Popova (far right). Image courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent.
An exhibition of 26 never-before-seen Russian avant-garde works, purportedly made in the early 20th century by such radical artists as Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, and Vladimir Tatlin, is coming under scrutiny this week. A number of prominent Russian art specialists are questioning the authorship of the works in an open letter to the Art Newspaper.
The paintings are on view in an exhibition called “Russian Modernism” at the Museum voor Schone Kunsten (MSK) in Ghent, Belgium. They are on loan from the Dieleghem Foundation, a registered charity owned by Brussels-based Russian businessman and art collector Igor Toporovski. The presentation, which opened at the end of October, is the prelude to a larger exhibition on the subject scheduled to debut at the museum at the end of 2018, according to the Belgian newspaper L’Echo
……..Although the word “fake” is not used in the letter, it is clear that the experts are suspicious that the works on display in Ghent could be inauthentic……..