Russian Avant-Garde at the Museum Ludwig: Original and Fake. Questions, Research, Explanations”
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, until 3 Jan 2021
After a long period in which it was taboo, an increasing number of museums are becoming more transparent on how they deal with inauthentic works.
The Museum Ludwig is presenting research on the authenticity of works in its collection with a studio exhibition on the Russian avant-garde.
The Museum Ludwig is currently investigating its collection of paintings with the help of international scholars. This research represents an important contribution to the international discourse on the Russian avant-garde. One goal is to identify and distinguish incorrect attributions in the museum’s collection.
The exhibition presents a plethora of findings. With twenty-seven works by, or formerly attributed to Ljubow Popowa, Kliment Redko, Nikolai Suetin, Nina Kogan, El Lissitzky, and other artists, it showcases art historical and technological methods for making artistic authorship and questionable attributions recognizable. Visitors can look behind the scenes and gain an understanding of provenance research and various investigative techniques such as infrared and X-ray images, fabric tests, and material analyses.
A catalogue has been published alongside: “Russian Avant-Garde at the Museum Ludwig: Original and Fake Questions, Research, Explanations“ (in German and English), Cologne: Walther König, ISBN 978-3-96098-897-7 / 29,80 euros (retail price), 25 euros (museum price)