New York's Guggenheim Museum has opened a most unusual exhibit of art works featuring the French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
New York's Guggenheim Museum has opened a most unusual exhibit of art works featuring the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It is unusual because many of the Rodin drawings and paintings displayed are actually forgeries.
Museum officials have invited the public to test their skill in determining the authentic Rodina from the fakes. Each visitor to the exhibit is given a cord on which he can make other true or false as he passes the works which all carry Rodin's signature.
SYNOPSIS: The Rodin exhibit at New York's Guggenhim's museum is half art and half forgery. Although best known for his sculpture, Rodin also produced some 7,000 drawings in his lifetime. But other drawings and paintings long believed to be authentic Rodins have since proved to be fakes.
So, the museum hit upon the idea of mixing forged works with the real thing, and then inviting the public in to test their skill at determining which is which..
The forgeries look authentic and carry Rodin's signature. Many attributed to the French sculptor have been exhibited around the world. Some of the fakes were done by Ernest Dury, who claimed to be Rodin's last pupil. As it turns out, he had the nasty habit of signing his master's name to own paintings.
Visitors to the exhibit are provided with cards on which they can write true or false for a particular work. Actually it is no disgrace to be fooled by the forge Many of them have been thought of as originals for quite some time. In fact, art experts now say that about 60 per cent of the paintings that were attributed to Rodin have been proved to be fake.