THE HEIGHT OF THE ABSURD IN ART FORGERY-Frida Blockbuster Full of Fakes, Vezolli’s PS1 Show Scrapped, and More

The paintings on display are replicas of Kahlo’s work. They were commissioned from four Chinese artists who are not credited. Yet the  the exhibit says, “This is the only exhibition worldwide where all of her paintings can be seen in one place. Some paintings, especially from Kahlo’s early years, have never before been seen.”

“To have a show entirely of copies and to promote it as all Frida Kahlo’s paintings together for the first time is completely dishonest,” he said.

The Kahlo exhibit is the masterpiece and passion of Dr. Mariella Remund and her partner Hans-Jürgen Gehrke. Neither of them has an arts background but together they’ve put 30 years into this project.

They conceived it, hired the Chinese artists and staked their life savings on it. Why?

“Because we are crazy,” Remund said.






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  1. From KPBS:
    Frida Kahlo Exhibit Organizers Respond To Criticism
    Wednesday, November 27, 2013
    By Angela Carone
    The producers of an exhibition featuring replicas of Frida Kahlo paintings have added language to materials clarifying that the paintings are replicas and not originals, according to a press release received Wednesday.

    Changes were made to address concerns raised in this KPBS story that the show’s organizers have not been clear enough about the replicas. The release states: “The producers have added copy at the entrance of the exhibition, in the exhibition catalog, and in print ads.”

    A spokeswoman for the exhibition explained that a label had been added to the inside cover of the exhibition catalog stating that the paintings are replicas. The catalog is used as a guide through the show.

    The print ads were also changed. A spokeswoman said the information at the exhibition entrance is an 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of paper taped to the ticket counter and the door of the exhibit. This information was in place last week. In two sentences, they explain that the paintings are replicas.

    Global Entertainment Properties (GEP1), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company is producing the touring exhibition and working in conjunction with the exhibition creators and curators, Dr. Mariella Remund and Hans-Jürgen Gehrke.

    “We are honored to have secured this fantastic collection of replicas allowing an experience unlike any other,” GEP1’s Martin Biallas explained in the press release. “Frida Kahlo’s original paintings are either in museums, private collections or lost. So these replicas, painted by masters, create the opportunity to see all of her work in a single place.”


    A reproduction is any sort of copy of an original object. A graphic technique using the process of lithography.

    A fake, false or forgery is the process of making or imitating objects with the intent to deceive.

    A replica is a repetition of the original artwork. Replicas are often used for historical purposes, such as being placed in a museum.
    The replica of an original object can only be made:
    by the artist who made the original artwork, and after the death of the artist,
    the holder of the artist copyright can authorize a repetition of the original artwork.
    The Frida Kahlo oil paintings in the traveling exhibition throughout the U.S. are replicas licensed from © Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008.
    Banco de México represents the copyright holder of Frida Kahlo’s works. Diego Rivera, husband of Frida Kahlo, bequeathed the rights of his and Kahlo’s works to the country of Mexico, the Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Museums Trust was created, and this is represented by Banco de México.

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