Italian police investigate organisers of fake Modigliani show

From BBC - January 11, 2018

Italian police are investigating three organisers of a Modigliani exhibition after all but one of the paintings were shown to be fake.

The exhibition opened to great fanfare in Genoa last March, but closed in July after experts raised suspicions that the works were forgeries.

Art historians have now concluded that 20 of the paintings are indeed fakes.

Amedeo Modigliani's work often fetches huge sums, but experts say he's one of the most copied artists in the world.

The fakes from the Genoa exhibition, which was held at the city's Ducal Palace, will now be destroyed, in accordance with Italian law.

The palace, which was forced to close the show three months early, is itself seeking damages from the private organisers of the exhibition.


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