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Original + Forgery + Kopie + … from the collection of the Sprengel Museum Hannover – on display til the end of the year.

The guardians of German art collections are again in again in a state of alarm since the case of Wolfgang Beltracchi. Almost every collection contains works that for varying reasons have been forged, copied, recast or reprinted. Art historically, such well-covered cases as Beltracchi’s are the least interesting. This can also be demonstrated by examples from the Sprengel Museum Hannover that have mistakenly been exhibited over the decades as questionable originals.

Faking Artists

Works by such prominent artists as Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Giacometti, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Beckmann and Wols that in the meanwhile have proven to be replicas, forgeries and copies will be exhibited in the third cabinet-like gallery in the extension. They will be accompanied by original works by the same artists in addition to information on the current state of research on each ‘case’, which has been the result of decades-long collaboration with scholars, the compiling of catalogue raisonnés, conservation measures and provenance research. Discussions concerning potential forgeries, the outcomes of which are still open, will also be presented.

Scholarly Strategy

The presentation, finally, will be rhetorically underscored by the work of Dirk Dietrich Hennig (born 1967), who deals with such themes as original, history and forgery. With this presentation from the collection, the Sprengel Museum Hannover is continuing with its endeavours to make the works of the institution more open and transparent – not only the classic aspects of presenting, collecting and preserving but also the disclosure of the museum’s scholarly strategy. The show with be accompanied by a pamphlet (Ger./Eng.) featuring texts by Patricia Hartmann und Carina Plath as well as a programme of lectures and discussions.

Event(s): 20.02.2018 to 25.12.2018
from 10:00 to 20:00 o'clock
21.02.2018 to 30.12.2018
Wednesdays  Thursdays  Fridays  Saturdays  Sundays 
from 10:00 to 18:00 o'clock
from 10:00 to 18:00 o'clock

Sprengel Museum Hannover

  • Kurt-Schwitters-Platz
  • 30169 Hannover
There are no events on: 30/03/2018
Tickets for the Permanent Collection and the Exhibitions 7 Euro
Schoolchildren 13 and over, trainees and students, school - leavers in compulsory military service and social year, unemployed persons and senior citizens 65 and over 4 Euro
Group ticket reductions for 10 persons and over: 5 Euro, reduced 3,50 €
Children (aged 12 and under) free
School groups free

Kuratorin: Dr. Carina Plath
Kuratorische Assistenz: Patricia Hartmann

Weiße Stahlskulptur mit spiralförmigen Elementen vor einem Gebäude. ©