The Dulwich Art Gallery in London decided to exhibit Chinese forgeries of world famous painting masterpieces, along with originals by Rembrandt, Rubens, Tiepolo, Murillo and Poussin. Visitors will be offered as an experiment to try to distinguish real canvases from reproductions. The Made in China project starts on February 10 and will last for three months.
According to British media, copies of paintings for the gallery were specially ordered from Chinese studios that specialize in creating masterpieces of art.
Artist Doug Fishbone, one of the authors of the project, said that this initiative is not a game, but a very serious undertaking. The exhibition raises serious questions about the value of various works of art. Fishbone asks a question that sounds rhetorical for now: "If you hang these copies of a slightly different origin in the Dulwich Gallery, I wonder if the meaning of the original canvases will change?"
The Guardian notes that strictly speaking, the works of masters from China cannot be called fakes, since the artist deliberately changes the size of the painting so that it differs from the real one. As a rule, students of specialized educational institutions work in companies that create reproductions of masterpieces. They are similarly practiced in mastering the techniques of famous painters.
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