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Art Theft

What is lower than a bent cockney?

Answer:

Russian criminals.

In a move sure to shake the shady soul of James Stunt, the Collectors Who Lent Two Dozen Allegedly Fake Artworks to a Major Belgian Museum Have Been Arrested.

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The fallout from an exhibition of Russian avant-garde art that was overshadowed by allegations that it included numerous fakes continues, following the arrest of the two collectors at the center of the scandal.

Igor and Olga Toporovsky, who lent works to the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent for a 2017 exhibition titled “Russian Modernism, 1910–30,” were taken into custody late last month by Belgian police. The husband-and-wife duo, who gave artworks supposedly by Kandinsky, Malevich, and Goncharova, face allegations of fraud, money laundering, and forgery, although no official charges have been made.

To read more on Artnet:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/russian-fakes-ghent-1745190

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