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Museum of Art Fakes

There is an unusual art museum in Vienna. It’s the only museum of fake works in Europe! Artworks of universal renowned artists such as Klimt, Van Gogh, Rembrandt or Monet are hanging from the walls, with the “little peculiarity” that they are in principle no value. It is all about imitations.

It’s estimated that between 10 and 15 percent of the work we see in museums can be fakes, some of which have taken decades to discover. Therefore, contemplating fakes is not an strange fact. We just simply don’t know it.

In the Museum of Art Fakes will not give us for a ride. Its works are specifically false, but, even though, its development has not been less thorough. Painting techniques have varied throughout history and many of the original materials are very difficult to find nowadays. In addition, some counterfeiters have also gone down in history for its unique methods and the Viennese museum illustrates their methods. One of the most significant cases is the Dutch Han van Meegeren, whose works reach thousands of pounds in the prestigious London auction.

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