A Russian oligarch lent his “collection of unknown works of Russian avant-garde art” to the Fine Arts Museum in Ghent, Belgium. Formerly unknown works of Malevich, Kandinsky, Popova, Rodchenko, and many others! It sounded too good to be true. And, of course, it was. When the exhibition opened, it turned out that all of the paintings were completely fake.
In the 1990s, unemployed artists created hundreds of these fakes on the orders of the nouveau riche. What’s sad is that an important European museum should be so trusting in its dealings with clearly dishonest and shady characters.