The Art of Forgery
Analysed and Uncovered

07.12.2007 to 12.05.2008

Museum für Asiatische Kunst

The forged sculpture of a Shuo Chang Yong, a Chinese jester figure from the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AC), is the starting point and focus of the exhibition 'The Art of Forgery' at the Museum of Asian Art. The aim of the exhibition is to uncover, prove, and convey to visitors how forgeries are made, which methods are applied by forgers and how one can recognise a forged work of art. Beside the main figure, analysed thoroughly, the presentation includes a number of other objects, from the museum's own collection as well as from private lenders. They document the diversity of forging methods within a given historic context.