The lawyer of artist Danh Vo, Gert-Jan van den Bergh, has withdrawn his representation from the trial against Dutch collector Bert Kreuk, after the latter accused him of witness intimidation.
At the start of this case, Bert Kreuk filed a complaint against Danh Vo who had sent him an already existing piece for the exhibition of his collection, “Transforming the Known”, at the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague — instead of creating a new one for the occasion, as he had agreed upon with the collector. In June 2015, the artist was sentenced to creating a new work for June 2016, for a price of up to $350,000, paid by Bert Kreuk. In the beginning of August, the former accused the lawyer of the artist of having tried twice to intimidate witnesses in allowing confidential emails to fall into the hands of journalists. On 4 August, Gert-Jan van den Bergh left the case, which appears to confirm the accusations of Bert Kreuk.
Born in 1975, Danh Vo is a Danish-Vietnamese artist. Winner of the Hugo Boss Prize in 2012, he saw his work exhibited in institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Modern Art Museum of Paris and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, among others. Bert Kreuk has been seeking justice in court since September 2014.