Switzerland, 2 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA)
The Museum of Archaeology in Neuchâtel, in Switzerland, the Laténium, is investigating the concept of forgery in archaeology. “The age of forgery” is a true retrospective of forgery that has existed for thousands of years.
The aim of the exhibition is to show that humans have always been counterfeiting works and making imitations.
Marc-Antoine Kaeser, museum director, affirms the first imitation dates from 12,000 BC: “the hunters did not manage to find the seashells they needed for their sets of jewels. Thus, they made imitations.” Many items collected for the occasion come from the greatest museum collections in the world. For instance, the most famous counterfeit works from the Louvre and Quai Branly are exhibited.
Some forgeries are made with the intention to deceive. The exhibition traces the major histories of counterfeiters who make reproductions specifically commissioned by clients. The museum director talks about this concept, citing the example of the gold coins: “real Celtic coins, but fake Greek coins. Imitation, copy and falsification date back to the origins of humanity.”
This forger’s exhibition is running until 8 January 2012.