Mexico City, 10 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Experts have discovered approximately 1,200 forged Frida Kalho items in Mexico City. All of the pieces belonged to art dealer Carlos Noyala and have been exhibited at Mexican gallery San Miguel Allende. Letters, sketches and various works and documents were seized.
The art dealer and his wife declared they bought the pieces in 2005. Charges will not be pressed against the couple, as the possession of forgeries is not punished in Mexico. Producing counterfeit works, however, is an offence.
According to Agence France Presse, art experts and Hilda Trujilo, director of the museum dedicated to the Frida Kalho, agree that the works are not authentic. Several reasons are mentioned by the experts. All the signatures are identical and none of the paintings are registered, which is uncommon for a collection of 1,200 pieces.