Neuchâtel, 10 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
German artist Günther Förg died on 5 December 2013 in Colombier, Switzerland, on the day of his 61st birthday.
Förg studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Munich before becoming a teacher there. His work combines photography – including shots of architecture from the Bauhaus period – and abstract painting, of which grid patterns are a recurring theme.
Förg exhibited at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris in 1991, at the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid in 1999 and at the Fondation Beyeler in 2010. His works feature in the collections of some of the most important museums in the world, including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Museum für Kunst Monderne, Frankfurt, the Musée Ludwig, Cologne, the Tate Modern, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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.