“Russian Avant-Garde: Original or Fake” Symposium at Museum Ludwig, Cologne

This autumn a ground-breaking exhibition “Rus­sian Avant-Garde at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig: Orig­i­nal and Fake, Ques­tions, Re­search, Ex­pla­na­tions” opened in Cologne, Germany. As part of this Museum Ludwig brings together leading experts, art historians, art dealers and art collectors from around the world for an online symposium “Russian Avant-Garde: Original or Fake”. 

James Butterwick will be speaking on Saturday, November 7 at 5pm (CET) in the panel titled after his lecture “The Dark Side of The Boom. The Mass Faking of the Russian Avant Garde”.

Free Registration:


Please see the full programme below:

November 5 7, 2020

Digital Conference on the occasion of the exhibition: Russian Avant-garde at the Museum Ludwig: Original and Fake. Questions, Research, Explanations September 26, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Thursday, November 5, 2020

19.00 Hubertus Butin. Fakes in Museums  – Scandal or Chance? Talk in German presented by Freunde des Wallraf-Richartz-Museum und des Museum Ludwig 

Friday, November 6, 2020

Moderation: Rita Kersting, Museum Ludwig & Konstantin Akinsha, RARP

14.00 -17.00  Russian Avant-garde. Provenance Research and Attribution

  • Welcome: Dr. Yilmaz Dziewior, Director Museum Ludwig
  • Prof. John Bowlt & Prof. Nicoletta Misler, University of Southern California & Università di Napoli
  • Irina Kochergina & Liubov Pchelkina, State Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow
  • Willem Jan Renders, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL
  • Vivian Endicott Barnett, Independent Scholar, New York
  • Prof. Dr. Konstantin Akinsha, Russian Avant-garde Research Project and Visiting Fellow, Max Weber Kolleg, Erfurt

17.00-19.00  Russian Avant-garde: Technological Research

  • Petra Mandt, Conservator Museum Ludwig
  • Dr. Maria Kokkori, The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Dr. Jilleen Nadolny, ArtDiscovery (formerly Art Analysis & Research), London
  • Dr. Svetlana Pisareva & Irina Kadikova, Laboratory of Physical and Chemical Research, The State Research Institute for Restoration (GOSNIIR), Moscow

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Moderation: Rita Kersting, Museum Ludwig & Konstantin Akinsha, RARP

15.00-17.00Russian Avant-garde and Museum

How museums handle Russian Avant-garde works

  • Marta Ruiz del Árbol, Curator Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
  • René Zechlin, Director Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen
  • Dr. Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator MoMA, New York
  • Prof. Dr. Hubertus Gaßner, former Director Kunsthalle Hamburg
  • Dr. Wolfgang Schöddert, Provenance Researcher Berlinische Galerie, Berlin

17.00-19.00 Avant-garde, Art Market and Crime

The Dark Side of the Boom. The mass faking of the Russian Avant garde

  • James Butterwick, art dealer and collector London
  • Alex Lachmann, art dealer and collector, Cologne/London
  • Dr. Friederike von Brühl, K&I Gates, Berlin
  • René Allonge, Federal Bureau of Investigations / Landeskriminalamt, Berlin