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December 2011

True scale of alleged Beltracchi forgeries revealed

Major auction houses and galleries have been caught up in the fake art scam

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Forgeries

Four to go on trial in German “Werner Jäger” forgery case

Wolfgang Beltracchi, his wife Helene, her sister Jeanette, and Otto Schulte-Kellinghaus stand accused of selling high quality forgeries

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Ludwig Museum

Donating to Museum Ludwig's foundation is more profitable than giving to the museum directly

Foundation lures collectors

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

What's on in Germany: Basquiat and Warhol get personal in Cologne

Jablonka is running concurrent shows on two giants of the 20th century

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Cologne

A subdued journey down the Rhine for these Cologne art fairs

Trade was slow at these three very diverse events

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Germany

The Rhineland is still the hub for German contemporary art collectors

This is the richest area of Germany, and it has a buoyant cultural life; but the expense of it is beginning to drive the artists out

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Ludwig Museum

All eyes on the collectors as Cologne's Ludwig Museum opens after renovation

The refurbished and extended Ludwig Museum has opened, with hundreds of Picassos on display and a colour-coded system for requesting sponsorship

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Interviews

Interview with museum director and curator Udo Kittelman: “The curator should never be more important than the artist”

The new director of Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art is self taught (he trained as an optician), curator of the German pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, and passionately involved in contemporary art

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Art dealers

Collectors keep flocking to Cologne: Interview with gallery director Christian Nagel

Cologne's title as contemporary art capital is yet to be challenged with Berlin still in the fragmentary stages

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Joseph Beuys

Beuys breathes life into Cologne’s museum relics and inspires an exhibition in Vienna

Crucifixes and razorblades show the breadth of Beuys' production