“Anyone involved in the world of painting, whether amateur or professional,
is faced with the problem of authenticity” (1985)
Simon Levie – former Director Rijks Museum Amsterdam.
Call for Posters - deadline December 31st
International Congress on the Authenticity of Paintings
For a long time there has been a need within the international art community for a forum in which participants from different countries and from various professional backgrounds can meet one another to debate contemporary questions of authenticity and exchange information about recent developments in the field.
The very first symposium on authentication issues ‘Authentication in the Visual Arts’ was held in Amsterdam on the 12th of March, 1977. Thirty-five years later the need for a new conference has become more critical than ever before. It all seems to come together now: major changes forced by a new generation of thoroughly trained scholars, a whole sale interrogation of traditional connoisseurship, the economic boom on the value of paintings, collectors with a strong interest in asset value, improved techniques for research and objective scientific examination and, not least of all, the social and financial pressures originating from the field of law as well as from the public.
Responding to the shared concerns within the art world, AiA was formed to organise an international conference on 7-9 May, 2014, entirely dedicated to the subject of authenticity in paintings. The conference, “Authentication in Art”, is to be held in The Hague – International City of Peace and Justice – and will provide the means for international participants, active in various fields, to meet. The congress will encourage an evaluation of authentication research, and a free exchange of experiences and ideas about the latest developments in the fields as well as the best way forward.
Authentication in Art (AiA) is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the organisation of the congress and aims to gather and disseminate information on authentication questions and topics.
For the latest information go to the AiA Library
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