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					                       Symposium on Counterfeit Sculpture
            Organised by the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation, Paris

                                    Musée Rodin’s auditorium
                                     October 27th - 28th 2010

In 2007, the Mannheim Kunsthalle celebrated its 100th anniversary with an exhibition in which
all 6 works by Giacometti on view were in fact crude imitations. In August 2009, more than a
thousand counterfeit sculptures signed Alberto Giacometti were seized in Mainz by the unit of
the German police of the Bade-Wurttemberg region specializing in art crimes. In February 2010,
another seizure of almost 150 other fake Giacomettis in this area made clear that the situation
was indeed very serious. Should the sequestered bronzes and plasters have been authentic,
their total market worth would have been in excess of a billion euros. In February 2010, a real
« Walking Man » was sold for more than 74 millions euros, becoming the most expensive
sculpture sold at auction ever.

Counterfeiting art is today the most lucrative of all counterfeiting activities. Boosted by the
globalization of the markets and internet, its constant increase mirrors the rise of the sale prices
of authentic art. Counterfeiting thrives on the discretion favored by art circles and on the
ignorance of the authorities due to the lack of statistics. Far from the small swindles of yore, it is
now operating on a large scale and financing organized crime and terrorism. Counterfeiting in
art concerns especially works in limited edition such as furniture, decorative arts, prints and
sculpture. Indeed, counterfeit sculptures have the highest return.

Counterfeit art is a problem in all the European Union. However it seems that Germany has
become a favorite entrance point and center for the distribution of counterfeit sculpture, even
though this country has set up three regional units against counterfeit art (Stuttgart, Hamburg,
Munich), making it a leader in this field.

It is to address this situation and to better understand the issues involved that the Alberto and
Annette Giacometti Foundation has decided to organize a German-French symposium on
counterfeit sculptures in order to assess the means to fight counterfeit in Germany and France
and to compare this situation with other European Countries.

The symposium will be held in French, German and English. A translation will be assured.

Inscriptions in advance are mandatory (no fee):

Practical information:

Musée Rodin:
Auditorium entrance: 21, Boulevard des Invalides, 75007 Paris
T. + 33 (0) 1 44 18 61 10
Fax. 00 33 (0) 1 44 18 61 30
Underground (13 line): Varenne or Invalides
R.E.R (C line): Invalides
Bus: 69, 82, 87, 92
Parking: Bd des Invalides

T. +33 1 44 54 52 44

October 27th:

       morning (10 am -1 pm)
       Means of fighting counterfeit sculpture in France and Germany: law and police

       - Sylvie Nérisson, legal expert, Max-Planck-Institut für Geistiges Eigentum,
       Wettbewerbs-und Steuerrecht, Munich
       - Agnès Lucas-Schloetter, legal expert, Ludwig- Maximilian University, Munich

       afternoon (2 pm – 6 pm)
       Panel discussion: The art market in France and in Germany in front of counterfeits

       - Anne Lahumière, representative of Comité professionnel des galeries d’art, France
       - Serge Lederman, Lawyer, from Nataf-Fajgenbaum law firm, Paris
       - Lise Funck-Brentano, Lawyer, Paris

moderator: Vincent Noce, journalist, Libération

October 28th:

       morning (10 am -1 pm)
       The holders of the rights of sculptors in front of counterfeits, case studies

       - Olivier Lorquin, Director, Musée Maillol
       - Véronique Wiesinger, Director, Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris
       - Ralf Jentsch, George Grosz Archive Stiftung, Berlin
       - Claudia Andrieu, in charge of legal affairs, Picasso Administration, Paris

       afternoon (2 pm – 6 pm)
       Panel discussion: Museums and editions: Means of preventing exposition and
       publication of counterfeits

       - Moritz Woelk, Chief Curator, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden (to be
       - Aline Magnien, Chief Curator, Musée Rodin, Paris
       - Thomas Zuhr, Director, Hirmer Verlag, Munich
       - Jean-Christophe Claude, Deputed Director, Editions du Centre Pompidou, Paris (to be
       - Claudia Andrieu, in charge of legal affairs, Picasso administration, Paris

moderator: Olga Grimm-Weissert, correspondent in Paris, Handelsblatt