Art & Cinema Series: Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery

Art & Cinema Series: Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery

25 September 2019

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Directed by: Arne Birkenstock
Germany
Not Rated | Documentary, Biography, Crime | German - English subtitles | 93 min

The name of German painter and art historian Wolfgang Beltracchi became at once infamous and sacred in the art world when his forgery scheme, the biggest of the postwar era, came to light. In partnership with Goethe-Institut, Warehouse421 is pleased to show a screening of Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery, a documentary directed by Arne Birkenstock that reenacts how the scandal played out. Without being exposed for nearly four decades, Beltracchi produced and sold hundreds of paintings in the style of at least 50 famous 20th-century artists including Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, and André Derain. The works were so masterful that he managed to deceive art auctioneers and collectors such as Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Hollywood actor Steve Martin. The film, which runs for 90 minutes, is screened in German with English subtitles.

 

About the series:
Filmmakers have always been interested in artists, not only in terms of their works but also their biographies and personalities. Throughout this season, Warehouse421 will showcase a series of films about the lives of artists – from a respected classicist to a forgery expert. The screenings are presented in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, the globally based German cultural association. 

 

Our film screenings are curated for adult viewers. Parental guidance is necessary for those below 15 years of age. Children below the age of 10 are not allowed.