This mini-symposium is the third in a series addressing timely topics of particular significance to textiles and the arts of Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas. In 2010 the syposium explored the ways in which scientific testing is being used to evaluate works of art. In 2011 the focus of the lectures regarded the complexities surrounding the concepts of ownership, cultural property, and provenance. This year, fakes and forgeries in the museum context and the quest for authenticity are in the focus.
Six experts will address specific museum case-studies that reveal the complexity and intrigue surrounding this compelling issue for curators, collectors, and dealers.
A Romanian native, Stefano Ionescu lives in Rome, Italy. As an independent scholar in the field of Oriental rugs, he has been studying Anatolian carpets in Transylvania for more than 10 years. As a result of his extensive research he has published a comprehensive study, Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania, which documents the entire collection of the Black Church, the largest depository of Ottoman rugs in Transylvania, and other churches and museums in Romania and abroad. The book was awarded the Romanian Academy Prise in the History of Art, a rare honour in rug literature. Stefano is an enthusiastic propagandist of the Ottoman rugs from Transylvania; he has published numerous articles and curated and organized exhibitions on this subject in Italy, Germany and Turkey.