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Jakarta Post

Debates loom over maestros

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 30 2012   /  07:12 am

 JP/Slamet Susanto: Opening: Visitors at the Oei Hong Djien (OHD) Museum during the opening of its third wing in Magelang, Central Java, in April.  The museum houses several thousand fine-art pieces, spanning a century of works from Indonesia’s emerging artists to established masters.  JP/Slamet Susanto To display the work of a great master in one’s living room is the ultimate sign of prestige after the long, hard climb up the social ladder — quite apart of course from a genuine love for art.

But how to know if the piece is genuine?

Unless you are deliberately opting for a lower cost copy, this is the age-old conundrum before spending a fortune on a painting — whether a Picasso, a Chinese watercolor, or even an Indonesian master.

The question came under the spotlight again with recent allegations of forgery regarding many works of the late ...