Picture from the state Museum of Uzbekistan found in the auction house catalog
ARTinvestment.RU   04 марта 2020

It turned out that in the Fergana regional Museum for several years hangs a copy of this painting. And it's not the only such case

In mid-February 2020 a number of art critics from Uzbekistan appealed to the new Minister of culture of the country. Experts were concerned about the issue of their appearance in the catalogs of auction houses in the U.S. and Europe items formally belonging to the museums of the country. The reason for the treatment was put on the auction house MacDougall's painting "Corn roars" (1932) painter of Russian origin Alexander Volkov. Experts say that this painting was stolen from the Fergana regional Museum of local lore, and in its place now hangs a fake.

As it turned out, law enforcement agencies were aware of this situation. According to the materials of the case, the original painting "Corn noise" in 2009, was given to the eldest daughter of the former President of Uzbekistan Gulnara Karimova, the then Director of the Fergana refinery Euratom by Melikulov. Then, from the hands of Karimova, the work in the form of a gift came to the new owner and spent some time in Moscow where, apparently, came to London for auction. According to the representative of the Ministry of culture of Uzbekistan, "currently, the new Minister Ozodbek Nazarbekov personally involved in the resolution of the issue of return of stolen paintings in Uzbekistan."

However, this event is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Not so long ago there appeared information that in the course of inventory conducted in the Department of fine graphics of the State Museum of arts of Uzbekistan, it was revealed that the six paintings of Victor Ufimtseva are fakes. Maybe the original artwork could be in the mansion of Gulnara Karimova in Geneva, where in 2013 discovered several dozen paintings, which were kept in his time at the State Museum of arts of Uzbekistan, — believes the publication of "Ozodlik".

to Put the point in all these questions can only be a consequence. At the moment the Uzbek specialists engaged in the registration of the facts of appearance of Museum items at auction and in galleries worldwide.

Source: rus.ozodlik.org

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