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Tagsmart's Non-Executive Director Robert Suss #3 on Christie’s 'Top 100 art collectors Instagram accounts' list

Robert Suss is also a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts and Co-Founder of the Frank-Suss Collection, which contains more than 1,000 works by emerging and mid-career artists from ‘countries undergoing significant social, economic, or political change’. 

His account is a mixture of socialising, additions to his collection, and holiday shots.

Follow him! https://www.instagram.com/robertsuss/

Museum admits all paintings in high-profile exhibition are fake

The Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts publicly apologised for failing to verify the authenticity of 17 paintings on display at an exhibition that have been confirmed as fake.

A panel of famous artists and experts and officials found 15 of the paintings, supposedly the works of legendary artists such as Nguyen Tu Nghiem and Bui Xuan Phai, were copies.

Two others were found to be works of other artists. At least one living artist, Thanh Chuong, has claimed one of the two paintings as his.

All the paintings at the show are owned by Vu Xuan Chung, who claimed to have acquired them from Jean-Francois Hubert, a known expert on Vietnamese art and a former senior consultant for giant auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

Giacometti art trove at centre of Franco-Swiss legal tussle

A rich trove of drawings by Alberto Giacometti and photographs of the renowned sculptor and artist has been lying in sealed storage cartons in a Swiss museum for more than two years due to a legal dispute over their rightful ownership.

Swiss prosecutors said they had ordered the seizure of the collection pending a decision by a French court after the Paris-based Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation alleged that the works had been stolen decades ago.

The Swiss-born Giacometti, who died in 1966, is one of the best-known sculptors of the 20th century. His “Pointing Man” sold last year at Christie’s for $141 million, the largest sum ever for a sculpture.

Another object from Asia Week sales seized by federal agents

On Tuesday, 15 March, agents from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations and officers from Customs and Border Protection seized a second-century Gandharan Bodhisattva schist head en route to an unidentified “East Coast auction house” that was due to sell the artefact in New York.

According to a statement released by investigators: “With Asia Week in New York beginning Tuesday, [customs officials] have been on the lookout for shipments coming in from shippers and sources that might be trying to exploit our border controls. This shipment contained some of the red flags authorities look for. It had multiple false statements and it is anticipated that the parties involved will be further investigated.”