PETALING JAYA: The Nationwide Artwork Gallery (NAG) has denied promoting any artworks from its Nationwide Assortment, in a response to stories of considered one of its work allegedly being bought abroad.
In a media assertion on Thursday (Nov 22), NAG referred to a portray titled ‘Octopi II’, which appeared in an e-catalogue issued by auctioneers Bonhams Hong Kong. The portray was being bought as Lot No 15 in a Trendy and Modern artwork public sale scheduled for Nov 25 this yr.
NAG mentioned it been notified by collectors and artwork lovers that this portray’s catalogue entry claimed it had come from its assortment. It had additionally been accompanied with a doc claiming to be the art work’s Certificates of Authenticity.
Nonetheless, the portray was not from them, and a few misunderstanding had in all probability occurred concerning its origins, the gallery mentioned.
“The Nationwide Artwork Gallery of Malaysia hereby declares that this art work was by no means in its assortment. For clarification functions, the Nationwide Artwork Gallery owns Octopi I, 1960 by Ibrahim Hussein, an oil portray measuring 117.5cm x 51 cm, ” it mentioned.
The late Ibrahim Hussein (1936-2009) was a Malaysian artist finest identified for combining printmaking and collage in his vibrant and layered work.
NAG added it didn’t recognise any signed paperwork purportedly issued below its identify, except it was signed by the authorised signatory, on this case the Director Common of the Nationwide Artwork Gallery.
Moreover, NAG mentioned it could neither confirm, verify, declare or authenticate the work, Octopi II, as being an authentic art work by Ibrahim Hussein. It harassed that the Nationwide Assortment isn’t on the market.
Bonhams’ web site now lists the portray’s provenance (place of birth) as ‘Non-public Assortment, Malaysia’ and ‘JT Framing and Artwork, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’.
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