Berlin, October 26. - 28. 2012
in collaboration with
Museum Island, Pergamon Museum
Berlin-Mitte, Am Kupfergraben
Original and/or Fake
Ladies and Gentlemen,
„You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of
people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of
the time“. This quote, attributed to Abraham
serve as the motto for the Volkmann-Treffen 2012:
themselves be deceived all the time, all some time, but all cannot be
deceived all the time.”
“Buyers, collectors, connoisseurs, forgers” is the
a chapter in Kurt Erdmann’s book “Europe and the
Carpet” and he reports about his experiences:
connoisseurs and forgers are engaged in a constant struggle with each
other without meeting each other. The forger deals through
go-betweens and remains in the dark.” It is the aim
year’s Volkmann Treffen to shed a little light on this
The individual speakers will illustrate in their contributions this
theme and answer questions about original work, imitation, replica and
forgery. We will also deal with the revitalization of the art
rug weaving as well as the search for the use of correct base materials.
The application of the most modern scientific methods of investigation
helps to explain puzzling dates and questionable origins.
definitions are as indispensable as radio carbon measurements, when
correct results are expected in individual cases.
Erdmann had probably heard of a “Herr Duduk or Toduk or
Tudok”. Today, nearly fifty years later, we know
Teodor Tuduc worked as a successful entrepreneur who developed a
sophisticated marketing system “based on ingenious
Already as a young man Tuduc learnt the art of fundamental restoration
from the local rug dealers in his Transylvanian homeland.
arose also possibilities to acquire old pieces, damaged or not, to work
them and resell them. We can see parallels to the handling of
carpets in today’s Turkey.
„Half of the fun would go out of carpet collecting if there
no fakes or forgeries or at least no wrongly attributed
writes Erdmann in his report about the “unmasking”
rug. The goal of the Volkmann Treffen 2012 is to support this
thesis of Kurt Erdmann.
I cordially invite you to Berlin for the weekend of October 26 to 28,
With best regards
Christian Erber für Volkmann-Treffen 2012
Please take notice:
The meeting will begin with the evening opening of the Carpet Galleries
of the Museum für Islamische Kunst at 18.30 and the ensuing
presentation at 19 o’clock in the Mshatta Hall of the Museum
about the coat of Roger II and its replica, which are both owned by the
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Weltliche Schatzkammer.
As already on the occasion of the Volkmann-Treffen 2006, the Treffen of
2012 will continue with lectures on Saturday, October 27th and Sunday,
October 28th, 2012 in the
of the Kunstgewerbemuseums, Eingang Gemäldegalerie,
4 - 6, in 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten.
We have planned a dinner for the participants of the Volkmann Treffen
for the evening of Oct. 27, 2012 in the restaurant "Humboldt's 2" of
the Hotel Park Inn, Berlin – Alexanderplatz 7.
All participants have to do their own final accounting for dinner
(Buffet Euro 17 per person) plus drinks.
|Please remember that it is never too late
But, early registrations facilitate the work.
|You can stay at the Hotel Park Inn Berlin -
Alexanderplatz which is in walking distance from the Museum of Islamic
We were able to obtain special rates available under the password
“Volkmanntreffen 2012” at Euro 119 for a double
109 for a single room per night, incl. all taxes. Please keep in mind
that availability of rooms is not limited until the beginning of
October. Thereafter the hotel reserves the right to limit availability
unrestricted until Sept. 25, restricted until Sept. 30. All rooms have
showers or baths and WC and the breakfast buffet is included in
the room price.
Please make your own reservations as soon as possible.
Tel: +49 (0)
30 - 23 89 - 4333
Fax: +49 (0)
30 - 23 89 - 4546
NB: The Volkmann Treffen
2013 will take place in collaboration with the Museum of
Islamic Art in Berlin from October 25 to 27, 2013.