Volkmann-Treffen 2012

Berlin, October 26. - 28. 2012
in collaboration with 
Museum of Islamic Art
Museum Island, Pergamon Museum
Berlin-Mitte, Am Kupfergraben

Original and/or Fake

Ladies and Gentlemen,
dear Friends,

„You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time“.  This quote, attributed to Abraham Lincoln, could serve as the motto for the Volkmann-Treffen 2012:  “Some let themselves be deceived all the time, all some time, but all cannot be deceived all the time.”

“Buyers, collectors, connoisseurs, forgers” is the title of a chapter in Kurt Erdmann’s book “Europe and the Oriental Carpet” and he reports about his experiences: “Generally 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 of this year’s Volkmann Treffen to shed a little light on this darkness.

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 of 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.  Color 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 that Teodor Tuduc worked as a successful entrepreneur who developed a sophisticated marketing system “based on ingenious methods.”

Already as a young man Tuduc learnt the art of fundamental restoration from the local rug dealers in his Transylvanian homeland.  Thus 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 were no fakes or forgeries or at least no wrongly attributed pieces,“ writes Erdmann in his report about the “unmasking” of a 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, 2012.

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

Lecture Hall of the Kunstgewerbemuseums, Eingang Gemäldegalerie,
Matthäikirchplatz 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 for registration!
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 Art.
We were able to obtain special rates available under the password “Volkmanntreffen 2012” at Euro 119 for a double room, Euro 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.
  Hotel Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz
Am Alexanderplatz
10178 Berlin
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.

Copyright © Christian Erber 2012