Yayoi Kusama Considering Legal Action after a Number of Fake Exhibitions Appear in China – 在中国出现多个假展览后,考虑采取法律行动

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29 Oct 2018

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Yayoi Kusama Considering Legal Action after a Number of Fake Exhibitions Appear in China

29 Oct 2018

Shows featuring counterfeit work by the Japanese artist Kusama and her compatriot Takashi Murakami, have appeared in at least six Chinese cities

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Yayoi Kusama Considering Legal Action after a Number of Fake Exhibitions Appear in China - 在中国出现多个假展览后,考虑采取法律行动

Yayoi Kusama, Flower Obsession, 2017, exhibition view, NGV Triennial at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2017. Courtesy: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; photograph: Eugene Hyland

Yayoi Kusama, one of the world’s most recognizable artists famous for her polka dot pumpkins and installations, is considering legal action after it was discovered that several exhibitions in China have presented counterfeit works falsely credited to the artist.

Exhibitions showing fake work by the Japanese artist Kusama and her compatriot Takashi Murakami, have reportedly taken place in at least six Chinese cities including Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Neither artist was aware of the exhibitions, nor had any involvement in their staging.

Kusama’s lawyer, Yoshifumi Onodera, has already successfully closed down one show in Shanghai which opened in September, as reported by the Nikkei Asian Review. The exhibition was changing a GBP£7.70 (USD$10) admission fee.

Another show, a Kusama-Murakami double bill in Changsha, Hunan Province, which is still open to the public, has also been charging a GBP£7.70 entrance fee, Japanese media has reported.

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Yayoi Kusama Considering Legal Action after a Number of Fake Exhibitions Appear in China - 在中国出现多个假展览后,考虑采取法律行动

An alleged Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami exhibition in Wuhan, China. Courtesy: CN Hubei News

Images of a white room covered in red polka dots, clearly resembling Kusama’s iconic Obliteration Room (2002–ongoing), have appeared on a Chinese news website. The exhibition reportedly took place in Wuhan.

The Yayoi Kusama Foundation issued a statement saying: ‘such actions are a serious infringement of the artist’s copyright and international fame and brand and harm the interests of the foundation [...] These dishonest acts are a violation of public morals and decency of a notably malicious nature, and are a contemptible transgression of the originality and copyrights of all artists.’

Onodera is attempting to identify the organizers of the fraudulent exhibitions which were allegedly organized by a Chinese company that approached the venues. Kusama’s lawyer is considering both civil and criminal action. Murakami’s lawyer, Hiroshi Kamiyama is also considering taking legal action and has condemned the exhibitions, calling them ‘extremely malicious.’

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新闻/新闻2018年10月29日新闻/草间弥生考虑2018年10月29日在中国出现大量假展览后采取法律行动日本艺术家草间弥生及其同胞村上隆的假冒作品在中国至少6个城市展出。602img Yayoi Kusama,花迷恋,2017年,墨尔本维多利亚国家美术馆NGV三年展展览图。礼仪:墨尔本维多利亚国家美术馆;照片:尤金·卫生·草间弥生,世界上最知名的艺术家之一,以圆点南瓜和装置闻名,在发现中国有几个展览会举办之后,她正在考虑采取法律行动。假冒伪劣作品提交给艺术家。据报道,日本艺术家草间弥生和她的同胞村上隆(Takashi Murakami)的伪作展在中国至少6个城市举行,其中包括上海、深圳和广州。两位艺术家都不知道展览,也没有参与他们的舞台表演。据《日经亚洲评论》报道,草间弥生的律师小野德良(Yoshifumi Onodera)已经成功关闭了9月份在上海开幕的一场演出。这次展览改变了7.70英镑(10美元)的入场费。另据日本媒体报道,湖南省长沙市草间-村上两张仍在向公众开放的钞票,也在收取7.70英镑的门票。武汉:据称是草间弥生和村上隆的展览。礼貌:CN湖北新闻中国新闻网站上出现了一个白色的房间,上面覆盖着红色的圆点,很明显很像草间弥留室(2002年至今)。据报道,展览会在武汉举行。Yayoi-Kuasa基金会发表声明说:“这些行为严重侵犯了艺术家的著作权和国际知名度和品牌,损害了基金会的利益[…]这些不诚实的行为违反了一个显著的恶意NATU的公共道德和礼仪。这是对所有艺术家原创性和版权的可鄙的侵犯。小野德拉正试图查明这些欺诈性展览的组织者,据称这些展览是由一家接近这些场馆的中国公司组织的。Kusama的律师正在考虑民事诉讼和刑事诉讼。村上的律师Hiroshi Kamiyama也在考虑采取法律行动,并谴责这些展览,称其为“极其恶意的”。假冒中国


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