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Battle Over Kiefer’s Beijing Show Escalates as Curator Rejects Dealers’ Objections

by M&Co. Staff

Montieth & Company’s CEO and Global Managing Partner, Montieth M. Illingworth, featured in The Art Newspaper, discusses the controversial battle between organizers of the Anselm Kiefer exhibition at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (CAFAM) in Beijing and the Western dealers who represent the artist and who opposed the project.

Bell Art and Reifenscheid’s public relations consultant, Montieth Illingworth, says this was “a classic case of how commercial interests in the art world can overreach and of how the profit motive seeks to control and restrain curatorial freedom.” He adds that, despite the Ludwig Museum being named on publicity material, it was in no way involved in the exhibition’s art controversy.