F.B.I. Raids Orlando Museum and Removes Basquiat Work
The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the Orlando Museum of Artwork on Friday, taking all 25 works that had been a part of an exhibition on the life and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the museum stated.
The New York Instances had beforehand reported that the F.B.I.’s Artwork Crime Crew had been investigating the authenticity of work that the museum had stated have been created by Basquiat and have been on exhibit there for months.
A spokeswoman for the museum stated Friday that it had complied with a request from the F.B.I. for entry to its “Heroes and Monsters” exhibit, and that the exhibit was now within the F.B.I.’s possession.
“It is very important word that we nonetheless haven’t been led to consider the museum has been or is the topic of any investigation,” the spokeswoman, Emilia Bourmas-Fry, stated in an emailed assertion. “We proceed to see our involvement purely as a truth witness.”
The Basquiat exhibit had been set to shut on June 30, and the works have been scheduled to be proven subsequent in Italy. Museum officers stated they’d proceed to cooperate with the authorities.
A spokeswoman for the F.B.I. didn’t instantly reply to request for remark.
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