Keywords: Art Market; Fakes and Forgeries; Criminal Law; Artists' Archives.
Counterfeiting is a major problem in the art market, and its
harmful impact will likely grow as contemporary art (currently, the
affected) is increasingly becoming an object of financial speculation. The
Italian criminal law has, however, not followed
the tumultuous evolution that
the very concept of 'art' has known since the aftermath of World War II. In
market a role of increasing importance is played by artists'
archives. Born with the main purpose of protecting and preserving
memory and moral legacy, archives are now faced with growing involvement - both
as active helpers and as passive
subjects of scrutiny - in criminal
investigations on fakes and forgeries.