Unauthenticated Art of the Russian Avant-Garde on View at MCA in Denver

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DENVER, CO.- The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver presents Orphan Paintings: Unauthenticated Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, a large-scale exhibition. Orphan Paintings is an exhibition that explores fundamental assumptions about art by presenting a collection of over 150 paintings of unknown origins. The works in the collection are in the style of Russian avant-garde masters of the early twentieth century, including Kasimir Malevich, Liubov Popova, and Alexander Rodchenko. These paintings came to the United States beginning in 2004 when Denver architectural photographer Ron Pollard began purchasing them from a mid-level insurance administrator in Aachen, Germany, who told him the works were discovered in an unclaimed shipping container in German customs. Pollard partnered with his brother and a friend to purchase the works and began a