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Fake for Real

A History of Forgery and Falsification

Discover fakes and falsifications throughout history, from the time of antiquity, through medieval and modern history until the present era. Fakes have a long tradition in history, but each era has seen particular types of fakes flourish. Significantly, the human tendency to believe in certain fakes appears to be universal.

Starting with the ancient practice of removing people from official accounts ("Damnatio memoriae"), to forging science, history and art, reaching fake brands and fake news of the contemporary period, a rich selection of objects from prominent museums across 20 European countries awaits you.

Join a nuanced discussion on the understanding of truths and fakes and sharpen your awareness about the need for critical thinking. Uncover the historical circumstances that explain the appearance of fakes, the motives behind them, their impact and ultimate exposure.