Attention, fake art on the internet! This is the title of Hubertus Butin’s FAZ article of 5 April 2014, which warns against frivolous art purchases on the internet. There are well over 2 million offers on Ebay alone under the heading “Antiques & Art\”, so it’s no wonder, says the author, that many offers “hardly go beyond flea market level\” and “have no chance\ in the serious art trade”.
And what does this have to do with Keil? Well – a large number of paintings and other objects by Peter Robert Keil, whom we hold in high esteem, can also be found on the internet. And the inclined collector has been asking himself for a long time: Can Peter Robert Keil have created all this himself? How can the overly clear differences in quality be explained? What about the credibility of supposed provenance documents? A little research quickly shows that the utmost caution is also called for with regard to Peter Robert Keil. Many of the works seem to be of dubious provenance. What does the stamp of a “Keil Museum\” in Florida prove if this museum does not exist? What does a blank certificate say if it does not refer to a specific painting? And how serious is a certificate on the stationery of a well-known hotel in Dubai?
And if the documents are already so dubious, what about the works that are supposed to be legitimised by them? It is hardly to be assumed that a genuine Peter Robert Keil has to be documented with a fictitious museum stamp, and doesn’t a confirmation on hotel stationery immediately nourish doubts about the authenticity of the “certified\” work on it? work?
In order to finally shed light on this, the Keil Collection Heidelberg, together with Peter Robert Keil and the art historian Dr Kristina Hoge, launched a certification process in 2013. In the meantime, more than 50 Keil collectors have had their paintings certified. In this way, the basis for the catalogue raisonné was created over the course of the past years.
The Keil Collection would like to thank all the many contributors who have actively supported the certification process over the past four years, thus making the catalogue raisonné possible. Special thanks go, of course, to the artist Peter Robert Keil himself, who pooled all his disciplinary energy to be able to start the certification process reasonably punctually. Or was it not ultimately his wife Bo who provided the necessary rigour? Many thanks to her, too, for her patience, perseverance and cautious strictness!
Wilhelm Kampik Stephan Teuber
Keil Collection Heidelberg, September 2017