Vietnamese Art Has Never Been More Popular. But the Market Is Full of Fakes.

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Experts in 2016 examining a painting at the Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh City said to be “Banana Garden” by Nguyen Sang. It was among 17 works the museum ultimately declared to be fraudulent.CreditQuinn Ryan Mattingly for The New York Times

nytimes_HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh City was billed as a triumphant homecoming for works by some of Vietnam’s most influential artists.

But Nguyen Thanh Chuong, a prominent artist himself, was stunned by what he saw.

Hanging on the wall was a painting he recognized as his own, a Cubist-inspired portrait he did in the early 1970s.

But instead of his name, the canvas bore the signature of one of Vietnam’s best-known artists, Ta Ty, and the date 1952. “I could not believe my…

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