The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the Orlando Museum of Art on Friday, taking all 25 works that were part of an exhibit on the life and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the museum said.
DailyExpertNews had previously reported that the FBI’s Art Crime Team had investigated the authenticity of paintings the museum said were made by Basquiat and had been on display for months.
A spokeswoman for the museum said Friday that it had complied with an FBI request for access to the “Heroes and Monsters” exhibit and that the exhibit was now in the possession of the FBI.
“It is important to note that we still have not been led to believe that the museum is or is the subject of any investigation,” spokeswoman Emilia Bourmas-Fry said in an emailed statement. “We continue to see our involvement purely as a fact witness.”
The Basquiat exhibition was due to close on June 30 and the works would be shown next in Italy. Museum officials said they would continue to work with authorities.
An FBI spokeswoman did not immediately respond to the request for comment.