Wang Zonquan made headlines in July when it turned out that his Hebei museum housed some 40,000 fake artifacts including a “2000-year-old piece of Qin dynasty armor” that was made from plastic. Now Wang is in the headlines again because he has, apparently, died of an “anger-induced heart attack.”
The Telegraph reports the entire weird, quirky, and ultimately quite sad story:
Among the numerous gaffes reportedly committed by curators was including artefacts they claimed were more than 4,000 years old when the pieces in question were inscribed with simplified Chinese characters that only came into widespread use last century.
At the time, Wang Zonquan and his colleagues at the museum launched a somewhat half-hearted defence of their collection.
Wei Yingjun, its chief consultant, told The Telegraph he was “quite positive” that at least 80 of the 40,000 objects on display were genuine.
Mr Wang, who was 68 at the time of his death, attempted to dodge criticism by claiming that “even the gods cannot tell whether the exhibits are fake or not.”
Ultimately, the humiliation appears to have been too much for the elderly museum owner.
On Monday morning, a specialist website called “Chinese Collectors” announced that the “famous collector” and “outstanding entrepreneur” had died of a heart-attack. The website said Mr Wang had left this world “filled with anger and the sense of having been wronged.” […]
Mr Wei, the museum consultant, confirmed that his heart-broken employer had died at 7am on Monday. Three days earlier Mr Wang had applied for permission to reopen the museum, Mr Wei said.
In this author’s humble opinion, Wang should have abandoned the whole ‘museum’ thing ages ago, and turned his gallery into an international counterfeit art expo. No word yet on what’s going to happen to the “artifacts.”