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The greatest art heist in history set to backfire?

By johnboy - 15 January 2009 25

[First filed: January 13, 2009 @ 11:45]

The Canberra Museum and Gallery’s long been known to covet the Nolan collection from Lanyon.

The fine political arts of neglect and concocted emergency have in recent years allowed them to conduct possibly the biggest art theft in history, ever, anywhere in the world.

Bear in mind that when Sir Sidney Nolan gave the foundation collection to the Lanyon Homestead there was no ACT Government and no CMAG. The gift was not to them. They were given the responsiblity of looking after Lanyon and its collection as part of the haphazard process of self Government.

The Southside Chronicle is now reporting that Sir Sidney’s widow, Lady Nolan, has tired of the games. 220 of the works CMAG has scarpered with are on loan from her and she wants them back if they’re not returned to their intended location at Lanyon.

With the Chronicle sadly not online here’s a scan of the story for the Northside readers, click on the image for a larger version.

UPDATED: Days late the Liberals’ Vicki Dunne is getting in the game:

    “I can’t help thinking there is a hidden agenda here, with both governments trying to find reasons to shut the Nolan Gallery and obliterate all memory of it, instead of making it the success it deserves to be.

    “We simply cannot let that happened [sic],” concluded Mrs Dunne.

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GardeningGirl 6:19 pm 15 Jan 09

Yes Welkin31, the Nolan’s used to be in the homestead itself.

p1 9:48 am 14 Jan 09

I image that business suffered quite a bit when the Tharwa Bridge was out for an extended period of time. While the road wasn’t closed until just after the Lanyon Homestead entrance, the reduction in passing trade (aided by the many road closed and detour signs before getting any where near it) would have made it a very quiet place to visit.

welkin31 9:41 am 14 Jan 09

I recall yonks ago that I saw the Nolan’s actually in Lanyon Homestead.
Is that right or is my decrepit memory playing tricks ?
I am asking the Chronicle to see if the article can be printed in the Northside edition too.

I-filed 9:39 pm 13 Jan 09

Like many Canberrans, I used to head to the gallery on any visit to Lanyon – but it was inevitably closed, regardless of what was on the notice outside. In 10 years I got to view the collection ONCE.

Granny 7:52 pm 13 Jan 09

Good grief! What now?!

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