The Chief Minister is trumpetting his temporary theft of the Sydney Nolan masterworks left to the Lanyon Homestead and not to him.
His rinky little Canberra Museum and Gallery (which never seems to lack so much for visitors as funds despite cuts to everything else the people of this town hold dear) has tired of exhibiting the shoes of the Chief Ministers favourite personal staff and has realised it’s long held ambition to get the Nolans where they can justify their own little hobby horse:
“Recent high humidity levels at the gallery have led to the temporary closure of the gallery for monitoring and Mr Stanhope said the Government had decided to turn the incident to best advantage and take the opportunity to display the iconic Nolan works in a more central location, where they could be more easily enjoyed by Canberrans. In the meantime, a specialist conservator has been commissioned to investigate climate control at the Nolan Gallery.”
Letting CMAG run the Nolan museum at Lanyon was always going to lead to this. Climate control down eh? Can’t be arsed fixing it eh? Oh well, may as well take what they want and bung it on display in the permanent collection with a fig leaf muttering about the “temporary” nature of the move.