Aug 31, 2016

To catch a thief: who stole Picasso’s Weeping Woman?

For the police who investigated the crime, the theft of Picasso’s Weeping Woman from the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) remains one of their most mysterious and baffling unsolved cases. Freelance journalist Angus Smith enters the refined world of high art to try to solve the crime.

In one of the most daring art heists in Australian history, a thief or thieves took a world-famous Picasso from the walls of the NGV. The case has never been cracked. Can we get to the bottom of one of Australia’s greatest mysteries?

The heist

Picasso’s Weeping Woman was mounted on the wall of the National Gallery of Victoria when its doors closed at 5pm on Saturday, August 2, 1986. When the doors opened again the next morning, it was gone.

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7 thoughts on “To catch a thief: who stole Picasso’s Weeping Woman?

  1. Shane Maloney

    Is this going anywhere or is it just another nostalgic walk around the block?

    1. Jack Robertson

      Oh Shane, don’t be such a stodgy old Boomer killjoy. I’m presuming you of all of us here understand the importance of narrative build, clues, red herrings, pacing…

      Am loving it, Angus. Ignore the critics and write on…!

  2. loz

    I was sitting in the State Library one day in the midst of this saga. Suddenly in marched
    Patrick McCaughey with his trade mark bow tie and looking completely dishevelled.
    I was radical, a roadie and going out with connected Melbourne Uni Arts student. I felt paranoid when he looked at me. I was merely reading, I think, Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
    This story brings back vivid and beautiful memories.

  3. Steven McKiernan

    The Australian Cultural Terrorists letter was featured on the sleeve for the 7 inch & 12 inch single releases of Painters and Dockers “Die Yuppie Die”. Which is nice.

  4. Luke Taper

    My sister tells the story of the conversation she heard behind two ladies on the bus at the tim:

    “Did you see that Picasso that got stolen?”
    “what do you think of it?”
    “Not very much”
    “You know, I don’t think the people who do CopperArt get the recognition they deserve.”

  5. zut alors

    Looking forward to part 2.

  6. Kevin_T

    Quote: “…. there are still criminal proceedings out.”

    So, Australia doesn’t have a statute of limitations for this kind of thing?

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