Weeping Women

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On August 4 1986 A painting titled The Weeping Woman by Picasso (worth 1.8 million dollars at the time) was stolen from the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) by a group calling themselves "ACT", the acronym standing for Australian Cultural Terrorists. The group made demands for the safe return of the painting and threatened to destroy the painting if their demands were not met. The demands included increased funding for the arts and the establishment of an annual art prize for artists. "Many artists publicly decried the theft, while a smaller number recognised merit in the ACT's demands for increased arts funding. Chilean painter Juan Davila painted a picture inspired by the crime, Picasso Theft, which he offered as a replacement to the NGV (this artwork was itself stolen from a small gallery in Sydney), while a private gallery in Adelaide curated a show of copies of Weeping Woman, all created by local artists." The painting was returned, unharmed, 10 days later following an anonymous tip off to the newspaper. This exhibition of local adelaide artists of all ages is a celebration of that event and a timely reminder that without proper funding for the arts and artists we are all the poorer. In August 2016 we call for increased funding for the arts and we do so with a celebration of this event 30 years ago to the day.http://marvmelb.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/the-weeping-woman-goes-missing.html
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