Art Attack

12May19

There’s been a major art theft from London’s Tate Modern and it’s all my fault.

The Tate Modern is just a short walk from where I work at Fix Radio in Southwark. Often at lunchtime I stroll around and look at the art.

One of my favourite pieces is on level 2. It’s an oil on canvas painted by Pablo Picasso in 1937 called The Weeping Woman. 

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I went over there on Thursday and was disappointed when I noticed The Weeping Woman had been replaced by something that looks more like a 6th form art project than the work of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

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I went down to the information desk on the ground floor and reported the Weeping Woman missing. The lady there explained that it might have been loaned out to another gallery. She tapped on the computer keyboard, squinted and told me that ‘The Sick Child’ by Edvard Munch had been loaned out to The British Museum, bit her tongue, scanned the screen but couldn’t find any information about the whereabouts of The Weeping Woman.

I thought, well that’s odd! So this morning I checked the Tate Modern website and found that it just lists the painting as “Not on display”.

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/picasso-weeping-woman-t05010

Not on display? Why would that be? It’s not like they’re short of space. There are plenty of blank walls in the 3,300 square metres available to hang art in the former Bankside Power Station and to be honest, a lot of what’s on the walls is rubbish, so why is one of Picasso’s most famous works “not on display”?

Clearly, what’s happened here is, the painting has been stolen and whoever is in charge at the Tate Modern is hoping it’s recovered before anyone notices.

Here’s where I come in. In November last year, I wrote a blog about how easy it would be to steal The Weeping Woman and detailed exactly what you’d have to do.

https://grahammack.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/art-for-art-sake/

Now someone has actually gone and done it. Does that make me an accessory to the crime?

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