Sandy Nairne talks about the case of the stolen Turners
In 1994 two paintings by JMW Turner, valued at £24 million, were stolen from a public gallery in Frankfurt while on loan from the Tate in London.
Sandy Nairne (now director of the National Portrait Gallery, London) was then the director of programmes at the Tate and became centrally involved in the pursuit of the pictures and in the negotiation for their return.
In Art theft and the case of the stolen Turners – the title of his new book and talk – he relates the complex, cloak-and-dagger story of the theft, the many efforts to regain the artworks and the paintings’ final return in 2002 to public display at the Tate.
His talk will be followed by a book signing in the Gallery Shop.
Image: JMW Turner Light and colour (Goethe’s theory) – the morning after the deluge – Moses writing the Book of Genesis, exhibited 1843, Tate Collection
Saturday 6 October 2012, 2pm
Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre