A Theft, A Cocktail, A Hundred Faces

This week's On the Nose, In the Know & Other News examines how an art heist is pulled and which Picasso was stolen from where; we roam through the halls of the NSW Gallery and come face to face with a hundred years of Australian portraiture; and, finally, to take the edge off, we dabble in the kitchen, pull out the chopping board, open the liquor cabinet, and experiment with some cocktails.



From the news desk, the Pablo Picasso painting Head of a Woman, stolen from the Athens National Gallery in 2012, has now been discovered in a storage unit on the outskirts of Athens, Greece. Hoorah to Greece, art lovers, and, of course, the die-hard Picasso fanatics. The 1939 portrait of Picasso’s lover Dora Maar was gifted to the National Gallery of Athens by Picasso after the Greek peoples' steadfast resistance to Nazi Germany.

This seven-minute art heist included the theft of Guglielmo Caccia and Piet Mondrian, which was discovered alongside the Picasso. The Caccia, unfortunately, met a fate worse than death when it was damaged during the theft and shoved down a toilet. Mondrian's Stammer Windmill (1905) and Head of a Woman were surveilled by the cunning and determined thief for six months before being stolen. The thief in question, a 49-year-old builder, recently confessed.

Head of a Woman (1939) Pablo Picasso. Courtesy National Gallery in Athens.