The following article appeared in The Australian, March 21, 2014
The National Gallery of Australia’s director has announced his retirement.
Ron Radford will have served close to a decade in the gallery’s top job when he leaves at the end of September.
During his time as director, Dr Radford has overseen an extension of gallery buildings, appointment of indigenous curators, the transformation and revival of Asian and Pacific collections, and is credited with initiating numerous blockbuster exhibitions.
There is no link between his retirement and controversy surrounding the purchase of a bronze sculpture, titled Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Nataraja), dating from 11th-century India.
The gallery paid $US5 million in 2008 for the statue and in 2014 has launched legal action in the United States against the selling dealer, amid allegations the artwork was stolen.
“If we are a victim of fraud then we will act,” Dr Radford has said.