Thursday, May 5 at 7PM
Recommended for adult audiences
Portrait of Wally, Egon Schiele’s tender picture of his mistress, Walburga (“Wally”) Neuzil, is the pride of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. But for 13 years
the painting was locked up in New York, caught in a legal battle between the Austrian museum and the Jewish family from whom the Nazis seized the
painting in 1939.
This documentary traces the history of this iconic image—from Schiele’s gesture of affection toward his young lover, to the theft of the painting from Lea Bondi, a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna for her life, to the post-war confusion and subterfuge that evoke The Third Man, to the surprise resurfacing of “Wally” on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan in 1997.
Portrait of Wally takes you on that journey. The 13-year war over “Wally” was more than a dispute over property stolen from Jews during the Holocaust. It was a battle over history and memory. This time, the truth won.
Presented in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Panel discussion will follow performance.
The cost for this show is $18 for Weinstein JCC Members, $22 for non-members and $15 for seniors, students and groups of 10+.