Portrait of Wally
Boston, MA 02115
Egon Schiele painted Wally, his mistress, in 1912. The painting was owned by Viennese Jewish art dealer Lea Bondi until the Nazis made off with it. The painting eventually reappeared in 1997 at a Schiele exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. That set the stage for a 12-year battle royale over who owned the painting, the subject of the documentary Portrait of Wally.
“It’s the rare film about art that warrants the warning label “bombshell,” but Portrait of Wally isn’t just about stolen art: It’s about cultural skulduggery, political sleaze, institutional hypocrisy and the virtues of persistence.” – Variety
The film screens June 28 at 8 p.m.; June 29 at 2 and 5 p.m.; June 30 at noon and July 1 at 3 p.m.