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"Art of the Heist: Lady in Gold"

September 30, 2011

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt, 1907

Watch this documentary program “Art of the Heist: Lady in Gold” which aired in 2008, presented to you for educational purposes, and learn the amazing true history of some of the world’s most famous paintings by Gustav Klimt.  Seized from the Bloch-Bauer family by the Third Reich, the story of the paintings goes from WWII up to 2007, involving a long international law suit seeking the return of the paintings to Maria Altmann, the niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer. 

Maria Altmann recalls the famous personalities in the social salon of her aunt, the family’s patronage of the arts and the cultural heritage of turn of the century Austria.  She speaks of the Nazi occupation of Vienna, fleeing Austria and immigrating to the USA.  The lawsuit involving the paintings versus the Austrian government was an important international case of returning ownership of highly valued art taken from Jewish families. 

More than a personal story, this documentary is deeply historical and shows the highly organized looting of art and valuable objects as executed by the Nazis, the massive scale it took place on and Allied Forces attempts to return the items.

 

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