The Recovery of the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

The Republic of Austria v. Altmann


 

We are proud to announce the opening of The Recovery of the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, an exhibit chronicling the epic legal battle by LAMOTH President Randy Schoenberg to recover Gustav Klimt's iconic "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" painting from the Austrian government on behalf of his client, Maria Altmann, who was Adele's niece. The case began in 1998, when 82-year-old Maria Altmann approached Randy, a young lawyer and grandson of her close friend, about trying to recover her family's art from Austria. Although Randy had no experience in art law and more experienced lawyers told Randy he had no chance of winning, he took on Maria's case, which ultimately went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Against all odds, a panel of arbitrators in Austria ruled in Maria's favor, ordering the Austrian government to return the paintings. In 2006 the paintings were returned to Maria's family. The famous Woman In Gold ("Adele Bloch-Bauer I") is now on permanent public display at the Neue Galerie in New York.

The exhibit at LAMOTH includes archival images of the Schoenberg and Altmann families and memorabilia related to the Supreme Court case, The Republic of Austria v. Altmann. Also on exhibit is a video featuring interviews with Randy Schoenberg about his work with Maria Altmann on the case and his portrayal by Ryan Reynolds in the film "Woman In Gold."