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Hybrid Exhibition talk: Portrait of Wally: Opening the floodgates for restitution, Shauna Isaac

January 31, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Part of the Vienna Model of Radicalisation: Austria and the Shoah exhibition event series

One of the most significant cases of Nazi looting took place in 1998 when the Manhattan District Attorney seized Egon Schiele’s Portrait of Wally under the US stolen property act. This case captured the imagination of the public and changed the international conversation on restitution. This painting was looted from Viennese art dealer Lea Bondi Jaray, who was Shauna Isaac’s great Aunt. Shauna will talk about her family’s fight to reclaim Portrait of Wally, which spanned several decades. She will also discuss the influence that this case has had on contemporary restitution.

About the speaker:

Shauna Isaac has been active in World War II art recovery for several years and has worked with families and government organisations to return Nazi looted art. She set up the Central Registry on Looted Cultural Property and served as a member of the Working Group for the Holocaust Era Assets Conference in Prague. Shauna studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Smith College. She is a regular lecturer at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Her publications include articles for The Art Newspaper, Times Literary Supplement and Art Quarterly. She is a contributor to the book Insiders/Outsiders: Refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British Visual Culture.

The talk will be chaired by Monica Bohm-Duchen.

This event is hosted in partnership with Insiders/Outsiders.

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