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Gustav Klimt, The Stolen Paintings

Host Laura Craven goes behind the scenes of the L.A. County Museum's special exhibition Gustav Klimt: Five Paintings from the Collection of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer (through June 30, 2006). Following a long legal dispute over the rightful ownership of the Klimt paintings stolen by the Nazi regime over sixty years ago, these five masterpieces from the early 1900's were returned to the family of Maria Altmann of Los Angeles, the niece of original owners Adele and Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer of Vienna. Stephanie Barron, Senior Curator of Modern Art at LACMA, tells the story of these paintings and the museum's role in facilitating their return.


Listening to Los Angeles


The vibrant cultural scene in Los Angeles is bursting with creative energy. Host Laura Craven travels around metropolitan Los Angeles uncovering the mysteries and discovering thriving art scenes in all corners of the city and its environs. From the Los Angeles County Museum to a sculpture studio in Pasadena, Laura meets and interviews some of the most interesting and creative artists living and working here. The subjects on this program include muralists in Latino neighborhoods, painters in the Valley, gallerists in Santa Monica and museum curators at art museums great and small. Like the city itself, the Los Angeles art scene is a patchwork of small communities connecting to create a large and colorful tapestry. When you're Listening to Los Angeles, you never know where you will find yourself!