Behind the Woman in Gold

featuring Peter Altmann

June 8, 2017, (Time TBA) at the Lensic Theater

Join us as we take a look behind the Woman in Gold!  Peter Altmann, son of Maria Altmann (the niece of Adele, the “Woman in Gold” in Klimt’s famous painting who took on the Austrian government to recover the artwork that she believed rightfully belonged to her family) will speak along with a special showing of the film at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center.

womaninGIf you’ve never seen Woman In Gold (2015) or are already a fan of the film you will enjoy hearing Peter Altmann’s story as an Altmann family member. Peter will discuss the gold portrait of his Great Aunt, Adele, and its epic journey from creation, Nazi capture, his mother’s battle to regain, and the comparison to the Hollywood movie starring Helen Mirren. There will be plenty of time for Q&A so come prepared with questions!

TICKETS will be 2-tiered: (prices TBA, available at the Lensic soon)

VIP: Pre-event reception with Peter at the Lensic with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, film, and talk.

General Admission: includes the showing of the film and the talk.


ARTsmart kids have created Klimt-styled greeting cards for sale at the event and there will be refreshments available.


Peter Altmann speaks about Adele, the “Woman in Gold” photo credit: Peter Haley


More about Peter Altmann:

Peter Altmann comes to Santa Fe from Washington State to discuss the gold portrait of his great aunt, Adele, -its epic journey from creation, Nazi capture, his mother’s battle to regain, and the 2015 movie, Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren as his mother, Maria Altmann.

Peter Altmann graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1969 with a Business major and Art History Minor. He worked as an Admin. Manager for Pitney Bowes, owned a consignment store for 10 years, and worked for Pierce Transit 27 years, retiring as Union President.

Peter’s mother, Maria Altmann, was the surviving heir of her Uncle Ferdinand’s estate, including world famous paintings by Gustav Klimt. These paintings were taken by the Nazis and kept by the Austrian government. Maria went through an epic legal battle to regain her family’s paintings. Four documentaries, two books, and a major motion picture (Woman in Gold, 2015) cover the story.

Peter has spoken to numerous groups. He is entertaining and humorous as he explains how the portrait of his Great Aunt Adele reflects the history woven into the canvas. People love hearing the difference between the true story and the Hollywood version, Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren as his mother.  Since 3/4 of his time during the presentation is question and answer each gathering takes its own direction. Peter is very excited to be coming to Santa Fe in June to share his story!