Today the Blanton announced a new film series called Screenings at the Blanton. The series will explore a range of art-related topics including issues of repatriation and artists as political dissidents. Each film screening will be hosted by filmmakers and other experts.

The series begins this spring and summer with:

A still from Le mystère Picasso

A still from Le mystère Picasso

Le mystère Picasso
Saturday, March 23 | 1PM
French director Henri-Georges Clouzot depicts Picasso applying paint to glass panes in this intriguing documentary of the creative process. The Blanton will display work by Picasso as part of the exhibition Through the Eyes of Texas. Running time: 78 minutes.

Portrait of Wally
Saturday, April 6 | 2PM
How does the law respond to art ownership disputes? This documentary traces the legal history of a famous Egon Schiele painting—seized by the Nazis in 1939—and the subsequent quest for its return. Director Andrew Shea, Associate Professor in the UT Department of Radio-TV-Film, will discuss the film. Running time: 90 minutes

Gerhard Richter Painting
Thursday, July 18 | 6pm
The process of creation is explored in this film, which depicts the famous German artist as he paints and treats the canvas in real time. Several of Richter’s works will be on display as part of the Blanton’s summer exhibition, Lifelike. Contemporary art scholar Katie Geha will speak about the film, the exhibition, and Richter. Running time: 97 minutes

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Thursday, August 15 | 6pm
This documentary explores the work and impact of provocative Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whose work Sunflower Seeds will be on display in the upcoming exhibition Lifelike. Asian art scholar Hao Sheng will discuss the film and Ai’s work. Running time: 91 minutes

The films will be shown in the Blanton’s 300-seat Auditorium. Tickets to the film are included in the cost of museum admission (only $9 for adults), unless the screening falls on one of the Blanton’s Third Thursdays—on Thursdays, museum admission and programs are free to the public.

Additional Screenings at the Blanton films for the 2013-2014 season will be announced in August. Check the online events calendar for updates.

Trailer for Portrait of Wally:

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