NEW YORK — Wim Wenders is standing in front of an Edward Hopper painting at the Museum of Modern Art when a quizzical look comes over his face. He turns to a museum employee who has been escorting him and says, "Is the Balthus out?"
"I don't think so," she replies, scrolling quickly on her phone to check.
Wenders begins walking down a corridor, then stops about 50 feet down. "Ah, here it is," he says, gesturing at the modernist's "The Street" and its tableaux of intersecting people and narratives.
Then, turning to a reporter, he notes with characteristic counterintuitiveness: "If you know where you're going in this place,...