In 1928 the art historian Max Stern (1904 – 1987) joined the gallery on Königsallee 23-25 founded by his father Julius Stern(1867 – 1934) in 1913. Alongside the galleries of Alfred Flechtheim, Hans and Georg Paffrath and Dr. Joseph Schönemann,it was among the most prestigious venues of the Düsseldorf art trade in the first third of the 20th century. During National Socialism, Stern was among those persecuted for reasons of religion. He was forced to liquidate his gallery and fled to London via Paris in 1937, and finally into exile in Canada in 1941. The aim of the international conference is to pay tribute, for the first time, to Max Stern’s life and activities, with a view to impacts past and present. The paths of numerous works of art are tied up with his art dealing activities in many different ways, which will be examined both on a case-by-case basis and within the context of the Rhineland art trade. At the same time the lectures will be a starting point for formulating and discussing current perspectives in provenance research as regards approaches to art dealers’ stocks.
The conference will take place from 8.30am-19.30pm at: