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Online-Tagung // Stern Cooperation Project (SCP) Conference



16.02.2022 um 14:00 bis
17.02.2022 um 20:00

Termin übernehmen


February 16th 2022
2 pm – 8 pm (Munich, MEZ); 8 am – 2 pm (Montréal, UTC-5)

2 pm MEZ / 8 am UTC-5

Welcome and Introduction

  • Welcome // Ulrich Pfisterer, Munich, Gilbert Lupfer, Magdeburg
  • Greetings // Stephan Keller, Düsseldorf, Clarence Epstein, Montréal



Meike Hopp, Berlin: A short Remark on Museums and Provenance Research in Germany
Christian Fuhrmeister, Munich: Recapitulating the SCP
Anne Uhrlandt, Munich with SCP team members: An existence with no traces – a focus on the key protagonists

Response by Stefan Koldehoff followed by Q & A / Discussion

3.45 pm – 4.15pm MEZ / 9.45 – 10.15 am UTC-5 break

4.15 – 6 pm MEZ / 10.15 – 12 am UTC-5

Introduction // Manuela Consonni, Jerusalem

Noah Benninga, Jerusalem: Contextualizing the Sterns: Towards a Topography of Anti-Jewish Measures in the pre-Holocaust Period (1929-1937)
Anne Uhrlandt, Munich: „von der N.S.D.A.P. inhibiert“ – the forced end of Julius Stern´s auction business in March 1933
Jasmin Hartmann, Bonn: Die Düsseldorfer Galerie Stern und die Lempertz´sche Auktion Nr. 392

Response by Stefan Koldehoff followed by Q & A / Discussion

6 – 6.30 pm MEZ / 12 – 12.30 UTC-5 break

6.30 – 8 pm MEZ / 12.30 – 2 pm UTC-5

Catherine MacKenzie, Montréal: Beyond the Nuclear: Family Networks and Stern Provenance Research

-  Discussion  -


February 17th 2022
2 pm – 8 pm (Munich, MEZ); 8 am – 2 pm (Montréal, UTC-5)

2 pm – 3.15 pm MEZ, 8 – 9.15 am UTC-5

Anne Uhrlandt, Munich: Reconstructing the Galerie Stern Düsseldorf and the West´s Galleries Ltd. London
Lucian Simmons/ Julia Rickmeyer, Sotheby´s New York: Max Stern Project – Restitution and Research through the commercial art market
Evgeniya Makarova, Montréal: Challenges and opportunities of the Max Stern Book Collection at McGill University Montréal

Response by Meike Hopp, Berlin, followed by Q & A / Discussion

3.15 – 3.30 pm MEZ / 9.15 – 9.30 am UTC-5 break

3.30 – 5 pm MEZ / 9.30 – 11 am UTC-5

Sara Angel, Toronto: Two decades of Canadian-based Nazi-era art recovery: The Max Stern Art Restitution Project Turns Twenty
Elina Meßfeldt, Munich: The client cards of Galerie Stern – an overview
Anne Uhrlandt, Munich: The SCP´s museum survey – creating a „tool“ for provenance research
Stephan Klingen, Munich: Max Stern und seine jüdische Clientele. Das Beispiel Heinemann

Response by Christian Fuhrmeister, followed by Q & A / Discussion

5 – 5.30 pm MEZ / 11 – 11.30 am UTC-5 break

5.30 – 6.30 pm MEZ / 11.30 – 12.30 am UTC-5

Philip Dombowsky, Ottawa: Two decades of Max Stern at the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Willi Korte, Washington: Re-Assessing 1950s Restitution Cases

Response by Alexander Herman, London, followed by Q & A / Discussion

6.30 – 6.45 pm MEZ / 12.30 – 12.45 am UTC-5 break

6.45 - 7.30 pm MEZ / 12.45 – 1.30 pm – Wrap-Up & Conclusion

 Catherine MacKenzie, Christian Fuhrmeister: „Lessons (not) learnt“, as part of the Final Discussion between Speakers, Respondents and Audience


About the Speakers:

  • Dr. Sara Angel, Executive director of the Art Canada Institute, Toronto
  • Dr. Noah Benninga, Vidal Sassoon Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, SCP Research Fellow Israel
  • Prof. Manuela Consonni, Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, SCP Supervisor Israel
  • Philip Dombowsky, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Dr. Clarence Epstein, Executive Director Max and Iris Stern Foundation, Montréal
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Fuhrmeister, SCP supervisor, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich
  • Jasmin Hartmann, Leiterin der Koordinationsstelle für Provenienzforschung in NRW, Bonn
  • Alexander Herman, author and director of the Institute of Art and Law, London
  • Prof. Dr. Meike Hopp, Vorsitzende des Arbeitskreises für Provenienzforschung e.V., Berlin
  • Dr. Stephan Keller, Oberbürgermeister / Mayor, Düsseldorf
  • Dr. Stephan Klingen, SCP supervisor, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich
  • Stefan Koldehoff, author and journalist, Cologne
  • Dr. Willi Korte, Max Stern Art Restitution Project, Washington
  • Prof. Dr. Gilbert Lupfer, Vorstand Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste, Magdeburg
  • Prof. Dr. Catherine MacKenzie, SCP Supervisor Canada, Concordia University, Montréal
  • Dr. Evgeniya Makarova, SCP Research Fellow Canada, McGill University, Montréal
  • Elina Meßfeldt, B.A., SCP assistant, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pfisterer, Direktor des Zentralinstituts für Kunstgeschichte, München
  • Julia Rickmeyer, Deputy Director Provenance Research, Sotheby´s London
  • Lucian Simmons, Senior Vice President and Worldwide Head of Restitution Department, Sotheby´s New York
  • Anne Uhrlandt, M.A., SCP project coordinator, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich

[Image: National Gallery of Canada, Max Stern Fonds, Series 3 File 1, letterhead of Galerie Stern with new name of the street, letter form Selma Stern to Hedi Stern, not dated]



The conference will take place digitally via Zoom – you can attend via the following link:
Meeting-ID: 856 5934 5839
Kenncode: 148258

The conference will not be recorded.

The conference´s working language is English. A few presentations will be in German, with English summaries. There will be no simultaneous translation.