CONF: Stern Cooperation Project (SCP), Concluding Conference (online / Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich, 16-17 Feb 2022)

This is the concluding conference of the “Stern Cooperation Project (SCP)“, funded by the Deutschen Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (2018 – 2022).


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

2 pm MEZ / 8 am UTC-5
Dr. Ulrich Pfisterer, Munich
Prof. Dr. Gilbert Lupfer, Magdeburg
Oberbürgermeister / Mayor Dr. Stephan Keller, Düsseldorf
Clarence Epstein, Montréal

Prof. Dr. Meike Hopp, Berlin: A short Remark on Museums and Provenance Research in Germany
Prof. Dr. 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
Prof. Manuela Consonni, Jerusalem

Dr. 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
Prof. Dr. 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

Dr. Evgeniya Makarova, Montréal: Challenges and opportunities of the Max Stern Book Collection at McGill University Montréal

Response by Prof. Dr. 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
Dr. 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

Dr. Stephan Klingen, Munich: Max Stern und seine jüdische Clientele. Das Beispiel Heinemann

Response by Alexander Herman, London, 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

Dr. 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
Prof. Dr. Catherine MacKenzie, Prof. Dr. 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 assistant 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, SCP assistant, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pfisterer, Direktor des Zentralinstituts für Kunstgeschichte, München
Lucian Simmons, Senior Vice President and Worldwide Head of Restitution Department, Sotheby´s New York
Julia Rickmeyer, Deputy Director Provenance Research, Sotheby´s London
Anne Uhrlandt, SCP project coordinator, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich


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.