Deprived of Rights and Property

The Art Dealer Max Stern

In 1934, the art dealer Max Stern (1904–1986) took over Galerie Stern, which was founded by his father on Königsallee in Düsseldorf.

In 1935, Stern was denied admission to the Reich Chamber of Fine Arts due to his Jewish ancestry, and thus was compelled to give up his respected art gallery.

At the end of 1937, the art historian was forced to conclusively liquidate his business. Shortly thereafter, Stern fled to London via Paris, before seeking refuge in Canada in 1941. There, he would make a fresh start, becoming one of Canada’s most influential gallery owners.

This publication is the first in Germany to pay tribute to the life of this extraordinary art dealer and his family.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Deprived of Rights and Property: The Art Dealer Max Stern at Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf (2 September 2021 – 30 January 2022).

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