CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEW FALL 2013 EXHIBITIONS
Albrecht Dürer to Claes Oldenburg: Collecting at the Cornell, 1990–2010
Auktion 392: Reclaiming the Galerie Stern, Düsseldorf
Winter Park, Fla. (August 30, 2013) – The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College is pleased to announce its new Fall 2013 exhibitions, opening to the public on Tuesday, September 17 and on view through December 8, 2013. Free Admission will continued to be offered as Cornell celebrates its 35th anniversary year.
Albrecht Dürer to Claes Oldenburg: Collecting at the Cornell, 1990–2010 showcases works purchased by the museum from designated funds during two decades at the turn of the 21st century. The works chosen reveal an acquisition strategy that celebrates the museum's historic collection yet is future driven: some works relate to artwork that had been donated to the museum, others build new areas of strength. Together, they enhance the teaching role of the collection. Old Master prints will be seen side by side with works by some of the 20th century’s best-known artists including Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Alex Katz, David Hockney, Roy Lichtensen, and Edward Ruscha to name just a few.
Presented at the Cornell to coincide with the seventy-fifth anniversary of Kristallnacht (November 9-10, 1938), Auktion 392: Reclaiming the Galerie Stern, Düsseldorf focuses on the case of Max Stern’s Düsseldorf gallery and addresses the issues of Nazi looted art and the on-going restitution efforts through the courts in America and Europe of works forcibly sold at the instruction of the Nazi regime.
In August 1935 Max Stern, who had taken over the long-established Galerie Stern in Düsseldorf upon the death of his father the previous year, was notified that, under Nazi law, he had lost all professional privileges and was no longer allowed to practice as an art dealer. Stern was given four weeks in which to sell or dissolve all holdings of the gallery. Although he appealed the mandate while trying to find a “suitable” (i.e., Aryan) owner for the gallery, Stern’s efforts failed and in November 1937 on orders of the Nazi government, Kunsthaus Lempertz in Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest auction houses, sold the inventory of the Gallerie Stern at the auction known, as was customary, by its number, Auktion 392. It was one of many such forced sales meant to eliminate any Jewish participation in German cultural life.
The exhibition is constructed in three modules which tell the intertwined stories of the Stern family and Max Stern's doomed struggle to save his art gallery and collection; the forced auction (including a reconstruction of the auction environment with more than fifty images of the sold lots); and finally the restitution of Nazi looted art in general, alongside current progress of the Max Stern art restitution project.
Originally conceived, researched, and curated by the Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, Auktion 392: Reclaiming the Galerie Stern, Düsseldorf was further developed and toured internationally by Ben Uri, the London Jewish Museum of Art (benuri.org.uk) in conjunction with the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (jewishmuseum.com). Thanks are due to The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. (Claims Conference) for their support in enabling this important exhibition to tour across the United States and abroad.
A remarkable group of arts and cultural organizations have come together in the Central Florida community to host a series of programs to remember Kristallnacht in order to encourage conversations about respect and diversity in our society, and to empower our community to speak out against injustice. A related panel discussion, Nazi-Looted Art: Unfinished Business will occur at the museum on Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. It will be moderated by David Glasser, Executive Chairman, Ben Uri, The London Jewish Museum of Art and include panelists Howard N. Spiegler, Co-chair, Art Law Group, Herrick Feinstein, LLP and Dr. Roger Ward, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. For information on other related events, please learn more at Kristallnacht2013.org.
For comprehensive programming information at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, please visit our website at cfam.rollins.edu.
ABOUT THE CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM AND ROLLINS COLLEGE
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area. Our encyclopedic collection totals over 5,000 objects ranging from antiquity through contemporary, including rare Old Master paintings and a comprehensive collection of prints, drawings and photographs. Located on the campus of Rollins College near downtown Winter Park, the Cornell’s public hours are: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. For additional information, please call 407.646.2526 or visit cfam.rollins.edu
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