Ben Uri is honoured to bring the extraordinary story of Dr Max Stern and the 1937 'Auktion 392' in Cologne to life in a dramatic physical reconstruction of the Galerie Stern and of Lempertz's forced sale Auktion 392 of the Galerie's extensive stock. The exhibition includes up to 70 images of missing works forcibly sold at suppressed prices and concludes with provenance research led on behalf of the estate of Dr Stern by Concordia University Montreal (who curated this exhibition) which has led to the successful restitution of two works of art with a third under court proceedings in America. Ben Uri is delighted that The Montreal Museum of Fine Art has agreed to loan the first work of art restituted in October 2006 'Aimee, eine junge agypterin' 1869 by Emile C. H. Vernet-Lecomte and is in negotiation to exhibit the second work currently shown at a European Foundation.
'Auktion 392; Reclaiming Galerie Stern, Düsseldorf' has been conceived, researched and curated by the Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. The exhibition launched at Concordia University in late 2006 and transferred to New York in April 2007 and has been curated by Dr Catherine MacKenzie, Professor, Department of Art History, Concordia University and is toured and presented by Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art.