Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Jewish Museum of Florida Presents Panel On Nazi-Looted Art

"Die Blonde Venus," 1932, is part of The Florida Connection. Hans Sachs collected 12,500 posters that were confiscated by the Nazis in 1938.

Experts in the field of Nazi-looted art will discuss the ongoing restitution process at at the Jewish Museum of Florida on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. This public program complements a current exhibition, "Auktion 392: Reclaiming the Galerie Stern, Dusseldorf."

In 1935, Dr. Max Stern's license to trade art in Germany was withdrawn because he was Jewish. He was forced to sell his artworks under extreme duress in Auktion 392. Many of the works were "lost." This exhibition tells the story of Stern's family, his struggle to save his art gallery and collection, the forced auction, as well as provenance research and the restitution of Nazi looted art with current international restitution efforts, including in Florida. The Exhibition was conceived and curated by Dr. Catherine Mackenzie of Concordia University, Montreal; adjuncts conceived and curated by Suzanne Lewis of Ben Uri, The London Jewish Museum of Art. The Jewish Museum of Florida is its premiere venue in the southeast US.

Moderated by Holocaust survivors restitution attorney Sam Dubbin of Miami, the participants include Monica Dugot, Vice President & International Director of Restitution for Christie's auction house; Marc Masurovsky, Washington, DC Project Director, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's on-line database of looted art and Co-Founder, Holocaust Art Restitution Project; and Thomas Kline, partner, Andrews Kurth LLP, Washington, DC, a specialist in art and property litigation.
Admission to the panel discussion is complimentary with Museum entry ticket. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVP suggested. Please RSVP to 786-972-3175 or

The Jewish Museum of Florida on South Beach is housed in two adjacent lovingly restored historic buildings that were once synagogues for Miami Beach's first Jewish congregation. The focal point of the Museum is its core exhibit "MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida 1763 to the Present" and temporary history and art exhibits that change periodically. Current exhibits are "Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited" through August 14 and "Auktion 392: Restitution of Nazi-looted Art" through April 25. A Collections & Research Center, several films, TimelineWall of Jewish history, Museum Store and Bessie's Bistro complete the experience for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Museum is located at 301 Washington Ave., South Beach and is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Mondays and Civil and Jewish holidays.

Admission: Adults/$6; Seniors/$5; Families/$12; Members and children under 6/Free; Saturdays/Free.

For information call 305-672-5044 or visit

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