A series of accompanying lectures in German during the exhibition “Canada and Impressionism. New Horizons”.

The entrance is free, no registration needed.

Please see venue below.

"Dr. Max Stern and Canadian art: An engagement generated by exile" (Lecture in English)

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 6.15pm

Prof. Dr. Catherine MacKenzie, Stern Cooperation Project


Forced from his profession as an art dealer and gallery owner by the National Socialists in Germany and then by British government actions against enemy aliens, Dr. Max Stern rapidly achieved prominence in Canada after his 1942 release from an internment camp.  His subsequent self-fashioning as the first organizer of a large  commercial exhibition of Emily Carr’s work and as an ardent proponent of living Canadian art through his Dominion Gallery in Montreal suggests a remarkable sense of adventure.  However, as this heavily illustrated talk will argue, the new (sometimes hesitant)  commitment to Canadian art actually had to struggle to find its place alongside a more abiding affection for various forms of European production. Occasionally these distinct enthusiasms came together,  as in the numerous paintings Stern sold and collected by  the European-based Canadian painter James Wilson Morrice,  but more often they co-existed awkwardly in Stern’s practice, in analogy to the oft-times unsettled condition of exile.


Organised by the Zentralinstituts für Kunstgeschichte München in collaboration with Kunsthalle München.
Lecture at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10


Supportey by the representation of the government of Quebec in Munich.

"Auf der Suche nach einer eigenen Kunst. Konstruktionen nationaler Identität in Kanada und Deutschland um 1900" (Lecture in German language)

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 7.00pm

Dr Nerina Santorius, curator Kunsthalle Munich


Only a few years lie between the establishment of the Canadian Confederation in 1867 and the founding of the German Empire in 1871. In both young nations, the call for their own art was raised, which was to contribute to the foundation of a national identity. The relationship of Canadian and German painting to French Impressionism played a central role. Was it possible to pick up on such modern trends while creating something that represented the homeland? Landscapes that are typical of the country and used for nation-building were primarily perceived, so that the focus was on the depiction of nature. The lecture sheds light on how landscape painting shaped the debates about a national identity in Canada and Germany.


Amerikahaus, Barer Straße 19a

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