Max, who hails from Berlin (East), graduated from the London School of Economics (BSc, 2004) and the Courtauld Institute of Art (MA, 2006), where he studied German Romantic art with Professor Joseph Leo Koerner. He studies European art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with a particular focus on the history of modern and contemporary German art.
Max’s dissertation project, directed by Christine Mehring and Ralph Ubl (Basel), is a history of the Berlin-based art nouveau magazine PAN (1895-1900) as part of a larger history of the mediation of the applied arts in the outgoing nineteenth century, in particular in art magazines.
Max has held internships and fellowships at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. His research has been supported by the German Schiller Association, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and others.
For the academic years of 2016-2018, Max is based in Berlin at the Kunstbibliothek as a doctoral fellow in the Connecting Art Histories in the Museum (CAHIM) program of the Kunsthistorische Institut Florenz and the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin.