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This museum is dedicated to the art of German artist Max Liebermann. At the age of 62, Liebermann decided to acquire a summer residence in what was then the most exclusive villa district of Berlin. In 1909, he purchased one of the last available waterfront plots on Lake Wannsee and started to build this villa and garden.
In 1940, after Max death, his wife Martha, was forced by the National Socialists to sell the plot to the German National Postal ServiceIn, in 1951, the villa was returned to Liebermann’s daughter and in 1997, on the occasion of Max Liebermann’s 150th birthday, the Max Liebermann Society was able to obtain a resolution from the Senate of Berlin that the villa could be used as a museum.
Today the villa serves as Museum and encompasses 154 of Liebermann’s works, which have all been donated to the museum or purchased since 2002. Works featuring the Wannsee gardens as a motif are a thematic focus of the collections, which also includes several portraits of Liebermann by other artists such as Georg Kolbe, Fritz Klimsch, Conrad Felixmüller and Oskar Kokoschka.
In addition to its own small collection, the Liebermann Villa also exhibits a number of paintings on permanent loan from other museums, foundations and private collectors, including the Nationalgalerie, the Berlin City Museum Foundation, the Bühler-Brockhaus Collection and the collection of the Kunstkreis Berlin.
A representative selection of these works is on permanent display in the rooms of the Liebermann Villa, offering visitors a unique opportunity to see Liebermann’s paintings in the setting where they were produced and in direct proximity to the motifs they depict.