is the former summer residence of the German painter Max Liebermann
. It is located directly at the shores of lake Wannsee
. It is open to public after renovation since April, 30 2006 and shows a collection of Liebermanns' paintings of his villa and its garden.
Max Liebermann (1847-1937) was co-founder and head of the Berlin Secession
and head of the Prussian academy of arts (Preußische Akademie der Künste). By the nazis he was dismissed in 1933 and banned. In his villa he painted about 200 pictures of his garden, some of which are exhibited in his former studio in the upper floor.
In 1909 he bought a narrow piece of land with direct access to the shores of lake Wannsee in Berlin to escape from the noisy city of Berlin. He lived there in the summer months from 1910 on. The villa was built by the architect Paul Otto Baumgarten. Liebermann called it his "little castle by the lake".
The lengthy garden is divided into two by the villa itself. From the center of the villa there is am marvellous view over the grass to the lake Wannsee. In front of the house in direction to Wannsee there is a garden terrace. On one side of the grass there is the famous birch path, the birches growing freely and unstructured. On the other side there are three hedged gardens. In the rear of the villa there is the garden house and the area for useful plants.
In the former studio in the upper floor there are shown about 40 paintings related to the garden and the villa. In the ground floor there is a documentation of the family Liebermann and of the building. There are documents of how the nazis brought his wife Martha Liebermann to sell her villa. In the end she got nothing from the already humble sum. She was driven to suicide, as deportation to Theresienstadt concentration camp was to become imminent.
The museum is assisted by the Max-Liebermann-Gesellschaft Berlin e. V. to take care of the villa and the garden and to switch them to the original state of Liebermanns' time. Paintings of the garden and the villa are presented continuously. Visitors learn to apreciate the serenity and spirit of Liebermanns' villa and find to his thinking and painting.
- (de) Nina Nedelykov u. Pedro Moreira (Hgg.): Zurück am Wannsee. Max Liebermanns Sommerhaus. Transit Buchverlag: Berlin 2003; ISBN 3-88747-181-4.
- (de) Ingo Krüger: Landhäuser und Villen in Berlin & Potsdam - Nr. 3: Großer Wannsee, Colonie Alsen, Villa Liebermann. Delmenhorst: Aschenbeck & Holstein, 2005
- (de) Max Liebermann Villa am Wannsee Berlin. In: Die Neuen Architekturführer Nr. 82, Stadtwandel Verlag, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-937123-88-1 (20-seitige Broschüre über die Nutzung und die Eröffnung als Museum).