Paul Paeschke, Alter Badestrand, n.d.,
 © Privatbesitz


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– September
 Daily except Tuesdays 10 am – 6 pm
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 Daily except Tuesdays 11 am – 5 pm
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Conflict on Lake Wannsee
Country retreat and playground for the masses

9 July to 3 October 2017

In the winter of 1912 a four-page letter of complaint was sent to the Royal Government in Potsdam. The letter was signed by 28 residents of the Villa colonies around Lake Wannsee, including the artist Max Liebermann.

Their problem: the noise levels coming from the open-air baths on the other side of the lake. With the rapidly increasing popularity of the Wannsee Lido among the residents of Berlin, these noise levels had now reached unacceptable levels. According to the letter, Wannsee was in danger of losing its reputation as the “most prestigious and most peaceful residential location in the Berlin area”.

This exhibition explores this conflict between villa owners and day trippers in their enjoyment of Lake Wannsee. Works by artists including Max Liebermann, Philipp Franck, Hugo Vogel, Paul Paeschke and Heinrich Zille set out to reconstruct these two sides of Wannsee in the early decades of the twentieth century: as a retreat for the Berlin upper classes, and as a lido for the city’s workers.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue