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Max Liebermann Society 25

The Creation of a Museum

22 March until 21 September 2020


For today’s visitors the Liebermann Villa stands as a “Gesamtkunstwerk” of architecture, nature and art. Yet this was not always the case. Following the confiscation of the house from the Liebermann family in 1940 the house endured a turbulent history. In 1995 the Max Liebermann Society was founded in Berlin with the goal of restoring the house and reconstructing the garden. It is thanks to the engagement of the Society and its members that the Liebermann Villa was able to open as a museum in 2006.

In 2020 the Max Liebermann Society celebrates its 25th anniversary. This exhibition marks this important milestone, telling the history of the Society via photographs, documentary material, press articles and of course artworks.

It was in 1997 that the Berlin Senate first agreed that the Liebermann Villa should be used as a museum. It nonetheless a further five years before the Society could take over the building and before renovation works could start. After a further four years of building work the Villa could open as a museum. Today the Society has over 2,100 members who – together with around 120 volunteers and countless individual donors – keep house and garden in its original condition.

The exhibition Max Liebermann Society 25: The Creation of a Museum highlights important moments in the history of the Society, while also looking forward to the future of the museum.