The Liebermann Villa on Lake Wannsee, supported by the Max Liebermann Society, is the former summer house of the painter Max Liebermann (1847-1935). After an eventful history in the years after 1940, the house and garden were completely renovated under the leadership of the Society and opened to the public in 2006. The villa is now an art museum dedicated to Max Liebermann and his time. The listed garden exists as it did in Liebermann’s time and is considered a leading example of the European reform garden movement.
The Max Liebermann Society
The Liebermann Villa is supported by the Max Liebermann Society (“Max-Liebermann-Gesellschaft Berlin e.V.”). The purpose of this charitable association is to maintain the memory of Max Liebermann and his work, and to conduct research into his work. Today the Max Liebermann Society has over 2,200 members and is one of the largest cultural associations in Germany.
History of the Society
The Max Liebermann Society was founded in 1995 with only fifteen members. Thanks to the extraordinary commitment of its members, it has succeeded in taking over the Liebermann Villa, completely reconstructing the property and establishing it as a museum.
Become a member
The Liebermann Villa receives no public base funding. The annual contributions of our members make a significant contribution to the running costs of the house, museum and garden. Join us today and help us continue this work, while enjoying exclusive member benefits.
You can learn more about the association, its purpose and organisation in the statutes of the Max Liebermann Society (in German).
Introducing the The Max Liebermann Society
Board of the Society
Together with the Director of the Liebermann Villa, the volunteer board determines the direction and mission statement of the museum. Through its activities, the board aims to create optimal conditions for the Director and the team to run the museum.
Dr. Johannes Nathan (Chairman)
Dr. Thomas Lenz
Dr. Christian Schwirten (co-opted)
Academic Advisory Board
The members of the academic advisory board support the team and the board with their expert knowledge of Max Liebermann and his times.
Dr. Sigrid Achenbach
Dr. Dominik Bartmann
Dr. Markus Bertsch
Dr. Barbara Gaehtgens
Dr. Ralph Gleis
Dr. Dorothee Hansen
Dr. Jenns E. Howoldt
Margreet E. Nouwen
Dr. Chana Schütz
Garden Advisory Board
The Garden Advisory Board advises the team and the board on all matters related to the preservation of the Liebermann garden, a protected historic landmark.
Dr. Klaus-Henning von Krosigk