Potsdam and the Wannsee...Charlevoix near Berlin
Trip Start Sep 15, 2005
164Trip End Mar 14, 2013
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Just outside of Potsdam (then the Alsen Colony) is where the German Impressionist Max Lieberman built his summer home. The house and garden, which Lieberman carefully collaborated on with his architect (the same architect Baumgarten who built the villa where the great Wannsee Conference took place), became the inspiration for most of the paintings towards the end of his life.
After a succession of property owners, beginning with a member of the Reich who bought it at a depressed price when Lieberman's wife was forced to sell it under the Nazis, the house has been used as a hospital and a private club over the years. It wasn't until 2006 that the house and gardens were restored and turned into a museum, borrowing works from local museums to portray a sampling of the impressionist paintings Lieberman did while living there. It's a pleasant respite, albeit the bittersweet feeling one gets visiting his home, dining al fresco on his patio, overlooking his gardens and taking in a lovely view of the Wannsee. Like much in Berlin, one can never escape the constant reminders of the extraordinary pain and tremendous loss of human talent during the Nazi era.
For more info: http://www.max-liebermann.de/en/(S(1zf5nzyzsytx4bn30spmdu55) )/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabID=1