On the occasion of Max Liebermann’s 175th birthday on July the 20th 2022, the Alte Nationalgalerie is putting the spotlight on key works by the important impressionist from the permanent exhibition with an intervention. In videos with short statements, people from the most diverse perspectives – the museum supervisor from the Alte Nationalgalerie as well as the artist Valerie Favre or the film actor Tom Schilling – talk about their personal enthusiasm for Liebermann. “My Liebermann. A Homage” illuminates 13 works from the collection of the Nationalgalerie from very individual perspectives and encourages visitors to engage with the exceptional artist themselves.
Image above: Max Liebermann, Flachsscheuer in Laren, 1887, oil on canvas © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Andres Kilger
The resulting videos invite you to immerse yourself in the very personal Liebermann moments of the various protagonists. In addition to museum guards, artists and actors, the museum director as well as children and young people report on their experiences.
They will be available in the exhibition from July 20th to November 13th 2022 via QRCodes as well as from home in the long term via the website of the Alte Nationalgalerie and in the Youtube channel of the National Museums in Berlin: www.smb.museum/ang
With 22 paintings, including “Gänserupferinnen” (1871/1872), “Flachsscheuer in Laren” (1887) and “Selbstbildnis mit Sportmütze an der Staffelei” (1925), the collection of the Nationalgalerie houses important milestones in the great career of the famous Berlin painter. Max Liebermann (1847-1935) was one of the most important German painters on the path to modernism, whose painting style changed from naturalism to impressionism during his long career.
As a co-founder of the Berlin Secession and collector, he played just as much a part in establishing Impressionism as he did as a friend and advisor to the then director of the National Gallery, Hugo von Tschudi. Liebermann, who came from a Jewish family, was one of the most influential figures in Berlin’s artistic life between the Empire and the Weimar Republic.
Exhibition dates: Wednesday, 20. July – Sunday, 13. November 2022
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm
Museumsinsel Berlin, Alte Nationalgalerie