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Photo portraits from the Ullstein Collection

Elegant in a suit, legs crossed, with hat, in profile, with dachshund Nicki in the Wannsee garden or exhausted smoking after a meeting at the Prussian Academy of Arts: The photo collection of the historic and renowned Berlin publisher Ullstein Verlag holds dozens of portraits of the painter Max Liebermann (1847-1935) and his family.

Max Liebermann was portrayed many times and with pleasure during his lifetime. The portraits of today's well-known and lesser-known photographers were widely published in the numerous publications of the Ullstein Verlag, such as Der Querschnitt, Die Dame, UHU and Zeitbilder.

The core of the upcoming exhibition is formed by photo-historically revealing original prints, including those of Yva, Nicola Perscheid, Frieda Riess and Erich Salomon, which are now kept in the Ullstein Collection at ullstein bild in Berlin.
They bear witness to Liebermann's many encounters with fifteen pioneering photographers between 1905 and 1932.

The photo artists met the famous contemporary witness, who knew how to present himself excellently in the public eye. But some of their images show a completely different Liebermann and surprise us with their intimacy and directness.

Meeting Liebermann

Who were the artists who were allowed to photograph Max Liebermann? How did the commissions come about and what significance did the photographic portraits of the famous Max Liebermann have for the professional reputation of the photographers?

Like the history of Ullstein Verlag, some of the biographies presented in the exhibition are closely linked to persecution, exile, resistance, and political adaptation.

The exhibition takes place in cooperation with ullstein bild.
Additional information
  • from 25 - 31 March daily (except Tuesdays) from 11 am - 5 pm.
  • from 01 April 2023 daily (except Tuesdays) from 10 am - 6 pm.

Price: €10.00
Reduced price: €6.00

Reduced price info: Reduction for pupils, students, trainees, unemployed and severely disabled persons (according to ID).

Children and young people up to 18 years free, ICOM members and members of the Max Liebermann Society free.


The museum and the garden are barrier-free to a limited extent. Access to the art exhibition on the 1st floor is usually possible with the Scalamobil. Unfortunately, the Scalamobil is currently not usable until further notice. 

A rental wheelchair can be provided. Accompanying persons have free admission. A guide dog or assistance dog can be taken onto the grounds and into the art exhibition.

For more information, email or call 030 / 805 85 90 0.