Professor Klaus Krüger speaking to students during an event at the Freie Universität Berlin.

In a sub-project of “Denkwerk Art History,” students explore the issues related to image worship and the ban on images in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Here, students enrolled in the art profile course eagerly follow the explanations of Professor Claus-Peter Haase (Professor for Islamic art and former curator at the Museum for Islamic Art in Berlin) in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

After vistiting the Berlin Gemäldegalerie (Berlin Picture Gallery) with Professor Klaus Krüger, the students continue their series of excursions with a visit to the Museum for Islamic Art. In the background: The Ishtar Gate, a former gate to the inner city of Babylon constructed in the sixth century BC.

Close examination leads to new findings.

Professor Claus-Peter Haase explains the construction of an Anatolian mihrab in faience mosaic to the students. The mosaic stems from the second half of the 13th century.

The students listen intently to the explanations about Islamic art.

Together with the academics, the students try to decipher the ornamentation of the Jordanian Mshatta Facade from the 8th century - which they are obviously enjoying!

Impressed, the students and their teacher listen to the remarks of Professor Claus-Peter Haase about the Jordanian Mshatta Facade from the 8th century.

Following their visit, pupils discuss the results with their teacher.

Denkwerk Kunstgeschichte: Art in Education

Coordinator: Professor Dr. Klaus Krüger, Freie Universität Berlin
Contact: Karin Kranhold, M.A.

Eleven high schools across Berlin cooperate with the Art History Institute at Freie Universität Berlin in this project. Schoolchildren from grades 10 to 12 look at art history topics to familiarize themselves with the methods of the humanities and learn how to adequately describe, critically analyze, and understand art. The teachers, pupils, and researchers involved in the program are developing a "Berlin Curriculum" that will include a canon of buildings and works of art in Berlin. As part of the project, scientists hold lectures in the participating schools, and interested pupils are guided through exhibitions by art historians and subsequently report back to their fellow pupils on what they saw during the visit. Teachers and pupils are permitted to take part in events at the university, and art history students can work as interns in the schools as part of their bachelor's degree course. In addition, academics give pupils from grade 12 and upwards an introduction to scientific research.

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