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The power of colour –

The significance of colours in different cultures and religions using the example of selected historic monuments in the city centre of Berlin

This year’s "Tag des Offenen Denkmals (German Heritage Day)", initiated by the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz in cooperation with Denk mal an Berlin e.V., has the motto "Colour", taking up a wide and universal topic.

Over the course of three days in June, museum educators at the Mitte Museum will investigate the use of colour and its historical-cultural significance on four selected historic buildings together with pupils from the 5th form of the Kreativitätsgrundschule Berlin-Friedrichshain primary school:

  • the New Synagogue,
  • the Berlin Cathedral,
  • the Babylon Ishtar Gate
  • and Walter Womacka's Mosaic on the Haus des Lehrers (House of the Teacher).

We will explore the significance of colours in different cultures and religions which is reflected in the design of the exterior and interior of these listed buildings. Our focus will be on the materials and colours of the bricks, glaze, roofing tiles and exterior reliefs, as well as the design of the interior space, ceiling vaults, wall paintings and windows.

The content discussion will be followed by an arts lesson where students will create large-scale paintings which can be used to either decorate the exterior facade or a wall or ceiling vault of a historic monument. They may also produce window paintings to decorate the recreated pavilion of the Gesundbrunnen mineral spring in the museum garden.

Additionally, we will show the students how to make paint themselves by simple means - using traditional recipes.

14 September 2014 - "Tag des Offenen Denkmals“

Guests are welcome from 1 p.m. on

2 p.m. - The highlight will be the ceremonious presentation of the paintings created in the Mitte Museum; in fine weather in the museum garden / Gesundbrunnen pavilion.

Project manager: Henriette Panik

Museum educators: Michael Mohr, Stefanie von Schröter, Oliver Goldacker

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