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"Frightful and beautiful: 'War memorials' on Berlin's major boulevard"

Three-day workshop for students on the occasion of the 2013 "Tag des Offenen Denkmals (German Heritage Day)" under the motto "Beyond the Good and the Beautiful: Disconcerting Monuments?"

Course / Programme:
Wed, 4 Sep, excursion to 'War memorials" Unter den Linden, Strasse des 17. Juni
Thu, 5 Sep + Fri, 6 Sep Information presentation, research, construction and design at the Mitte Museum
Sun 8 Sep, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. exhibition in the Gesundbrunnen pavilion in the museum garden

The Mitte Museum holds a workshop for youths from the 6th to 8th forms from 4 to 6 September. This is the contribution of Mitte Museum to the "Tage des Offenen Denkmals", organised by the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz (German Foundation for the Protection of Historical Monuments) and Land Memorial Offices. This year's motto "Beyond the Good and the Beautiful: Disconcerting Monuments?" is dedicated to monuments throughout Germany which are unsettling from a historical point of view or from a structural point of view.
Together with a Berlin school form, museum educators take a critical look at four selected monuments from different eras along the axis of the Strasse des 17. Juni/Unter den Linden. The monuments in focus are:
    the Victory Column (1855 - 1873)
    the Soviet War Memorial (1945 - 1946)
    the Brandenburg Gate (1789 - 1791)
    and the equestrian statue of Frederick the Great (1851)

The students examine the monuments from different historic points of view. Do the significance and meaningfulness of these monuments at the time of their creation correspond to the spirit of today's times? Which monuments are preserved and why? Who decides that? The youths then design their own monuments on the subject of war and peace, and build the models in order to exhibit them - as the highlight of the course - in the Gesundbrunnen pavilion of the museum garden.
(Concept & project management: cultural scientist and museum presenter Henriette Panik

On Sunday, 8 September, the Mitte Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free of charge.
Registration for the workshop:
Contact person: Michael Mohr
Tel. +49 30-4606019-12 / fax: +49 30-4606019-29 / e-mail:

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The workshop is sponsored by the "Denkmal an Berlin e.V." association which primarily campaigns to rouse the interest of Berlin's youth in historic buildings.

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