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Innovative teaching formats, pilot projects


Research-based learning plays a key role at our Chair. Formats include archive seminars, edition seminars, project seminars (exhibitions), project days, excursions, and slams, which together provide a comprehensive experience of research phases, from the formulation of questions to the professional communication of results. 

Project seminars

The life of images (SoSe 2014)


Held in the summer semester 2014, the project seminar “The life of images” offered students a space to investigate provenance research and the invisible antecedents of selected artworks at the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin.

Museum visions (SoSe 2014 - WiSe 2015)


A number of original designs from the architectural competition “Öffentliche Concurrenz wegen Bebauung der Museumsinsel in Berlin” (“Public Competition for Development of the Museumsinsel in Berlin”), which was advertised in 1883, are kept at the Technische Universität Berlin’s Museum of Architecture. The “Museum visions” project aims to analyze this architectural competition in depth.


Berlin’s Museumsinsel (WiSe 2010 - SoSe 2012)


This project was triggered by the realization that the voices of museum visitors are seldom considered in historical museum research. We were keen to gather historical accounts from international visitors to the Museumsinsel in Berlin in the form of an anthology.

Museum history (WiSe 2009 - SoSe 2010)


Held from 2009-2010, this publication seminar aimed to use translations and contextualizing commentaries to make key international texts on museum history accessible to a wide audience.

Helmina von Chézy (WiSe 2007 - SoSe 2009)


This edition project was about re-editing and commenting on the most important German-language source on cultural life in Paris at the turn of the 19th century.

Temples of art (WiSe 2004 - SoSe 2006)


This project was about correcting a commonly accepted historical construct: That public museums were a product of the French Revolution.


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