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International Classes in the Museum

The program of international classes at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is directed toward secondary school students. Many young people whose language abilities do not allow them to participate in regular classes have lived for only a short time in Germany. Through discussions carried out in front of works of art and through creative praxis, they will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the institution of the museum and its contents in a self-determined and activity-oriented way.

These offerings are a component of the research project museum global, through which the Kunstsammlung responds to the impact of globalization. Investigated against the background of a changing society will be the methods of presentation and communication/education of classical modernism. In keeping with the project's orientation, the program does not serve to promote the Western canon upon which the collection is based. Relevant instead exclusively are works of art selected by the young people themselves. The intention of the conception is for students to perceive their own strengths and to orient themselves toward guiding questions that position personal development at the center of concern. Among other things, the aim is to gain familiarity with the interests and orientations of the students as well as to mirror their questions and suggestions in the institution. An important instrument in this context is offered by the symbolic "speech balloons" which students will fill with their questions and commentary. These will be collected, discussed, and exhibited at the Kunstsammlung, thereby making their voices visible to the museum public.

The program encompasses 10 workshops lasting 120 minutes each. The first workshop will take place at the school, and all others in the museum. In the school, museum pedagogues and students exchange roles: the young people will act as local "guides," providing insights into their daily educational experience. The program will conclude with a meeting in the museum, to which students from a partner class at the same school will be invited, with the original student participants taking on the role of art educators. A variety of methods will be applied in the course of the 10 workshops, from drawing and painting to two- and three-dimensional collage, and all the way to the monotype and digital media design. Artistic praxis will be implemented both individually and in group activities, allowing students to develop individually, but also requiring team cooperation and collective decision-making.


Further information

The programme is offered in cooperation with the Department for Social Security and Integration, Municipal Office for Integration and Education of the state capital Düsseldorf. The offer is free for participating school classes. It is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of Family Affairs, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Project management
Julia Hagenberg, Head of Education

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