Experiencing Germanic Art from Medieval To Modern with MSOE

Where better to go on the winter quarter break than Munich, Germany to examine the city’s rich and plentiful history of art? Munich is one of the most vibrant art capitals in Europe hosting hundreds of exhibitions, from large museums to small galleries. The German Art History course at MSOE allows students the opportunity not only to learn about art in the classroom, but also to experience it up close and personal in one of the hottest art destinations on Earth.

Jasmine Wood (BE). Jaclyn McNulty (AE), and Cassidy Murphy (BE) pose in front of modern art in the Pinakothek Der Moderne art museum (2016)

After several weeks of in-class education on German art history, students travel to Munich to experience it up close and in person. Students will get to see art in every major period from the medieval era to modern art, all in four of Munich’s largest museums.

The Pinakothek der Moderne, for example, hosts large collections of modern art, as seen above. The Alte Pinakothek is one of the oldest galleries in the world and is known for its large number of Old Masters works. The Neue Pinakothek hosts one of the largest collections of 18th and 19th century art in the world. The fourth museum on the trip is the Lenbachhaus, which specializes in Expressionist art. These four museums are all part of the popular “Art area” or Kunstareal in Munich.

MSOE students pose for a photograph in front of Nymphenburg Palace (2015)

Munich doesn’t just have art museums, it also has many other historically and artistically important attractions. Students will also visit several churches and palaces featuring Baroque architecture and designs, such as the popular Nymphenburg Palace.

Phoebe Skowronski (BE) and Marissa Parent (MIS) pose for a photograph inside the main hall of Nymphenburg Palace (2015)

Nymphenburg Palace is one of the most famous sites in Munich. Each wing of the palace features hundreds of meters of baroque facades, with each wing a different period in time or artistic style. The grounds cover nearly 500 acres with beautiful vegetation and English fountains and waterways.

In between expeditions to the seven museums and palaces on the itinerary, students are free to explore the other museums and attractions in the area. One other interesting museum is the Deutsches Museum, one of the largest museums of science and technology in the world. Some notable features are the massive planetarium; the glass blowing workshop; and the innumerable amount of historical items on display, such as the world’s first computer.

While the language of art is universal, speech and writing are not. But don’t worry — the museum’s staff often speak English and guided tours and signs will have English available. But you won’t need the audio guides from the museums — MSOE faculty will perform tours for the group in most museums!

Ali Alsalim (EE) poses for a photograph with Dr. Eckhart Grohmann of the MSOE Board of Regents (2017)

The course is open to all majors at MSOE and will fulfill the standard three humanities credits. The trip takes place over winter break, usually right after Christmas lasting until classes resume. The total cost of the trip is about $2,000; with flight, board, and breakfasts included. There is a 25 student limit, so don’t delay when applications open.

Matthew Strok (CE) poses with a modern art exhibit in the Pinakothek der Moderne (2015)

For students, this trip is an exciting new cultural adventure and an excellent dive into the rich world of art. If you’re a current student, keep an eye on your email through the fall for registration sign-ups. You can also contact Dr. Patrick Jung for more information, or view more details online here.

If you’re a prospective student considering MSOE, know that this one of the many international opportunities we offer, including a year-long Lübeck program and many Global Brigades opportunities. Check out our Study Abroad page for a complete list of long-term and short-term study abroad opportunities.

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The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls
— Pablo Picasso
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