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Thu 30 August - Sun 2 December 2012
Hand-drawn pictures from the perspective of the pedestrian and two large drawings from a bird's eye view made by engineer Ludwig Krause (born in 1941), who worked in Aleppo and Damascus in 2009 on behalf of the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (German Technical Cooperation, GTZ), today part of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ). Ludwig Krause has spent many years working in town planning, most recently as the national director of the Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung (German Academy for Urban and Regional Planning, DASL). His two large views show Damascus and Aleppo from a surprising and fascinating perspective, with streets and houses drawn from above in great detail.
His freehand drawings capture the houses and scenes on the street with a loving eye. In the light of current developments in Syria, they remind us of the destruction of everyday, cultural beauty that is taking place alongside the tragic losses suffered by the cities' inhabitants.
The curator of the exhibition is Gisela Helmecke.
Museum für Islamische Kunst