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Damascus and Aleppo - cities at risk

30.08.2012 to 02.12.2012

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.

Memories of al-Zawiya al-Hilaliya | Syrian Heritage Archive
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst
Anke Scharrahs about the Aleppo Room | Syrian Heritage Archive
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst
Post-Conflict Documentation of a historic neighbourhood (PDF, 37 MB)
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst
Timeline of Selected Historical Building Facades in Aleppo (PDF, 11 MB)
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Islamische Kunst

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Due to a technical issue, the lift is out of service until further notice, meaning the Museum für Islamische Kunst is not currently wheelchair accessible. The major architectural exhibits – such as the Processional Way, featuring the Ishtar Gate and the Market Gate of Miletus – are still accessible to people with mobility issues. 


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