Students enjoy German museum tour
Dr Sam Masters has recently returned from a 10-day museum tour to Germany. During the winter vacation Dr Masters took 12 students to visit antiquities collections and universities in Munich, Tübingen and Berlin. In Munich, the group was hosted by Prof. Rolf Michael Schneider of Ludwig Maximilians-Universität. The programme in Munich included a welcoming function attended by the Vice-Consul of South Africa for Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, Ms Ogaufi Masibi, and a visit to the marble workshop of classical archaeologist, Prof. Michael Pfanner. Students were also taken on tours of the magnificent collections of the Glyptothek and Antikensammlungen, where the group was given privileged access to the storage magazines. In the quaint university town of Tübingen the students were hospitably received by the International Office of the university and Prof. Herbert Niehr of the Katholisch- Theologische Fakultät. Highlights of the stay in Tübingen included an update on the excavations at Troy by Dr Stephan Blum of the Troia Project, and a tour of the university museum and the Insitute for Classical Archaeology by the director, Prof. Thomas Shafer. In Berlin the group was joined by colleagues of the Ancient Studies Department, Dr Sjarlene Thom and Dr Annemaré Kotzé. Guided visits to the Pergamon Museum, the Altes and Naues Museums and the cast collection at the Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik further introduced the students to a variety of artefacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Near East.
‘The goal’, says Sam Masters, ‘was for the students to see masterpieces that they would have encountered during the course of their studies and to learn more about them from leading German academics and curators. It is invaluable to actually see an artefact, to experience it “for real”.’ A fitting end to a successful tour was a day stopover in Istanbul on the way home where the group managed to see the Hagia Sophia, the site of the ancient hippodrome, the Basilica Cisterns and had a boat trip on the Bosphorus. The tour was made possible through funding by DAAD and the International Office’s Summer School Programme. More pictures from the tour are at http://stellenboschgermany2013.tumblr.com/.
Opening function at the Museum für Abgüsse Klassischer Bildwerke
In the studio of Prof. Michael Pfanner
Being guided through the Glyptothek, Munich
With Prof Niehr outside the entrance to the Schloss Hohentübingen
The group on the steps of the Altes Museum in Berlin