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Institute of Art History and Aesthetics

The study of Art History and Aesthetics at the IKW stands out from other degree programmes in that it forms an integral part of a broader University of Art structure, where aesthetic phenomena and models are subject to informed critique and positioned in relation to current practices in art and design. Although the focus on contemporary art is central, this is grounded in a solid foundation in the history of art and in a knowledge of the historical, systematic conditions that underpin the discipline.

Art History and Aesthetics at the HBK Braunschweig therefore sees itself as bridging the gap not only between theory and practice, but also between different temporal perspectives. We provide students with a thorough knowledge of the classical modern period, the nineteenth century and the Early Modern period, as well as of contemporary art. Teaching also includes modules in architecture and spatial theory, the philosophy of art from antiquity to the present day, sound art and the history of pictures in popular culture. Our research and teaching profile is characterised by this interplay between academic expertise, art, visual culture and design.

The Institute of Art History and Aesthetics administers the

Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree programmes in Art History and Aesthetics

Staff at the Institute (on the German website)


Institute Director

Michael Mönninger

Last amended by Office for Press and Communication, Desiree Schober on 10.12.2020


Building 01; Room 306

Corinna Jacobi
+49 (0) 531 391 9251

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Fridays 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.