The TOOLKIT – Art Against Violence

The TOOLKIT – Art against violence has been created for students and teachers alike. Its goal is to conquer the issue of violence, autonomously.

Among the collections of the Museums of Strasbourg, 36 works have been chosen. These artworks span across various media, and they have been hand-picked in order to discuss six specific issues, each summed up by a single word: Brutality, Weapons, Oppression, Pain, Ruin and Fear. These activities will encourage the students to sharpen their critical thinking skills and develop their creativity and sensitivity.

The toolkit offers two educational features: the museum labels and the close-ups.

It can be downloaded (double-sided and on a A4 format) in French or English! Click below.




Des Maux, De Musees, Des Mots in Strasbourg 2017-2018


« Des maux, des musées, des mots »

Strasbourg  2017 – 2018

For the fourth year, the Educational Service of the Museums of Strasbourg and the Hans Arp Secondary School (Strasbourg, Elsau neighborhood) participated in the “Curating a Culture of Respect” program.

During the first semester, the 8th grade students went to the Tomi Ungerer Museum and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Strasbourg (MAMCS), to think about the issue “Art and Conflict” and discover new works.

Back in class, the pupils expressed through drawing their feelings about the works exhibited in the museums and described their experiences. The students also collaborated on more complex works, using different mediums and techniques such as painting, collage or photography. These works challenge the viewer and talk about violence, its effects, and ways to overcome it. For example, a photo-novel tells the story of three young girls whose friendship is challenged by the arrival of a new boy.



The students also wrote letters to their American counterparts. They introduced themselves, talked about their passions and told them about their visits.

During the second semester, a new phase of the project began. Another class decorated a mobile booth – a cabin on wheels called “la cabin à paroles”– literally the “talk booth”. They created an “Eslau Voice” logo inspired by the forms of the artist Hans Arp and painted words echoing their visits in the museums. The “Elsau Voice” logo was also printed on t-shirts!


The project took the form of an ethnographic inquiry. The students met the residents of the Elsau neighborhood in order to collect their impressions and memories. Two postgraduate students, one in ethnology, the other in journalism, helped them to develop a questionnaire and to complete these interviews successfully. The mobile booth was used to signal a place of exchange and accommodate the inhabitants. The ethnographic inquiry was also turned into an artistic performance. The cabin was an allusion to the work of artist James Lee Byars and his “smiles cabin”, exhibited in the MAMCS in 2004.

The first interview session took place on Monday, May 28 with nearly 10 students, alongside with their teachers, members of the Educational Service and the two postgraduate students. Although intimidated at first, the pupils managed to talk with the inhabitants of the neighborhood who willingly answered the questions.



On June 6th, another part of the class went to meet the residents. Once again, interviewees responded to the questions heartily, and the students were able to learn more about the history and evolution of their neighborhood. All of these exchanges were recorded by Luc Leroy and Alexandre Alves, sound engineers of the web radio ODC, to make an audio report.



To end the 2017-2018 edition of the “Curating a Culture of Respect” program, the students and their teachers went to the MAMCS to listen to the audio report and see their works, exhibited on this special occasion in the museum. The teachers and the students were very proud of the result.



Then the pupils continued their interviews by asking visitors and museum employees questions about the Elsau district, the museum itself, its architecture and the works on display.


They also took a guided tour of one of the exhibitions at the museum called ExpériMAMCS, which explains, in a playful yet pertinent way, the life of works of art in a museum.






After their second visit in the museums of Strasbourg, the pupils had the opportunity to work with an illustrator. They were invited to draw a new vision of what they saw at the museum. They suggest a world changed thanks to art, echoing the beginning of the school year question “Can art change the world?”

Fine Arts Museum

“All lives matter”, Students drew the portrait of one another, of the elders who joined them for the visit and of some famous civil rights activists. They all share the same picture and become a protection for the civil rights of all.

Modern and Contemporary Art Museum

Imagine the museum of your dreams. A museum where there is a swimming-pool, where visitors can tag the walls or stand on the pedestals of the statues.

Historical Museum

Draw the symbols of the French Republic and modernize them. “Marianne” this bust present on the stamps and in every official buildings has become much cooler!

Museum Oeuvre Notre Dame

Iinspired by the first drawings of the Cathedral of Strasbourg, dating from the 12th century and revealed to the public for the first time this year, the students created their dream towers and spires.

L’Aubette 1928

Imagine this place in the future, what do you think the future will be like?

Museum of Decorative Arts

What does power mean? What are the symbols of power? The students re-thought the symbols and use of power.



Fashion Day

When the students arrived at Hans Arp school on Thursday 15th September, they discovered a strange fashion show: all the staff members were wearing the same tee-shirt.

img_4004The question “WHY?” was on everybody’s lips. Part of the answer was to be found with the question inscribed on the tee-shirt “Can art change the world?”.

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And to answer this last question, the pupils visited the Tomi Ungerer museum a few days later and discovered how an artist tackles this question.


College Hans Arp visits the Tomi Ungerer Museum on September 15, 2015

On September 15, the fourth of six classes of Hans Arp College visited the Tomi Ungerer Museum, one after another on September 15 2015. Martine Debaene, cultural mediator, welcomed them. When introduced, he presented three important works to demonstrate the strong commitment of Tomi Ungerer with respect to social issues: political posters and two bonding … drawing he made ​​for us and our program, museums, words. Then the students went in search of the children’s books where the artist also make work.

Une des 6 classes de 4e du Collège Hans Arp lors de leur visite au Musée Tomi Ungerer le 15 septembre, 2015

One of the six classes of the College Hans Arp during their visit to the Museum of Tomi Ungerer on September 15, 2015

Groupe d'élèves devant les dessins pour FLIX

A group looking at the original designs


3 Tomi Ungerer works presented during the introduction:

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Tomi Ungerer, Eat, 1967

Reproduction offset, 68×53 cm

2015 © Tomi Ungerer/Musées de Strasbourg, Crédit photo Musées de Strasbourg


Freedom strength

Eat (“Eat”) is part of a series of posters against the Vietnam War, commissioned by the American University of Columbia, in 1967. Judged too violent, these posters are denied. Ungerer, pacifist, publishes in September with his own money. “Eat” is one of the best known, it represents an Asian swallowing force the Statue of Liberty, symbol of America. Here the symbol of freedom changes nature to become an instrument of torture and it is in this sense of movement as Tomi Ungerer is extremely critical and lucid. The instrumentalization by political ideals in a game of power is denounced here.

This poster is also a desire to return to the hegemony of the United States in a conflict between the blocks of the east and west in a territory that is not theirs. The third world war is avoided but conflicts persist distance between the pro-communist and pro-American. Tomi will Kubrick poster Dr Strangelove proposals where the finger is placed on the red button on the atomic bomb.

The color palette is reduced to intensify the dramatic side: white for America, yellow for Asia, red lettering blood for the war and black for the dark side of any conflict.


Tomi Ungerer, Black Power, White Power, 1967 Affiche, reproduction offset, 490 x 710 mm 2015 © Tomi Ungerer/Musées de Strasbourg, Crédit photo Musées de Strasbourg

Tomi Ungerer, Black Power/White Power, 1967
Poster, reproduction offset, 490 x 710 mm

2015 © Tomi Ungerer/Musées de Strasbourg, Crédit photo Musées de Strasbourg


Power white or black … Is that the right question?

Poster Black Power / White Power has become one of the most famous images of political and satirical cartoonist. Originally designed for the cover of New York magazine Monocle, it was then published as d000’affiche form.
On the very hot topic in the sixties of racial segregationist, Ungerer boldly raises the question of the responsibility of each side representing a black man and a white man placed upside down like a playing card and which company devour. The use of brown contrasted with the white and black and the simplified graphics accentuate the dramatization of the scene.

In this image all racist stereotypes are present: the black has large white teeth, a nice butt nice round, very long legs and thin (poverty, race) a bump on the shoulder as if centuries of slavery the had vaulted; white long nose, a bounced belly, little hair. Brown background and refers to those who have been called chocolate or cocoa, from the blending and kind of silent and formless mass in the background.

Black Power slogan refers to the Black Panthers, the peace movement at the origin but which becomes an extremist movement calling for armed struggle. The White Power slogan is that of the Klu Klux Klan, a racist and fascist movement deeply rooted in the southern United States, for which the life of a Black is worthless.

In 1967, all the pacifist struggles for equality were fought and won in terms of laws but renewed violence leads people to oppose. A swastika arm appears represented in the leg of the characters as a reference in contemporary history that the hatred of the other can cause. Without dialogue, everyone thinks only devour the other.



Tomi Ungerer, Untitled, 2014

Crayon and color ink wash and collage on paper, 42 x 29 cm.

2015 © Tomi Ungerer/Musées de Strasbourg, Crédit photo Musées de Strasbourg

Exploding with anger.

According to the artist, the girl depicted in the drawing-collage he made for “Evils, museums words / curating a Culture of Respect” is shouting very loudly. She is so angry that she broke.

His message?

Violence leads nowhere. Neither the victims, nor for the oppressors.

Other messages? May be that of isolation, that of the person who is in a situation of harassment or subjected to violence. The idea of ​​the broken mirror can thus represent a broken identity.

It is interesting to note that “our” drawing it uses the same plastic means that the two posters. They consist of a limited number of figures drawn in a very simplified way with a limited number of colors also here with the black and white there is only a red stain, concentrated on the mouth of the girl, at the center of ‘image. But for this drawing, Tomi uses the collage technique: the young girl drawn on white paper is literally cut. She is stuck exploded against a black background which gives even more force to his drawing.



1st visit Musée de L'oeuvre Notre-Dame

The Museum Oeuvre Notre Dame


It presents the art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in the Upper Rhine region. The statuary of the cathedral of Strasbourg, paintings, sculptures, stained glass, silverware, furniture and a Gothic garden are collections of this museum atmosphere. A first visit of the Museum of Notre Dame work: writing workshops In front of Each of the works covered, a writing exercise with forced Many Individuals allowed to Each student has first-have personal approach to the work. The pooling of different answers Each Time Was the starting points of discussion.

Work 1

Deacon rood screen Strasbourg Cathedral Sandstone in 1250, the round H: 149 cm This young deacon Does not hold a book His Hands … There is something else … Write constraint: In his hands, this young man holds Perhaps Stone … or maybe … or maybe … List all que le might statue

Carefully grip n In His Hands

Work 2

The Tempter South portal of the western façade of the cathedral 1280-1300 Towards Sandstone, traces of polychrome H. 160-170 cm Here is The Beginning of sentences says the statue (Inspiration: Stephanie Schneider, workshops expressions, access editions, 2010): I am … One day, I … One day, I Was Told I forgot … that … I have … I do not have … I wait … I would like …


Works 3

13th century. North Portal, façade of Strasbourg Cathedral Sandstone Constrained writing: Maybe She Was turned to stone because … List what petrify Could the woman and turn into a statue.


Work 4

Lovers dead, Swabia around 1470, oil on panel Collective poetic play What for? …

Because …


1st visit to the Musée Alsacien

The Alsatian Museum


The Alsatian Museum seen from the Quai Saint-Nicolas

The courtyard of Alsatian Museum

The collections of the Museum occupy three old Alsatian

Strasbourg houses

(23 to 25 Quai Saint-Nicolas) and present through objects and sets the lives of wealthy rural families Alsatian the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.



A tour through the museum told to evoke the rural society of the nineteenth century in Alsace and highlight – without trial – situations that generate violence.

social Communitarismes

Life in the countryside, which was Catholic, Protestant or Jewish (the three religions Concordat) was held in the village, in a rich farm than Wolfisheim or more modest. Some farms were richly decorated and it was not uncommon for a decorative motif or inscription makes direct reference to religion from its owners. As for the Muslim community is not represented in the museum collections Alsace since it was formed until 1950.


Scale model of a farm Wolfisheim 1814

Wall decorated with a firm Issenhausen

When a girl is married, she usually married a young man who lived in the same town, had the same social level and the same religion it. The great moments of marriage took place in the beautiful dining-living of the house, part that Alsatian named Stub. At the time, marriages between young people of different religions were rare and very unpopular. One was talking between coreligionists, with a consequent lack of knowledge of different religious communities, hence the existence of many prejudices.


Stube Wintzenheim 1810

If the sumptuary laws (marking the social level through many behaviors which vestimentation) disappear at the end of the eighteenth century, religious differentiation is still fresh in the Alsatian costume nineteenth century. A young Protestant girl (green skirt, purple) is very different from a Catholic girl (red skirt) and they do not frequented in the small villages.


Charles Emrich, catholic and Peasant Kochersberg Kochersberg Protestant peasant, 1830
religious Communitarismes

Birth-christening-circumcision legends

Christian baptism

Childbirth was once held in the house where the woman in labor was assisted by a midwife same religion it.


Circumcision, Torah scrolls rolled a mappa, deposit SHIAL
Protective amulet given birth to Jewish, deposit SHIAL

1st visit to Musée des Beaux-Arts


MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS The museum presents a panorama of the history of painting in Europe Italian and Flemish primitives to 1870

First visit of the Museum of Fine Arts

Artwork 1

Veronese, Cephalus and Procris, 1580, Oil on canvas
Violence in mythological and biblical stories
The feelings / emotions that we do not control: jealousy, fear, anger
What jealousy => fear, lack of confidence in yourself and the other
The passions too violent emotions and sometimes difficult to manage, which can lead to violence
The table tells the story of a couple, Cephalus and Procris, which are very amoureux.Tous Céphale days from the hunt and Procris is concerned that in the forest it finds another femme.Elle is jealous! To have the heart net, one day she decides to follow him without being seen. During the chase, Procris hides behind a bush of which it is unintentionally move the feuillage.Pensant it is an animal, Cephalus throws his spear into the bush and injures his wife mortally!
Artwork 2

Giuseppe Maria Crespi, Christ fallen under the cross, around 1735,

Oil on wood

• A man abused … how do you see? How the painter he shows us his suffering?
• What did he have done to suffer such violence?
• This man is the Christ.Représenté swollen face during his Passion, he is here accompanied by one of his executioners seems to revel in the suffering it inflicts. Few painters have figured Christ in such suffering of his body. A pain he shares with us his look.

Artwork 3 et 4

Jean-Frédéric Schall, Maternal Fright
Towards 1798Huile wood and oil on canvas
The feelings / emotions that we do not control: jealousy, fear, anger
The choices made and their consequences … … write the rest of the story (What are the consequences of violence and how things right? …

When possible ?)
• A couple is facing a terrifying spectacle in their bedroom, the bed of their baby was overthrown and their dog has the mouth

Thinking that the animal attacked the child, the father does not seek more

explanations and beat the dog to death … He will realize too late that the poor animal was innocent. The dog had protected the child against the attack of a snake. It is the blood of the reptile he had in the mouth!

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