Digital Art Education

Parallel Realities: Virtual van de Velde


An innovative app is now available to visitors to the Henry van de Velde Museum in Villa Esche. With it, the museum can be explored in a new way: History and personal stories of the place can be experienced through augmented reality and interactive games. The architect Henry van de Velde and the Esche family guide visitors through the villa as avatars. Exciting games and quizzes await at 16 stations.

The project was supported by young people in the development process. The app is aimed at children and young people as well as all those who are young at heart. The app can be played alone, as a team or as a school class. Teachers also receive accompanying materials for their lessons. The project was funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as part of the dive in program.

Rental devices are available on site for use of the app. It can also be downloaded to your own smartphone (Android 9 and iOS 11). Simply come to Villa Esche, scan the QR code, download and start playing. Have fun!

Go to Google Playstore (Android)

Go to App Store (IOS)



Go on a journey with the former residents and the architect of the Villa Esche!

Henry van de Velde, Johanna (Hanni) Esche, Herbert Esche, Erdmute and Hans-Herbert Esche


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Inside the head of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff   

The app Im Kopf von Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (Inside the head of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff) gives children and young people as well as all those who are young at heart a new playful approach to the life and art of the important Chemnitz painter. The expressionist artist Karl Schmidt-Rottluff is one of the most famous children of the city of Chemnitz.

An interactive puzzle and learning tour leads the players through the life and work of the artist. They play through the different levels in chronological order, which have titles such as So Am I, More than Painting or A Dark Time. During the game, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff acts as a dialogue partner and poses riddles or points out tasks. In this way, you learn more about the artist’s eventful life and the historical circumstances under which his art was created.At the same time, they learn about different artistic techniques by trying them out: How do I mix colours correctly, how do I make a woodcut or a poster? What are the characteristics of Expressionism?The intermediate goals of the game are to reveal individual artworks by the artist step by step by solving puzzles and then to collect them in a gallery.

The app can be used in the museum, at home or at school.

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