Das Zeichenhafte by Mark Lammert. Photo © Mark Lammert
Das Zeichenhafte by Mark Lammert. Photo © Mark Lammert

“Wo kommen wir hin”.
An Artistic Research Laboratory at the
Akademie der Künste

21 Mar – 2 Jun 2019

Installations, Performances, Talks

Everyone is talking about an opening up of artistic disciplines. But how do contemporary artistic concepts actually relate to one another? Strategies of artistic action continually evolve and redefine themselves: through musical composition, writing, audio and conceptual art, the design of space and stages, as well as by questioning the individual and social issues. Giving space to these different approaches in an experimental setup is the premise and starting point of “Wo kommen wir hin”.

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Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz, Reading Room. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz, Reading Room. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

Open Archives
5 May 2019

Exhibition and Events

The Archives of the Akademie der Künste are opening their doors, providing an unusual, behind-the-scenes look at art archives. The building can be seen from top to bottom; from storage spaces to the reading room – with its stunning view overlooking Brandenburg Gate – to the roof terrace. Programme with guided tours, lectures, readings, children's programme and fashion show. "Erlesene Bibliotheken – Artists' Libraries" opens the same day.

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Mirkan Deniz, 95 years Treaty of Lausanne Château d'Ouchy, film still, 2018 © Mirkan Deniz
Mirkan Deniz, 95 years Treaty of Lausanne Château d'Ouchy, film still, 2018 © Mirkan Deniz

JUNGE AKADEMIE
AGORA ARTES

5 May – 11 May 2019

Exhibition

As the final presentations of their 2018 fellowships, 15 international artists from all six sections of the Akademie participate in AGORA ARTES with select works. Diverse media and experimental approaches illustrate the variety of the artistic positions promoted. These include interactive installations, performances, video, literature and composition. Exhibition opening with performances and concerts: 4 May, 6:30 pm.

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Eileen Gray – E.1027. Master Bedroom. 1:1 installation, Akademie der Künste, 2019. Photo © Andreas FranzXaver Süß
Eileen Gray – E.1027. Master Bedroom. 1:1 installation, Akademie der Künste, 2019. Photo © Andreas FranzXaver Süß

Eileen Gray – E.1027
Master Bedroom

12 Apr – 10 Jun 2019

Installation

In her first work, the E.1027 house, which she built from 1926–1929 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Mediterranean Sea, Eileen Gray (1878–1976) designed almost every element herself. The walk-in installation of the bedroom in the passage of the Akademie building at Pariser Platz provides a direct visualisation of the architectural design by an unjustly neglected pioneer of modernism. The bedroom was reconstructed at Austin School of Architecture at the University of Texas.

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Roof terrace of the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß
Roof terrace of the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß

The Akademie der Künste in Berlin is one of the oldest cultural institutes in Europe. It is an international community of artists that currently totals 413 members in its six Sections (Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts). The Akademie is an exhibition and event location. A key component of the  Akademie are its archives, which collectively form one of the most important interdisciplinary archives on 20th century art.

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Brecht-Weigel Museum. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Brecht-Weigel Museum. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

Bertolt Brecht's study, Helene Weigel's conservatory, Anna Seghers' "crow's nest" – regular tours offer visitors a fascinating insight into the homes and studies of the writer Anna Seghers, actress and theatre director Helene Weigel and the writer Bertolt Brecht. The Brecht-Weigel Museum in Berlin-Mitte and the Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof are both part of the Akademie der Künste. No advance booking required.

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Photo: Records from the Prussian Academy of Arts © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2016
Photo: Records from the Prussian Academy of Arts © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, 2016

The Archives at the Akademie der Künste may be used free of charge for scholarly, private, or press research. Since December 2015, the Archives Database offers a regularly updated online digital research tool. The database contains information on all of the collections in the Archives, which comprise around 1,020,000 archival materials as well as approximately 462,000 analogue and digital copies of archival materials.

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Kathrin Röggla. Photo © Marcus Lieberenz
Thursday, 25 Apr
Radio Play and Discussion

7 pm

Wo kommen wir hin Kathrin Röggla: Geschäftsführersitzung

Geschäftsführersitzung is the first joint work by Oliver Sturm and Kathrin Röggla. In the grotesquely comical radio play, the dissolution of a managerial meeting at a large institution after the election of an authoritarian politician descends into farce – it shows how speaking and not speaking can overlap perfidiously. It is not by chance that the Akademie is chosen as the venue for this event. Followed by talks with Kathrin Röggla, Oliver Sturm, Thomas R. Henschel and guests. In German.

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Screenshot from the movie Stalker. Photo © trigon-film.org
Friday, 26 Apr
Symposium

5 pm

Stalker – Film and State of Emergency

When Andrei Tarkovsky's film Stalker premiered 40 years ago, he triggered long-lasting repercussions, especially in relation to the dystopian mood as well as his aesthetic radicalism. During a two-day symposium, his reverberations right up to the present day will be examined. The focal points are how this work has been received by creators of film and art of different generations from East and West. Day 1 with Natascha Drubek, Norbert Franz, Ulrich Gregor, Ulrich Polster, Andrei Plakhov and Jule Reuter. In German.

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Eileen Gray – E.1027. Master Bedroom. 1:1 installation, Akademie der Künste, 2019. Photo © Andreas FranzXaver Süß
Friday, 26 Apr
Curator's Tour

6 pm

Pariser Platz

Foyer/Passage

Eileen Gray – E.1027
Master Bedroom

In her first work, the E.1027 house, which she built from 1926–1929 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Mediterranean Sea, Eileen Gray (1878–1976) designed almost every element herself. The walk-in installation of the bedroom in the passage of the Akademie building at Pariser Platz provides a direct visualisation of the architectural design by an unjustly neglected pioneer of modernism. Curator's tour with Wilfried Wang. In German.

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Screenshot from the movie The Return. Source: Intercinema
Saturday, 27 Apr
Symposium

5 pm

Stalker – Film and State of Emergency

When Andrei Tarkovsky's film Stalker premiered 40 years ago, he triggered long-lasting repercussions, especially in relation to the dystopian mood as well as his aesthetic radicalism. During a two-day symposium, his reverberations right up to the present day will be examined. The focal points are how this work has been received by creators of film and art of different generations from East and West. Day 2 with Jonas Hansen, Via Lewandowsky, Claus Löser, Helke Misselwitz, Andrei Plakhov, Ulrich Polster and Felicitas Sonvilla. In German.

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Front of GRIPS Theater. Mosaic by Rainer Hachfeld. Photo © Jan Schenck
Sunday, 28 Apr
Archive Opening

11 am

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

50 Years of Future

GRIPS Theater is turning 50! This marks the 50-year struggle for the rights of children, always fuelled by a belief that the world can be changed and that a young audience needs to be made stronger today for tomorrow. It's plenty of reason to celebrate an anniversary book and the Akademie's acquisition of the GRIPS archives. Archive opening and book presentation with Werner Heegewaldt, Philipp Harpain, Volker Ludwig, Rüdiger Schaper, Ilona Schulz and the Millibillies, et al. In German.

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Eileen Gray – E.1027. Master Bedroom. 1:1 installation, Akademie der Künste, 2019. Photo © Andreas FranzXaver Süß
Sunday, 28 Apr
Curator's Tour

12 pm

Pariser Platz

Foyer/Passage

Eileen Gray – E.1027
Master Bedroom

In her first work, the E.1027 house, which she built from 1926–1929 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Mediterranean Sea, Eileen Gray (1878–1976) designed almost every element herself. The walk-in installation of the bedroom in the passage of the Akademie building at Pariser Platz provides a direct visualisation of the architectural design by an unjustly neglected pioneer of modernism. Curator's tour with Wilfried Wang. In German.

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"Zukunftsbilder" workshop, in preparation of the exhibition "Karin Sander: Telling Art and Futures – Die Dialektik des Utopischen", 27.10.2018. Photo © Dana Giesecke
Sunday, 28 Apr
Concert

8 pm

Hanseatenweg

Halle 3

Wo kommen wir hin. Music for Future Images

An obstinate canon, live voices and a listening image singing the world after the end of the world, sound as behavioural mirror, the melodies of taking pictures, and an electric bass ensemble playing sculptures that have not yet been produced. Compiled by Augustin Maurs. The concert is part of "Wo kommen wir hin". With Annika Larsson, Yutaka Makino, Augustin Maurs, Angela Bulloch, the Berlin Bass Ensemble et al.

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"Zukunftsbilder" workshop, in preparation of the exhibition "Karin Sander: Telling Art and Futures – Die Dialektik des Utopischen", 27.10.2018. Photo © Dana Giesecke
30 Apr – 2 Jun
Exhibition and Events

Hanseatenweg

Halle 3

Wo kommen wir hin. Karin Sander: Telling Art and Futures – Die Dialektik des Utopischen

The utopian is at the centre of the exhibition project by concept artist Karin Sander. There is a lot of unfulfilled future in the past, and visions of the future grow on the layers of the past. In the process, scientific and artistic classifications cross over, taking on new and unexpected roles.

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Draft for Die Farben, Walter Benjamin Archiv 370/3 © Hamburger Stiftung zur Förderung von Wissenschaft und Kultur
Tuesday, 30 Apr
Book Presentation

8 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Benjamin’s “Berliner Kindheit”. A New Release in the Critical Benjamin Edition

Walter Benjamin's famous prose miniatures, written from 1932 to 1938, are among the key texts of the modern era. The new edition brings all of the surviving pieces, drafts and notes on the book about his childhood together for the first time, facilitating an exact contextualisation and enabling a precise understanding of Benjamin's writings. Book presentation with Friedrich Forssman, Christoph Gawenda, Jan Philipp Reemtsma, Monika Rinck and Nadine Werner. In German.

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