Helga Paris, Photographer
8 Nov 2019 — 12 Jan 2020

Exhibition

With around 275 photographs, the exhibition of Helga Paris at the Akademie der Künste is the photographer's most comprehensive to date. With a background in modernist painting, theatre and poetry as well as early Soviet, Italian and French cinema, Paris has spent the last four and a half decades developing an extensive oeuvre of delicate, nuanced black-and-white photography. It is the first retrospective of Paris' work in Berlin in 25 years.

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Video still Western. Photo © Martina Wegener

all animals am I
13 Nov — 20 Dec 2019

Exhibition

The exhibition “all animals am I” currently showing at the Saarländische Galerie presents work by the Junge Akademie's Saarland Scholarship holders Cornelia Fachinger, Paulette Penje and Martina Wegener. All three artists are engaged in part in cooperative ventures with the Junge Akademie scholarship holders cylixe, Mirkan Deniz, Lynn Takeo Musiol and Niklas Seidl. Also on show is a new edition of an earlier work of art by Arnold Dreyblatt.

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© Heimann + Schwantes

Journal der Künste 11, with the following articles: Thoughts on a European alliance of the academies by Jeanine Meerapfel; Carte Blanche for Doris Dörrie; Kathrin Röggla on censorship and persecution in art; Heidi Specker on Helga Paris, as well as articles by Ramy Al-Asheq and Cemile Sahin from the JUNGE AKADEMIE. From the archive: a letter from Theodor Fontane to Carl Hauptmann as an artefact, and much more.

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Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

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 421 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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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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Anna Seghers Museum. Photo © Andeas Süß
Anna Seghers Museum. Photo © Andeas Süß

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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Helga Paris, Ramona, 1982. Photo © Helga Paris. Source: ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Sunday, 12 Jan
Closing Event

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Helga Paris, Photographer

The most comprehensive retrospective to date of the photographer Helga Paris covers around 20 years before and after 1989. Whether in her neighbourhood Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg or abroad, Helga Paris' photographs invite us to see the individual – beyond ideologisation and attribution. At the finissage on 12 Jan, the presentation of the photo book Helga Paris, Leipzig Hauptbahnhof 1981/82 as well as the award ceremony for the Cultural Prize (Kulturpreis) 2019 of the German Photographic Association (DGPh) to Helga Paris will take place.

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Winfried Brenne. Photo © Inge Zimmermann
Tuesday, 14 Jan
Lecture and Discussion

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Winfried Brenne and Thomas Auer

Berlin architect Winfried Brenne explains the Eco City – International Campus Wünsdorf project with its initiator Ekhart Hahn. It sees itself as a concrete step towards a fundamental reorientation of urban development. Afterwards, Akademie members Winfried Brenne and Thomas Auer will discuss the project with Ekhart Hahn. Part of the series “On the Duty and the Power of Architecture”.

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Volker Koepp and cameraman Christian Lehmann. Photo © Michael Löwenberg
Tuesday, 14 Jan
Book Presentation

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Unter hohen Himmeln.
Das Universum Volker Koepp

The publication Unter hohen Himmeln. Das Universum Volker Koepp by Grit Lemke, gathers conversations with and about the documentary filmmaker Volker Koepp. The motivic interweaving of his films, influences of literature and his working practice are examined. In his films, he tells of landscapes and people, mostly east of the Elbe, whereby he understands landscape both as a natural and historical space.

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Heiner Müller and Ginka Cholakova, New York, October 1975. Photo: Akademie der Künste, Heiner Müller Archive
Friday, 17 Jan
Symposium

3 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Heiner Müller’s discovery of America 1975/76–1978

Heiner Müller travelled the American continent with Ginka Cholakova in 1975/76, and again in 1978, visiting Texas, the West Coast, the South, Mexico and Puerto Rico. His observations of American society are reflected in a variety of texts; impressions of inequality and violence as well as the overwhelming experience of the landscape became material that shaped his dramatic language. The symposium examines the topicality of Müller’s view of America. Robert Wilson starts by reporting on their collaboration, which began with The Civil Wars in 1984 and Hamletmachine in 1986.

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Heiner Müller and Ginka Cholakova, New York, October 1975. Photo: Akademie der Künste, Heiner Müller Archive
Saturday, 18 Jan
Symposium

2 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Heiner Müller’s discovery of America 1975/76–1978

Invited as a writer-in-residence by The University of Texas at Austin, Heiner Müller travelled the American continent with Ginka Cholakova in 1975/76, and again in 1978. Artistic impulses from his travels were the beginning of Heiner Müller's later worldwide success. With reports, films, readings and conversations, the symposium traces the chronology of these journeys while at the same time allowing for a new voyage of discovery into the interior of the work. In doing so, it examines the topicality of Müller’s view of America.

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Maja Ratkje. Photo © Ellen Lande Gossner
Sunday, 19 Jan
Concert

5 pm

Hanseatenweg

Halle 2

Ultraschall Berlin.
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin und Maja Ratkje

The concert for one or more soloists and an orchestra is a genre that renews itself time and time again and from which composers constantly gain new facets. The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin presents three very different types of “concert” at the 2020 Ultraschall festival. For composer and vocal virtuoso Maja Ratkje, who has been a member of the Akademie since 2017, it is about nothing less than “changing the world”. In addition: world premieres of Marko Nikodijević and Gordon Kampe and a work by Francesca Verunelli.

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Photo © Gernot Krämer
Tuesday, 21 Jan
Reading and Discussion

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

The Long Shadow of the Middle of the Century.
An Evening for Tomas Venclova

The shadow cast by the middle of the last century has preoccupied the great Lithuanian poet Tomas Venclova throughout his life: “To the same extent that history was nightmarish, literature was great. The only realities in this unreal time were the murdered writers.” Venclova talks to Ellen Hinsey and Durs Grünbein about the consolation of poetry in dark times, the misery of exile and his contribution to the current issue of Sinn und Form. Moderation Matthias Weichelt.

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© Arnold Dreyblatt
1 Oct – 30 Dec
Multimedia Installation

Arnold Dreyblatt: REPERTOIRE

Arnold Dreyblatt's multimedia installation REPERTOIRE (2016) is based on the history of the Akademie der Künste: data related to some 2,500 members since the institution's founding in 1696. Dreyblatt innovatively restructures this information to emphasize the international community of artists who have always contributed to further developing the art of their times.

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