Film still from <i>Der Rosenkönig</i> (1986) by Werner Schroeter. Photo: © Elfi Mikesch
Film still from Der Rosenkönig (1986) by Werner Schroeter. Photo: © Elfi Mikesch

By-Products of Love.
Elfi Mikesch
Rosa von Praunheim
Werner Schroeter

18 May — 12 Aug 2018

Exhibition, Films, Performances, Talks

Under the title By-Products of Love, the exhibition focuses on three artists who were bound together by an intense, life-long friendship: photographer and director Elfi Mikesch, filmmaker and activist Rosa von Praunheim and theatre, opera and film director Werner Schroeter (1945–2010). This exhibition is the first to contextualise the visual arts oeuvres of the three artists, using photographs, films, drawings, sound installations, texts, and documents to articulate and interweave the diverse aesthetic and biographical references they share.

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Graphics: Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Graphics: Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

The 10th Berlin Biennale is on view at the Akademie der Künste, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, the Volksbühne Pavilion, and the ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics. The exhibition at the Akademie's Hanseatenweg venue features a temporary structure that links historical and visual elements from two architectural heritage sites to one another historical figure: Sanssouci in Potsdam; Sans-Souci Palace in Milot, Haiti; and Haitian revolutionary leader, Colonel Jean-Baptiste Sans Souci.

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Adrian Piper, <i>Mauer</i>, 2010. Video installation: television monitors, videos with randomly programmed imagaes, fresh roses. Dimensions variable. Installation view: <i>Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965-2016</i>, Museum of Modern Art, New York, March-July 2018. Photo credit: courtesy Museum of Modern Art, New York. Collection Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin
Adrian Piper, Mauer, 2010. Video Installation: Fernsehmonitore, Videos mit zufällig programmierten Bildern, frische Rosen. Format variabel. Installationsansicht: Adrian Piper: "A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965-2016", Museum of Modern Art, New York, March-July 2018. Sammlung Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin. Katalognummer: IN2397.136. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2018. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florenz. © APRA Foundation Berlin

Adrian Piper is the recipient of this year's Käthe Kollwitz. With this award, the Akademie der Künste is honouring an international artist and analytical philosopher, who has profoundly influenced American conceptual art since the mid-1960s. Addressing subjects such as gender and race, Piper has expanded the spectrum of conceptual art and first-generation minimalism. The prize will be presented on 31 August at 7 pm. To coincide with the award ceremony, Akademie der Künste will curate an exhibition at Pariser Platz.

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Brecht-Weigel Gedenkstätte. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Brecht-Weigel Gedenkstätte. 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 Memorial Centre in Berlin-Mitte and the Anna Seghers Memorial Centre in Berlin-Adlershof are both part of the Akademie der Künste. No advance booking required.

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Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz: view of the Brandenburg Gate © Manfred Mayer
Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz: view of the Brandenburg Gate © Manfred Mayer

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 418 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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Blick in den Heartfield-Raum der Ausstellung „Film und Foto“, Stuttgart, 1929 © Akademie der Künste, Berlin, John-Heartfield-Archiv
4 May – 30 Sep
Exhibition

John-Heartfield-Haus
Schwarzer Weg 12
15377 Waldsieversdorf

100 Years Malik-Verlag

John Heartfield is recognised as a pioneer of political photomontage. Since the 2010 opening of the John-Heartfield-Haus in Waldsieversdorf, the Visual Arts Archives has been showing a permanent exhibition on the life and work of the artist. To mark the centennial anniversary of the Malik-Verlag, the presentation is enhanced with documents and photographs from the archives at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

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Dieter Appelt, notation No. 37, 2016 (detail)
Sunday, 12 Aug
Opening Event

11 am

Kurt Tucholsky Literaturmuseum
Schloss Rheinsberg
16831 Rheinsberg

Dieter Appelt – Vortex.
Für Marguerite Duras

Dieter Appelt, whose works are based on a photographic and cinematic way of thinking, repeatedly turned to drawings after studying music in Leipzig. His frequent metrically-structured drawings of recent years were created as individual notations, whose open arrangements of lines and dots nevertheless require a musical interpretation. The Sonar Quartett will perform his drawing No. 37 (2016) at the opening and will develop an improvisation based on the drawings that Appelt created for the walls of the exhibition. Exhibition opening with Hubertus von Amelunxen. In German.

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Dieter Appelt, notation No. 37, 2016 (detail)
12 Aug – 4 Nov
Exhibition

Kurt Tucholsky Literaturmuseum
Schloss Rheinsberg
16831 Rheinsberg

Dieter Appelt – Vortex.
Für Marguerite Duras

Dieter Appelt's frequent metrically-structured drawings of recent years were created as individual notations, whose open arrangements of lines and dots nevertheless require a musical interpretation. His concept of notation provided the initial spark for the eponymous exhibition at the Akademie. He uses it in novel ways to link his interaction with drawing, sequence and repetition, as well as in tribute to the French writer and filmmaker Marguerite Duras.

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Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2018: Adrian Piper 1. September – 14. October 2018 more