Hito Steyerl. Abstract, 2012 (Detail). Two channel HD video with sound. 7:30 min. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019. Film still: © Hito Steyerl. Courtesy: the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin
Hito Steyerl. Abstract, 2012 (Detail). Two channel HD video with sound. 7:30 min. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019. Film still: © Hito Steyerl. Courtesy: the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin

Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2019: Hito Steyerl
21 Feb — 14 Apr 2019

Exhibition

Hito Steyerl is to receive the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2019. With this award, the Akademie honours an international artist, whose special interest lies in the media, technology and the dissemination of images. Her work includes texts, performances, multimedia installations and essayistic documentaries, in which she addresses post-colonial criticism, feminist representation logic and the influences of globalisation. On the occasion of the award ceremony, the Akademie will be showing an exhibition at Pariser Platz.

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Cymatics. Photo: Caspar Johannes Walter
Cymatics. Photo: Caspar Johannes Walter

Beethoven Laboratory 2020
Plattform Berlin 2019

24 Feb 2019

Concert and Discussion

Since 2017, the Beethoven Laboratory 2020, initiated by the Akademie der Künste, has offered a team of young composers from Tel Aviv, Basel and Thessaloniki an open forum to develop their own visions beyond the established canon. Halfway to the final Festival 2020, the Beethoven Laboratory now presents sound installations and new works that they have developed together in Berlin, and invites the public to share the experience of this research process with them.

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Hand study Wigman-Schule Dresden, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Mary-Wigman-Archiv_392, photo: Ursula Richter
Hand study Wigman-Schule Dresden, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Mary-Wigman-Archiv_392, photo: Ursula Richter

From 24 August to 21 September 2019, the Akademie der Künste is planning a performative exhibition on the topicality of dance heritage under the title "The Century of Dance". The starting point for the project is a master class for international students, who will address modern dance both in practice and theory in lectures, talks and performances. The master class will be accompanied with an overall programme of performances and debates. Students and alumni from international dance courses can apply by 15 April 2019.

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Picture Cellar, in the foreground mural by Harald Metzkes and Manfred Böttcher © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: Andreas FranzXaver Süß
Picture Cellar, in the foreground mural by Harald Metzkes and Manfred Böttcher © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: Andreas FranzXaver Süß

Picture Cellar
3 Oct 2018 — 28 Apr 2019

Exhibition

A series of murals, which were created in 1957 and 1958 for two Faschingsfeste (Carnival events), have been preserved in the former coal cellars of the Akademie building on Pariser Platz. Painted by Manfred Böttcher, Harald Metzkes, Ernst Schroeder and Horst Zickelbein – former master students at the Deutsche Akademie der Künste – they are the only original remnants in the historic building apart from the exhibition halls. Now, after nearly 30 years, they can be seen for the first time.

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Journal der Künste 9, Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes
Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes

Journal der Künste 9 with the following contributions: carte blanche for Klaus Staeck, insights into The Walk by Jochen Gerz, Durs Grünbein and Matthias Weichelt in conversation on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Sinn und Form, Wilfried Wang on Mythos Bauhaus, the radio play manuscript for Der Rechtsruck by Georg Seeßlen, Wolfgang Kaleck on (Post-)Colonial Injustice and legal Interventions. From the archives: Otto von Bismarck's honorary membership certificate as a new acquisition, Hanns Eisler scores as finds, and much more.

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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 415 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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© Arnold Dreyblatt
28 Jan – 30 Apr
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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Samuel Beckett. Photo © Jerry Bauer/Suhrkamp Verlag
Thursday, 21 Feb
Reading and Discussion

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Samuel Beckett – The Letter Writer

With the fourth volume of letters by Samuel Beckett, 1966–1989, Was bleibt, wenn die Schreie enden, Suhrkamp has published this large edition of letters. Ulrich Matthes reads from the letters and Daniel Medin speaks to the book's editor Dan Gunn, translator Chris Hirte and author György Dragomán about the letter writer Beckett. In German. 

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Cymatics. Photo: Caspar Johannes Walter
Sunday, 24 Feb
Concert and Discussion

2 pm

Beethoven Laboratory 2020 Platform Berlin 2019

Since 2017, the Beethoven Laboratory 2020, initiated by the Akademie der Künste, has offered a team of young composers from Tel Aviv, Basel and Thessaloniki an open forum to develop their own visions beyond the established canon. Halfway to the final Festival 2020, the Beethoven Laboratory now presents sound installations and new works that they have developed together in Berlin, and invites the public to share the experience of this research process with them.

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Karl Fruchtmann, 1999. Photo: Kiki Beelitz © Radio Bremen
Tuesday, 26 Feb
Book release and archive presentation

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Karl Fruchtmann. A Jewish Storyteller

Auteur filmmaker Karl Fruchtmann (1915–2003) is regarded as one of the most unconventional television directors. The Akademie der Künste and the Deutsche Kinemathek are dedicating the first publication to the filmmaker. His daughter Sara Fruchtmann, cinematographer Günther Wedekind and dramaturg Jürgen Breest pay tribute to Fruchtmann at the presentation. In German.

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Christiane Thalgott © Lilli Thalgott
Arno Brandlhuber © Clemens Vogel
Thursday, 28 Feb
Lecture and Discussions

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Christiane Thalgott and Arno Brandlhuber

In 2019, the architecture section continues its lecture and discussion series "On the Duty and the Power of Architecture", starting with a conversation between Christiane Thalgott, former city planner for Munich, as well as Arno Brandlhuber, an architect from Berlin, on the current property issue. Due to the lack of affordable living space in the cities, the fundamental question as to how greater public influence over property and land can be achieved is to be discussed anew. In German.

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