Artists participating in the "Videoskulpturen" exhibition (1989), Kölnischer Kunstverein, Wulf Herzogenrath bottom right. Photo: Joschik Kerstin © Wulf Herzogenrath
Artists participating in the "Videoskulpturen" exhibition (1989), Kölnischer Kunstverein, Wulf Herzogenrath bottom right. Photo: Joschik Kerstin © Wulf Herzogenrath

Wulf Herzogenrath.
Video Art in the Akademie Archives

12 Dec 2018

Archive and Exhibition Opening

As a curator, Wulf Herzogenrath decisively contributed to the establishment of video art as a new artistic medium in Germany. The discussion at the opening of his archive with Ulrike Rosenbach and Franziska Stöhr is the kick-off to an international symposium that is part of the Videoart at Midnight festival. In addition to documentation on video art, the exhibition shows several early works, accompanied by photos, letters and installation designs from the exceptional study collection in the Herzogenrath Archive.

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The Triadic Ballet. Photo © Wilfried Hösl
The Triadic Ballet. Photo © Wilfried Hösl

Upcoming:
100 Years of Bauhaus

16 – 24 Jan 2019

Opening Festival

2019 is the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, and it will be celebrated both in Germany and around the world with exhibitions, festivals, research projects and symposia. The international opening festival at the Akademie der Künste from 16 to 24 January 2019 concentrates on the presentation and production of pieces by contemporary artists, in which the aesthetic issues and experimental configurations of the Bauhaus artists continue to be inspiringly contagious.

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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 — 27 Feb 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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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 416 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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Artists participating in the "Videoskulpturen" exhibition (1989), Kölnischer Kunstverein, Wulf Herzogenrath bottom right. Photo: Joschik Kerstin © Wulf Herzogenrath
13 – 16 Dec
Exhibition

Hanseatenweg

Studiofoyer

Wulf Herzogenrath. Video Art in the Akademie Archives

As a curator, Wulf Herzogenrath decisively contributed to the establishment of video art as a new artistic medium in Germany. In addition to documentation on video art, the exhibition shows several early works, accompanied by photos, letters and installation designs from the exceptional study collection in the Herzogenrath Archive.

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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 2500 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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Picture Cellar, in the foreground mural by Harald Metzkes and Manfred Böttcher © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: Andreas FranzXaver Süß
3 Oct – 27 Feb
Exhibition

Picture Cellar

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.

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Georg Kaiser at the end of the 1920th. Photo: Riess
29 Nov – 30 Jun
Exhibition

Literaturhaus Magdeburg
Thiemstraße 7
39104 Magdeburg

Art and Life. Georg Kaiser – Dramatist of Modernity

Georg Kaiser was one of the most versatile and important German Expressionist dramatists. His plays are not only still astonishingly topical today, but anticipate ideas and images of the modern age. Photos, manuscripts, letters and theatre materials, including objects rarely on display, have been brought together from Kaiser's literary estate in the Akademie der Künste and from holdings in other archives to create a twentieth-century artist's biography.

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Upcoming

100 Years Bauhaus. The opening festival 16 – 24 January 2019 more

Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2019: Hito Steyerl 21 Feb – 14 Apr 2019 more