<i>Ultima Ratio Δ Mountain of the Sun</i>. Forum Expanded 2018, LBN/CAN 2017 by: Bahar Noorizadeh © Bahar Noorizadeh
Ultima Ratio Δ Mountain of the Sun. Forum Expanded 2018, LBN/CAN 2017 by: Bahar Noorizadeh © Bahar Noorizadeh

48th Berlinale Forum /
13th Forum Expanded

15 Feb — 26 Feb 2018

Festival & Exhibition

The Akademie der Künste is once again hosting the Berlin International Film Festival: Forum and Forum Expanded will present their international programme at the venue on Hanseatenweg. The Forum Expanded group exhibition will show works by James Benning, Musquiqui Chihying and Gregor Kasper, Laura Horelli, Marta Hryniuk, Jane Jin Kaisen, Nesrine Khodr, Bahar Noorizadeh, Jen Liu, Ash Moniz, The Otolith Group, Song Sanghee, Kerstin Schroedinger and Ala Younis. Opening: 14 Feb, 7 pm with Jeanine Meerapfel, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus and Ute Holl.

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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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Spanish Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2016, photo: Juan Rodriguez
Spanish Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2016, photo: Juan Rodriguez

In Spain, architecture in particular has been badly affected by the economic crisis. Construction started on many public and speculative buildings, but after 2009 no decisions were made as to whether they were necessary, and many remained unfinished. The exhibition, which was shown at the Spanish Pavilion of the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2016, where it won the Golden Lion, presents current architecture, approved in the excess of the pre-crisis period, which can be seen as unfinished and constantly evolving.

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Marcel Odenbach, <i>Im Schiffbruch nicht schwimmen können</i>, 2011, Filmstill © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, courtesy of Galerie Gisela Capitain, Stampa Galerie und Videoart at Midnight Edition
Marcel Odenbach, Im Schiffbruch nicht schwimmen können, 2011, Filmstill © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, courtesy of Galerie Gisela Capitain, Stampa Galerie und Videoart at Midnight Edition

Marcel Odenbach:
Im Schiffbruch nicht schwimmen können

26 Jan — 24 Feb 2018

Video Installation

In Marcel Odenbach’s film Foundering and you can’t swim (Im Schiffbruch nicht schwimmen können) three Africans are sitting in the Louvre Museum in Paris and contemplate The Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault. The painting portrays one of these moments when humankind is thrown back to its brutal will to survive: Those who survided did so only by slaughtering mutineers and eating their dead companions – and they moved forward. The video installation is part of the Colonial Repercussions/Koloniales Erbe event series.

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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 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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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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Víctor López Cotelo, photo: Inge Zimmermann
Monday, 26 Feb
Lecture

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Víctor López Cotelo

Spanish architect Víctor López Cotelo launches this year's series of lectures, On the Duty and the Power of Architecture, held by five foreign Akademie members. López Cotelo provides insights into his multifaceted creations in his home town of Madrid and throughout Spain. In German.

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Friedrich Christian Delius, photo © juergen-bauer.com
Wednesday, 28 Feb
Book Release

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Friedrich Christian Delius:
Die Zukunft der Schönheit

On 1 May 1966, a young German from a Hessian small town found himself in a New York jazz club. The saxophonist Albert Ayler was playing. Disconcerted and elated by the previously unheard music, the young man starts to hear the entire unholy mess of the present within these tones; the murder of Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the struggles of the blacks and the student protests. Tobias Lehmkuhl introduces the autobiographical narrative. In German.

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Boxes with rolls of negatives, Akademie der Künste, Berlin © Photo: Roman März, Walter Kempowski Archives
Saturday, 3 Mar
Guided Tours

11 am

Robert-Koch-Platz 10
10115 Berlin

Spandauer Damm 19
14059 Berlin

Archives Day

Archives Day As part of the nationwide "Archives Day", under the 2018 motto "Democracy and Civil Rights", the Akademie archives are providing a look behind the scenes. An exciting programme of lectures, films and talks, as well as tours of the storage areas, reading rooms and workshops, reveals secrets about researching and collecting. Archivists introduce the special features of an art archive and present some unique documents. In German.

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Katrin Sello 1985 at Kunstverein Hannover, photographer unknown
Sunday, 4 Mar
Archive Presentation

11.30 am

Hanseatenweg

Studiofoyer

Katrin Sello. On Reflections and the Power of Art Criticism

In 1976, publicist and art historian Katrin Sello became the first woman to head the Kunstverein Hannover. In her articles and exhibitions organised by her, she focused on connections between art and society, works by women artists, contemporary positions in Lower Saxony and the East-West exchange. At this archive presentation Uwe M. Schneede provides an overview of Katrin Sello's achievements; Victoria Sturm reads her texts; and Irmela Roelcke plays works by Mozart and Schubert. In German.

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Upcoming

Underground and Improvisation. Alternative Music and Art after 1968
Exhibitions, Concerts, Discourse. 15 Mar – 6 May 2018
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"Holocaust as culture". On the poetics of Imre Kertész Symposium. 12 – 14 Apr 2018 more

By-Products of Love. An Exhibition with Works by Elfi Mikesch, Rosa von Praunheim, and Werner Schroeter 18 May – 12 Aug 2018 more