Tossing balls (Házení míčů) into lake Bořín, Happening in Průhonice, April 1969, © Jan Ságl / Collection Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
Tossing balls (Házení míčů) into lake Bořín, Happening in Průhonice, April 1969, © Jan Ságl / Collection Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Underground and Improvisation.
Alternative Music
and Art after 1968

15 Mar — 6 May 2018

Exhibitions, Concerts, Discourse

The programme 'Underground and Improvisation' reflects the experimental, anarchistic or avant-garde developments in music in West Berlin and Eastern Europe, from the Prague Spring to the post-Wall era. The Akademie der Künste is presenting these movements for the first time in two exhibitions and a programme of events. A symposium (19 – 21 Apr) focuses on central questions of alternative artistic strategies that arise from the juxtaposition of and the relationship between underground and improvisation, East and West.

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<i>GRAIN OF SAND</i>, 2011, © Micha Ullman
GRAIN OF SAND, 2011, © Micha Ullman

Micha Ullman.
Grain of Sand

8 — 22 Apr 2018

Installation

Micha Ullman creates places that allow for self-encounters. These works have opened a network of associations, memories and symbolism that go far beyond political borders and religious differences. This installation refers to statements by Anwar el-Sadat and thus to the crisis situation and the peace process in Israel. But, at the same time, the meaning of the work is universal. Opening: 8 Apr, 12 pm with Jeanine Meerapfel, Moshe Zimmermann, Matthias Flügge, Micha Ullman. In German.

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C& Center of unfinished business. Photo: © Florian Bong-Kil Grosse
C& Center of unfinished business. Photo: © Florian Bong-Kil Grosse

C& Center of unfinished business
24 Apr — 30 Jun 2018

Exhibition

Conceived by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba, C& Center of unfinished business is a reading room that offers visitors an extraordinary, sometimes disconcerting selection of books that are linked to the topic of colonialism in various ways – from a history book on German colonies to a fashion book on the Sappeurs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo all the way to an analysis of capital markets in the 21st century. A walk-in book case structure that can be used from different perspectives and which was exclusively developed to work in and move to diverse locations.

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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 410 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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Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes
Friday, 20 Apr
Symposium

9.30 am

Hanseatenweg

Clubraum

Underground and Improvisation. Alternative Music and Art after 1968

The symposium from 19 to 21 Apr focuses on central questions of alternative artistic strategies that arise from the juxtaposition of and the relationship between underground and improvisation, East and West: What is the term "underground" understood to mean in the West? How is it understood in the East? In what way is improvisation political, and which political aspects of improvisation are relevant today? How is the current drift of some representatives of the alternative art scene to the right to be interpreted? In German and English.

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Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes
Friday, 20 Apr
Concert

6.30 pm

Hanseatenweg

Halle 2

Joëlle Léandre

The concert programme for the "Free Music Production/FMP: The Living Music" exhibition in 2018 makes a powerful statement in favour of the diverse developments the international avant-garde jazz movement has seen in recent decades. In this context, the French, feministically motivated composer and bassist Joëlle Léandre, who had always appeared both in New Music and improvised music, will present a solo concert for double bass and vocals.

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HEARTH © HEARTH
Friday, 20 Apr
Concert

8 pm

Hanseatenweg

Halle 2

Underground and Improvisation. HEARTH

Following Joëlle Léandre's solo concert performance, the young improvisation quartet Hearth will present their latest work. Hearth are part of the Dutch artists' collective DOEK, primarily devoted to improvised music in Amsterdam, along with Cactus Truck. The quartet brings alto saxophonist Mette Rasmussen, trumpeter Susana Santos Silva, tenor saxophonist Ada Rave and pianist Kaja Draksler – four of the currently most sought-after shooting stars of the young international improvisation scene – together on one stage.

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Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Photo © German Vinogradov
Friday, 20 Apr
Concert

10 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Underground and Improvisation. Deconstruction

Traditional concepts and graphic scores by Eastern European underground artists will be carefully reconstructed and newly interpreted. First, the famous Hungarian poet and performer Katalin Ladik will give one of her impressive solo performances and then, together with vocalist Natalia Pschenitschnikova, render graphic scores by Jan Ságl and Milan Knížák. Pschenitschnikova will then bring her interpretations of compositions by Georgy Dorokhov, Mátyás Wettl and Szymon Stanisław Strzelec to the stage with Claudius von Wrochem.

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Graphics: Heimann + Schwantes
Saturday, 21 Apr
Concert

8 pm

Hanseatenweg

Halle 2

Underground and Improvisation. The Invention of Language

Together with musicians Sebastain Berweck, Erik Drescher and Biliana Voutchkova, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart will play and sing pieces by Eastern European composers, which serve to create a mythology and language if its own.

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Martin Rupprecht, photo © Anja Jzwaja
Sunday, 22 Apr
Book release and archive presentation

11 am

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Martin Rupprecht.
Stage Design – Costumes – Painting

Rupprecht was one of the most imaginative and versatile stage and costume designers of German classic and new music theatre. This Theater der Zeit publication pays tribute to the extensive stage work of the late artist. It clearly illustrates how richly varied his art is, how it breaks with conventional viewing habits and sets strong accents. In German.

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Upcoming

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