INITIAL – Special grants for artists: Applications can be submitted from 15 June to 15 July 2021. More: www.adk.de/initial

Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

INITIAL – Special Grants for Artists
15 Jun — 15 Jul 2021

Open Call

The Akademie der Künste supports the research and development of art works with the INITIAL Special Grant. The purpose of the grants is to safeguard and facilitate art production and to provide the basis and incentive for long-term artistic projects whose preparation and development have been hampered during the pandemic. Applications can be submitted from 15 June to 15 July 2021.

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"Erinnern ist Arbeit" [Remembering is work], exhibition project by Einar Schleef, 1992, in the marstall, Berlin. Photo © Ute Schendel. VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives
17 Jun — 19 Sep 2021

Exhibition

Cultural memory is the basis of humanity’s future, and the arts and cultural institutions have a decisive role to play in this. The exhibition illuminates different aspects of the culture of memory with featuring 13 commissioned works by contemporary artists and 15 exemplary selected exhibits from the Akademe der Künste’s archives. Opening days: 17 Jun, 2 pm – 7 pm; 18 — 20 Jun, 11 am – 7 pm.

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Richard Deacon, Flat 27, 2016. Photo: Mareike Tocha

Richard Deacon. On the Surface
19 Jun — 28 Aug 2021

Exhibition

Every year, the Visual Arts Section presents the work of one of its members at the Kurt Tucholsky Literaturmuseum. This year's exhibition is dedicated to Richard Deacon and focuses on his new ceramic works. The sculptor, known for his experiments with materials, is interested in the interplay of control and chance in the creation of the coloured glazes as surfaces.

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Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin
Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin

Rewriting Memories
22 June 2021

Readings and discussion

Ulrike Draesner, Ingo Schulze,  Meena Kandasamy and Mohamed Mbougar Sarr read and talk about personal and collective memories in relation to colonial past and authoritarian memory cultures of the present, gaps in the archive and the writing of counter narratives. Moderated by Daniela Dröscher. In German and English. Live stream on 22 June 2021, 7 pm.

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Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin

In her talk, the visual artist Candice Breitz presents her new installation “Digest” for the „Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives“ exhibition, which addresses questions on gender, power and proto-feminist survival strategies. In English. At Pariser Platz and as live stream on 29 June 2021, 7 pm.

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Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin
Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin

Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives
May – Nov 2021

Exhibition and Events

The Akademie der Künste and its Archives are a place of artistic memory work. On the occasion of its 325th anniversary, the Akademie is engaging in a new process of reflecting on its own institution as memory storage. The extensive main programme revolves around a number of event series and a central exhibition with 13 commissioned works by contemporary artists.

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"Werner Düttmann. Building. Berlin." – Presentation of the Brücke-Museum in the foyer of Akademie der Künste. Photo: Silke Briel © Brücke-Museum

Werner Düttmann. Building. Berlin.
17 Apr – 29 Aug 2021

Presentation

Berlin architect, urban planner and long-time Akademie President Werner Düttmann (1921-1983) was born 100 years ago, on 6 March 1921. As part of the Düttmann exhibition of the Brücke Museum, a presentation on his special relationship to the Akademie der Künste – to the building as well as to the institution – will be shown in the foyer.

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Back of the painting Portrait Hanns Meinke by Rudolf G. Bunk © Photo: Carolin Faude-Nagel
Back of the painting Portrait Hanns Meinke by Rudolf G. Bunk © Photo: Carolin Faude-Nagel

A digital showcase affords an insight into the extensive holdings of the Archives of the Akademie der Künste. digital.adk.de. encompasses all art forms and archives of outstanding artists in the German-speaking world and makes them accessible. A new collection presents the ownership histories of selected paintings and sculptures from the Art Collection.

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Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

The Akademie der Künste is an international community of artists that currently totals 403 members in its six Sections (Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts). It 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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"Erinnern ist Arbeit" [Remembering is work], exhibition project by Einar Schleef, 1992, in the marstall, Berlin. Photo © Ute Schendel. VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
17 Jun – 19 Sep
Exhibition

Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives

Cultural memory is the basis of humanity’s future, and the arts and cultural institutions have a decisive role to play in this. The exhibition illuminates different aspects of the culture of memory with featuring 13 commissioned works by contemporary artists and 15 exemplary selected exhibits from the Akademe der Künste’s archives. Opening days: 17 Jun, 2 pm – 7 pm; 18 — 20 Jun, 11 am – 7 pm.

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Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin

DIGITAL

Readings and Discussion

Rewriting Memories

Literature as evidence, and the mindfulness and resistance of literary memories: Ulrike Draesner, Ingo Schulze, Meena Kandasamy and Mohamed Mbougar Sarr read and talk about personal and collective memories in relation to colonial past and authoritarian memory cultures of the present, gaps in the archive and the writing of counter narratives. In German and English. Live stream on 22 June 2021, 7 pm.

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Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin

DIGITAL

Lecture

Candice Breitz: Never Ending Stories

In her talk, the visual artist Candice Breitz presents her new installation “Digest” for the „Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives“ exhibition, which addresses questions on gender, power and proto-feminist survival strategies. “Digest” consists of 1,001 sealed video cassettes, the covers of which have been painted black except for one verb from the respective film title that is still visible. In English. At Pariser Platz and as live stream on 29 June 2021, 7 pm.

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Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin

DIGITAL

Discussion

The Art of Freedom in Kurdish Exile

On the occasion of her new film installation Bad People, Bad News, artist Cemile Sahin talks to Ersin Çelik, Kurdish film maker and member of the Rojava Film Commune, about artistic means and strategies in exile. Which political meaning does art have amid the censorship of autocratic states and how can art counter the propaganda by dictators and their media staging. In German and Kurdish. At Pariser Platz and as live stream on 6 July 2021, 7 pm.

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Graphic design © Ta-Trung, Berlin

DIGITAL

Discussion

What Stays – Archiving Care

The year-long project explores digital counter archives and the role of technology in opening up alternative histories and memories. Panel talk with Aditya Surya Taruna, Romi Ron Morrison, Francois Knoetze, Amy Louise Wilson, Maya Indira Ganesh, Clara Herrmann, Nora O Murchú, Sinthujan Varatharajah, et al. In English. At Pariser Platz and as live stream on 13 July 2021, 7 pm.

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