Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub in the Palais de Chaillot gardens, Paris, 1990s © BELVA Film
Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub in the Palais de Chaillot gardens, Paris, 1990s © BELVA Film

In a collaboration that spanned nearly 50 years, the filmmaker duo Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub created one of the most influential and controversial oeuvres in modern cinema. The exhibition, which treats the highly detailed, handcrafted working processes of the filmmakers, and also shows newly created artistic positions by international artists, forms the context and resonating space for an extensive programme.

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Johanna Diehl, <i>Das imaginäre Studio XIV</i> (Hermann Scherchen's rotating "Nullstrahler", Studio for Electroacoustic Music, Akademie der Künste, Berlin), gelatin silver print, 2017, 61 × 49 cm © Johanna Diehl
Johanna Diehl, Das imaginäre Studio XIV (Hermann Scherchen's rotating "Nullstrahler", Studio for Electroacoustic Music, Akademie der Künste, Berlin), gelatin silver print, 2017, 61 × 49 cm © Johanna Diehl

For four days the Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg will become a large, creative laboratory with concerts, sound installations, artist talks and workshops. In its second edition – with 28 world premieres and first performances, and more than 100 artists representing 27 nationalities – KONTAKTE is an international hotspot of electroacoustic music and sound art in Berlin. Festival opening with vernissage, sound installations and concerts on 28 Sep at 5:30 pm.

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Käthe Kollwitz, Handstudien, um 1909, Kohlezeichnung © Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Käthe Kollwitz: Study of Hands, charcoal drawing, c. 1909, Akademie der Künste

The Galerie Parterre is dedicating an exhibition to the exceptional graphic artist and sculptor in close proximity to where she used to live. On display are loans from the estate of the artist, which are preserved in the Akademie der Künste's Archive Collection. A publication accompanies the exhibition and a series of related special events will take place.

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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 418 Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts). The Akademie is an exhibition and event location, a meeting place for artists and people interested in the arts, where public debates on art and cultural policy take place. 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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Ingo Schulze, photo: Gaby Gerster
Thursday, 21 Sep
Book Release

8 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Ingo Schulze: Peter Holtz.
Sein glückliches Leben erzählt von ihm selbst

Peter Holtz is a rascal; a profoundly naive character. Holtz’s life principle is selflessness, which in turn transforms him into a wealthy man. With great story-telling skill, Ingo Schulze sends Peter Holtz into the world and lets him call into question the self-evident certainties of our society. Discussion with Joseph Vogl. In German.

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