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 large exhibitions and an extensive programme of events. Opening: 14 Mar, 7 pm with Nele Hertling, Markus Müller and Jarosław Suchan. In German and English.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.