The Akademie der Künste publishes its own publications in connection with exhibitions and special events, as well as new acquisitions in the archives. These include exhibition catalogues, symposia documentation, monographs on individual artists, as well as publications on thematic main focuses and on selected archival collections.

Our publications can be ordered by phone or email, and you can visit our bookstore on Hanseatenweg in Berlin, which has access to all of the Akademie der Künste’s available books and antiquarian rarities.


Sinn und Form

Every two months, the Akademie der Künste also issues the “Sinn und Form” (Purpose and Form) journal.

Founded in 1949 by Johannes R. Becher and Paul Wiegler, the cultural magazine Sinn und Form (Purpose and Form), published by the Akademie der Künste, is one of the most influential of its kind in Germany. Originally addressed to a literary audience in particular, the journal today is also a venue for philosophical, aesthetic, and social issues, for the meeting of art and science, poetry and anthropology, and is thus a key publication for many Academy members. The ambitious programme has an international focus and comprises selected letters and conversations, essays, poems, and narratives. Findings from the extensive Academy Archive continue to be presented.

Current Publications

Could there be a more mysterious place for a summit meeting between a legendary literary critic, a former state premier, a Nobel laureate and a feisty housekeeper than a cobwebbed room in a house on the Wilstermarsch marshland in Holstein? Together with selected writings by former Döblin scholars, Berlin authors Thilo Bock and Peter Wawerzinek dedicate their ghost stories to the housekeeper and heart and soul of 'Villa Grassimo' in Wewelsfleth, and, at the same time, narrate a piece of recent German literary history.

This sumptuous publication presents the first overview of all the collections and archives held by the Architectural Archive at the Akademie der Künste. After introductory articles by Jeanine Meerapfel, Werner Heegewaldt and Eva-Maria Barkhofen, the individual holdings, which go back to the eighteenth century, are comprehensively presented with biographies of their collectors and a wealth of illustrations.

For the exhibition catalogue, Edmund Kuppel has designed a special art object. From a video work of approx. 60 minutes of ten train journeys all ending in the departure station, he developed an eleventh journey in a 'book form' with a concertina fold to create a kind of endless loop. As the jury awarding this year’s Käthe Kollwitz Prize noted, "… in his artistic approach, [Edmund Kuppel] transforms his ideas into subtle sculptural structures, transforms the material into the simplest, i. e., abstract, form, in machine and media constructions expressing wonder and amazement at reality."

In his work as a director, Peter Beauvais was a major influence on West German television for almost thirty years. In biographical and analytical contributions, Rolf Aurich, Julia Glänzel, Wolfgang Jacobsen and Nicky Rittmeyer illustrate how in all his works, whether for the theatre, opera, radio, film or TV, Beauvais pursued a notion of radical diversity in terms of themes and styles.

Werner Stötzer (1931–2010) was one of the most important sculptors in Germany. At the same time Stötzer was also a concise narrator. The notes, letters and anecdotes published here, mostly for the first time, provide insights into his thinking processes while reflecting a piece of contemporary history. Colleagues, friends and Academy members have written reminiscences and texts for this publication in the akademiefenster series. Drawings, documents and photographs complete the material which the sculptor gave to the Academy archives during his lifetime.