Publications 2016

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.

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."

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.

The catalogue for the exhibition includes essays by international experts and case studies from architecture, sociology, art and urbanism for the redefinition of public spaces, such as Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin, Trafalgar Square in London, Campo de Cebada in Madrid and the Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York. Artistic interventions in public spaces that question the status quo and add new interpretations will also be shown, as well as the findings of an international workshop and 3D tools for public participation.

Texts by Frauke Burgdorff, Ricky Burdett, Susan Chin, Barbara Hoidn, Andrew Keen, Regula Lüscher, Florian Matzner, Jeanine Meerapfel, Cristiane Muniz, Cordelia Polinna, Alvaro Puntoni, Julio Cesar Perez, Bernhard Schneider, Renata Stih, Rainalod Uriarte, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Fernando Viégas, Jörn Walter, Wilfried Wang, Blanca Zuñiga.

In a collage of photographs and texts, original accounts and documents, which are predominantly from the archives of the Akademie der Künste, this publication chronicles the joint theatre work of B.K. Tragelehn and Heiner Müller. At the same time it is a testament to two men of the theatre whose friendship went beyond their artistic collaboration. It is published on the 80th birthday of the director, poet and translator B.K. Tragelehn, who gave his archive to the Academy in 2013. It includes a catalogue of works.

Painter and graphic artist Alice Lex-Nerlinger belonged to the artistic and political avant-garde in the Weimar Republic. She became famous for her work §218 (1931) attacking the law on banning abortion. Influenced by “Der Sturm” gallery’s circle of artists, she started to work with modern techniques such as photography, montage and photograms. The catalogue for the exhibition in Das Verborgene Museum contains many documents and illustrations from the artist’s estate now in the Akademie der Künste Archive and art collection.