© Mohammad Ghazali, Half of the City View, Taking Notes series, 2007
© Mohammad Ghazali, Half of the City View, Taking Notes series, 2007

In the past few years the Iranian art world has received enormous attention: exploding prices at international auctions, important exhibitions outside Iran, and publications which shed new light on contemporary art in Iran. How do Iranian artists and curators explain the hype around Iranian art? What working conditions do artists face in Iran and in exile? Discussion with Ramin Etemadi-Bozorg, Esha Sadr, Narges Hashempour and Hannah Jacobi on 27 Jan 2017. In English and Persian.

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Eva Mattes, Photo: Hanna Mattes
Eva Mattes, Photo: Hanna Mattes

On 29 Jan 2017, Eva Mattes and Irmgard Schleier tell of love and homeland, flight and exile, in their literary and musical travels through time. The émigrés let their voices be heard through songs and verses. Lyrical works are included by Mascha Kaléko, Jura Soyfer, Else Lasker-Schüler, Wolf Biermann, et al. Eva Mattes sings and recites; Irmgard Schleier accompanies her on piano; and Johanna Mohr provides backup with voice and oboe. In German.

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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 some 400 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 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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Photo Gernot Krämer
Tuesday, 24 Jan
Reading and Discussion

6.30 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Lettres noires.
African Literature Today

Today From a European perspective, Africa is still viewed as a close, and yet foreign continent. Even its literature is only gradually receiving recognition for its great variety and importance. Reading and discussion with Alain Mabanckou, born in the Congo and the recipient of many awards for his novels and volumes of lyric poetry written in French, and Markus Meßling. Presented by Matthias Weichelt. In German and French.

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Photo © TU Archive
Wednesday, 25 Jan
Concert

8 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studiofoyer

EM4 | Berliner Studios für elektroakustische Musik (7)

This concert of the TU Berlin’s Electronic Music Studio devotes itself to select electroacoustic compositions that were produced at the university through 1974, since the studio was founded in 1954. The main focus is placed on tape-recorded works by Boris Blacher and Rüdiger Rüfer, et al., who have explored multichannel sound and spatialisation.

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Herbert Tobias – Valeska Gert © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Wednesday, 8 Feb
Presentation

7 pm

Valeska’s Blind Date.
Valeska Gert Visiting Professorship Meg Stuart

With Meg Stuart, Gabriele Brandstetter and dance studies students. In cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin and German Academica Exchange Service (DAAD). In English.

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Photo: Kay Strasser
9 – 20 Feb
Exhibition

47. Berlinale Forum /
12. Forum Expanded

The Akademie der Künste building on Hanseatenweg is once again the venue for the “Forum” and “Forum Expanded” sections of the Berlinale. Apart from film screenings, discussions and performances in the Studio at the Akademie, “Forum Expanded” presents a group exhibition with film and video installations.

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Upcoming

Otto Bartning 1883-1959. Architect of a Social Modernity 31 March – 18 June 2017 more