Le Corbusier, Otto Bartning and Hans Scharoun (l. to r.) during the opening of the exhibition “Le Corbusier - Architektur, Malerei, Plastik, Wandteppiche“, 7 September 1957, Berlin © Marie-Agnes Gräfin zu Dohna
Le Corbusier, Otto Bartning and Hans Scharoun (l. to r.) during the opening of the exhibition “Le Corbusier - Architektur, Malerei, Plastik, Wandteppiche“, 7 September 1957, Berlin; Photo © Marie-Agnes Gräfin zu Dohna

The exhibition is the first of its kind to pay tribute to the many diverse aspects of Otto Bartning’s oeuvre. As an architect and theorist of modernism, inspirational figure and critic, writer and advisor, Bartning had a lasting influence on twentieth-century architecture. In the original drawings and sketches, photos, and architectural models on show, this comprehensive retrospective illustrates four eras of German history.

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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 411 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 © Nasan Tur
Friday, 26 May
Panel Discussion

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Clubraum

Culture & Populism Do we believe that art can help to counter populism and simplifications?

What is the role of art, cultural actors and institutions in blunting the nefarious impact and pervasive influence of populism? Panel with Inaya Fanis Hodeib, Natasha Sadr-Haghighian, Adam Broomberg, Nasan Tur, Norbert Binsky and others. In English. In cooperation with FLAX and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).

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Käthe Reichel, 1982, Photo © Cornelius Groenewold
Sunday, 28 May
Archive Opening

11 am

Hanseatenweg

Studiofoyer

Käthe Reichel
Brecht’s Pupil – A Whole Life Long

Throughout her lifetime Käthe Reichel saw herself as a pupil of Bertolt Brecht. The great actress and political activist is remembered in film clips and a tribute by Klaus Völker. Petra Kelling and Christian Grashof read from her previously unpublished correspondence with Brecht. Esther Slevogt leads a discussion with Kurt Groenewold and the participants. In German.

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Johann Georg Hinz Kleinodienschrank von 1666, Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha
Tuesday, 30 May
Lecture

7.30 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Dedicated to Collecting – 50 Years of AsKI

The 36 institutes of the AsKI network are known for their civic involvement and high quality collections. This association includes the archives of the Akademie der Künste. On this 50th anniversary, Monika Grütters, Kathrin Röggla and Wolfgang Trautwein discuss collecting from cultural-political, artistic and institutional points of view. In German.

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Photo © Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK)
Tuesday, 6 Jun
Film and Talk

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Black Box

Offensively experimental – "Dazu den Satan zwingen"

The collaborative film Dazu den Satan zwingen is an activist portrait of the former public prosecutor, film critic and actor Dietrich Kuhlbrodt, who sues the NDR broadcasting station. In documentary and fictional scenes, it follows his trial against a system demanding compulsory conformity and unimaginativeness. Followed by a talk with Dietrich Kuhlbrodt, Elena Friedrich, Robert Bramkamp, Frédéric Jaeger and Georg Seeßlen. In German.

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Joseph Beuys, Photo © zeroonefilm / Ute Klophaus
Wednesday, 7 Jun
Film and Talk

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Andres Veiel: Beuys

Veiel confesses: “Beuys was my hero.” This unique time document emerged from a previously untapped and complex collage of video and audio material on the artist. Beuys is not a classic portrait, but an analysis of the man, his art and his visionary ideas. The discussion includes Andres Veiel, Eugen Blume and Rudolf Hickel. In German.

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Kurt Bartsch, Photo © Isolde Ohlbaum
Thursday, 8 Jun
Archive Presentation

8 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Kurt Bartsch In All the Marvellous Chaos. Correspondence with Wasja Götze

The writer Kurt Bartsch wielded a sharp pen. He courageously took language at its word, and with his satires he drew the indignation of the GDR leaders on himself. His archive also includes wonderful letters that he exchanged from the “West” with the artist Wasja Götze in Halle. Reading: Martin Brambach and Michael Kind. In German.

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