Aerial photo of the terraces in the Parisian suburb of Aubervilliers © Jacqueline Fiumani
Aerial photo of the terraces in the Parisian suburb of Aubervilliers © Jacqueline Fiumani

This year, the Berlin Art Prize – Grand Prize, which is presented in rotation by the six Akademie Sections, is being awarded by the Architecture Section and goes to French architect Renée Gailhoustet. The prize honours her life’s work. Award ceremony for Renée Gailhoustet, Prinz Gholam, Dorte Mandrup, Zeynep Gedizlioğlu, Uljana Wolf, Alexander Scheer and Nicolette Krebitz presented by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, and Akademie President Jeanine Meerapfel. In German and English.

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Building site of the archive of the former East German Academy of Arts at the Robert-Koch-Platz in July 1987. Photo: Christian Kraushaar
Building site of the archive of the former East German Academy of Arts at the Robert-Koch-Platz in July 1987. Photo: Christian Kraushaar

The history of the East German Academie der Künste is also a story of constant shortage of space, difficult working conditions and inadequate accommodation of the archives. Urban planning was conducted and the perspective plans were drawn up for a representative building on the square where the Academy once stood (what is now Gendarmenmarkt). A new archive building was realised at Robert Koch Platz 10, the only purpose-built archive building in the GDR. The move began 30 years ago, an anniversary that is to be honoured with a foyer exhibition.

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Hito Steyerl. Abstract, 2012 (Detail). Two channel HD video with sound. 7:30 min. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019. Film still: © Hito Steyerl. Courtesy: the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin
Hito Steyerl. Abstract, 2012 (Detail). Two channel HD video with sound. 7:30 min. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019. Film still: © Hito Steyerl. Courtesy: the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin

Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2019: Hito Steyerl
21 Feb — 14 Apr 2019

Exhibition

Hito Steyerl is the recipient of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2019. With this award, the Akademie honours an international artist, whose special interest lies in the media, technology and the dissemination of images. Her work includes texts, performances, multimedia installations and essayistic documentaries, in which she addresses post-colonial criticism, feminist representation logic and the influences of globalisation. On the occasion of the award ceremony, the Akademie will be showing an exhibition at Pariser Platz.

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Hand study Wigman-Schule Dresden, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Mary-Wigman-Archiv_392, photo: Ursula Richter
Hand study Wigman-Schule Dresden, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Mary-Wigman-Archiv_392, photo: Ursula Richter

From 24 August to 21 September 2019, the Akademie der Künste is planning a performative exhibition on the topicality of dance heritage under the title "The Century of Dance". The starting point for the project is a master class for international students, who will address modern dance both in practice and theory in lectures, talks and performances. The master class will be accompanied with an overall programme of performances and debates. Students and alumni from international dance courses can apply by 15 April 2019.

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Picture Cellar, in the foreground mural by Harald Metzkes and Manfred Böttcher © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: Andreas FranzXaver Süß
Picture Cellar, in the foreground mural by Harald Metzkes and Manfred Böttcher © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo: Andreas FranzXaver Süß

Picture Cellar
3 Oct 2018 — 28 Apr 2019

Exhibition

A series of murals, which were created in 1957 and 1958 for two Faschingsfeste (Carnival events), have been preserved in the former coal cellars of the Akademie building on Pariser Platz. Painted by Manfred Böttcher, Harald Metzkes, Ernst Schroeder and Horst Zickelbein – former master students at the Deutsche Akademie der Künste – they are the only original remnants in the historic building apart from the exhibition halls. Now, after nearly 30 years, they can be seen for the first time.

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Roof terrace of the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß
Roof terrace of the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß

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 414 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.

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Brecht-Weigel Museum. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Brecht-Weigel Museum. Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

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 Museum in Berlin-Mitte and the Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof are both part of the Akademie der Künste. No advance booking required.

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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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Dorte Mandrup. Photo: Torben Eskerod
Tuesday, 19 Mar
Lecture

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

On the Duty and the Power of Architecture Dorte Mandrup

The lecture series "On the Duty and the Power of Architecture" by the Architecture Section of the Akademie will continue with a lecture by Dorte Mandrup, winner of the Berlin Art Prize 2019, architecture division. The Danish architect stands out "through her clear and independent attitude and complex work" (excerpt from the laudation). Almut Grüntuch-Ernst will moderate the subsequent discussion. In English.

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Adam und Evelyn. Film scene © Alexander Schaak
Wednesday, 20 Mar
Film and Talk

6 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Adam und Evelyn

A film by Andreas Goldstein: The film Adam und Evelyn, based on the novel by Ingo Schulze, tells the story of a couple in search of paradise. Is it in the east or west, in a familiar or in a foreign place? Following the screening, talk with Andreas Goldstein, Jakobine Motz and Ingo Schulze. Moderation: Matthias Dell. In German.

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Der Funktionär. © Andreas Goldstein
Wednesday, 20 Mar
Film and Talk

8:15 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Der Funktionär

A film by Andreas Goldstein: The documentary Der Funktionär casts a spotlight on Goldstein’s relationship with his father, the East German cultural official Klaus Gysi. Following the screening, talk with Andreas Goldstein, Ingo Schulze and Chris Wright. Moderation: Matthias Dell. In German.

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Photo: Stefan Kraus, Cologne
Thursday, 21 Mar
Concert and Discussion

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Halle 2

Wo kommen wir hin Free International Drumming III

Drumming is one of the most practised musical and ritual forms of expression worldwide, shaped by regional influences, but comprehensible on a global scale. It is precisely this group of instruments in all their diversity that are predestined to incorporate and transform the impulses of different worlds, as is characteristic of the drumming of Robyn Schulkowsky and Manos Tsangaris. Followed by a discussion on the opening of the artistic research laboratory “Wo kommen wir hin”. In German.

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Photo: Albrecht Hotz
Sunday, 24 Mar
Concert and Discussion

12 pm

Hanseatenweg

Halle 2

Wo kommen wir hin How Political is Our Tool Box?

The specific characteristics of the various genres of art concretise and shape social reality. Are their tool boxes therefore political or where does the political element begin in art? And in what way does music fit in here? Composers Helmut Lachenmann and Manos Tsangaris discuss the current situation of contemporary compositions in this interplay. In German.

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