Bertolt Brecht and Walter Benjamin playing chess, 1934, Skovsbostrand, Denmark, Photographer unknown © Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv
Bertolt Brecht and Walter Benjamin playing chess, 1934, Skovsbostrand, Denmark, Photographer unknown © Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv

Benjamin and Brecht.
Thinking in Extremes

26 Oct 2017 – 28 Jan 2018

Exhibition

The relationship between Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht was an unusual one. The critic and the poet became close to one another during the Weimar Republic, they discussed fundamental issues about art and politics. During their years of exile, they became trusted friends. The exhibition shows the topicality of this friendship, the historically documented aspects, resonances from friends and enemies, and moments of reception in ideas and art. Exhibition opening: 25 Oct, 7 pm. Exhibition in German and English.

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Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub. Filmstill <i>Schwarze Sünde</i>, 1988 © BELVA Film
Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub. Filmstill Schwarze Sünde, 1988 © BELVA Film

In a collaboration that spanned nearly 50 years, the filmmaker duo Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub created one of the most influential and controversial oeuvres in modern cinema. The exhibition, which treats the highly detailed, handcrafted working processes of the filmmakers, and also shows newly created artistic positions by international artists, forms the context and resonating space for an extensive programme. From 15 Oct – 5 Nov a complete retrospective of the films by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub is taking place at four locations in Berlin.

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Letters From the Editor #18 (Facebook censors an image of the napalm attack on Trang Bang, 13 Sep 2016), 2017. Digital photo collage (Image sources: Nick Ut/AP, Kim Phuc Foundation, Associated Press, Facebook). Courtesy Eran Schaerf © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Letters From the Editor #18 (Facebook censors an image of the napalm attack on Trang Bang, 13 Sep 2016), 2017. Digital photo collage (Image sources: Nick Ut/AP, Kim Phuc Foundation, Associated Press, Facebook). Courtesy Eran Schaerf © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

The Käthe-Kollwitz-Preis has been awarded by the Akademie der Künste since 1960, one of the institution’s oldest awards. The Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne in conjunction with the Akademie present the artistic positions of twenty-one artists who have been awarded the Käthe-Kollwitz-Preis. With more than 70 exhibits, the show visualises how Kollwitz’ motto “I would like to exert influence in these times” remains an impulse for artists up until today. With Miriam Cahn, Douglas Gordon, Mona Hatoum, Martin Kippenberger, Astrid Klein, Horst Münch, Katharina Sieverding, Willi Sitte et al.

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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 416 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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Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub in the Palais de Chaillot gardens, Paris, 1990s © BELVA Film
15 Oct – 5 Nov
Retrospective

Hanseatenweg

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Tell It to the Stones. The Work of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub

An indispensable part of "Tell It to the Stones" is a complete retrospective of the films by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub. It begins on October 15 at the Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg and then continous its journey chronologically to the Berlin cinemas Brotfabrik (Oct 19 - 23), Zeughauskino (Oct 25 - Nov 3), and fsk (Nov 4&5). The program is complemented by a selection of films which are important because they represent friendships and shared concerns.

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Márta Mészáros, photo © Gáspár Stekovics
Wednesday, 18 Oct
Award Ceremony

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

Konrad Wolf Prize 2017:
Márta Mészáros

Márta Mészáros is receiving the 2017 Konrad Wolf Prize for her oeuvre, which has long been a part of the pantheon of European cinematography. In her feature films, the Hungarian director maintains a precise documentary view of the milieus of her protagonists – mostly women who explore rebellious, angry and stubborn ways out of repressive conditions. In German.

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Wolfgang Hilbig, photo: Jürgen Bauer
Thursday, 19 Oct
Book Release

8 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Michael Opitz:
Wolfgang Hilbig. Eine Biographie

Ten years after his death, the first major biography on Wolfgang Hilbig is now published. To this day a puzzling aura still surrounds the author. With his prose and his poems Hilbig is still regarded as one of the most eloquent authors in German literature and also as one of its most mysterious outsiders. For this biography Michael Opitz has reviewed unknown archival materials, unpublished letters and diaries, and evaluated the files of the Ministry for State Security (Stasi). In German.

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© e-werk
Friday, 20 Oct
Concert

8 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

electric attack #3 – Aceton

In the third concert of the series electric attack, the Berlin ensemble e-werk, founded in 2012, performs compositions that work with sound manipulations through live electronics, unconventional playing techniques or playback. The programme includes two world premieres and a first performance in Berlin.

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Leo Borchard at the conductor’s stand. Private photograph, Karin Friedrich Archive, Gauting
Sunday, 22 Oct
Book Presentation

11 am

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Der Dirigent, der nicht mitspielte.
Leo Borchard 1899–1945

On 26 May 1945, Leo Borchard, the newly appointed head of the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted the first concert after the war. The conductor, who had steadfastly refused to align himself with the Third Reich, was shot and killed three months later. After nearly 20 years Matthias Sträßner has dedicated himself to Borchard’s biography a second time. Through the unexpected resurfacing of the archive of the conductor’s sister, which is now a part of the music archives at the Akademie der Künste, the “Borchard Case” has been reopened. In German.

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