Top: View of the Brandenburg Gate in winter 1991, free-standing and without quadriga, bottom: in summer 2023 with neighbouring buildings and quadriga
Michael Ruetz: aus Timescape 162 – Pariser Platz, Berlin Mitte, Phase 00: 4 Feb 1991, 5:30 pm; Phase 16: 28 Aug 2023, 10:33 am, © Michael Ruetz

Since the mid-60s Michael Ruetz has observed the transformation of Berlin in a large-scale photographic study. Historical sites such as the Brandenburg Gate have undergone radical change, particularly since 1989/90. Ruetz’ images of Berlin are an expression of how architecture can redefine our environment. His photo series develop their own aesthetics beyond documentary sobriety, revealing a poetry of time in the process.

Drawing of a woman's torso lying on her back with curved veined lines in light pink, light green and grey-blue
Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Durmiente 1, 2018, Photo: Eric Tschernow © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024 – The Artist

The Chilean artist Sandra Vásquez de la Horra is the recipient of the 2023 Käthe Kollwitz Prize. Her work addresses archetypes derived of our collective consciousness, taboos, gender issues and sexuality, intercultural reflections and questions of spiritual practice. At the Akademie der Künste, she is showing over 60 selected drawings, photographs and objects that unfold in a site-specific installation.

Four issues of the journal, arranged in a row
Photo: Pia Gühne

This issue says goodbye to the Akademie’s outgoing president and vice-president Jeanine Meerapfel and Kathrin Röggla, thematises possibilities for utopias in times of crisis, discusses the current political shift to the right in Germany and provides an outlook on the upcoming exhibition by Käthe Kollwitz Prize winner Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, as well as archive insights on István Szabó, George Grosz and Jürgen Flimm.

Anna Seghers Museum
Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin Adlershof, photo: © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß

Bertolt Brecht's study, Helene Weigel's conservatory, Anna Seghers' “crow's nest” : Regular tours offer visitors a chance to view the homes and studies of the writer Bertolt Brecht, actress and theatre director Helene Weigel and the writer Anna Seghers, largely kept in their original condition. The tours provide an insight into how these three major international figures in the arts world of the 20th century lived and worked.

Reading Room Pariser Platz
Reading Room Pariser Platz, photo: © Katja Strauß

The Library of the Arts is one of the largest special libraries on culture and the modernist arts. Its holdings are characterised by media from every artistic genre from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, as well as valuable private libraries, which are accessible to everyone free of charge. The voyage of discovery through its treasures begins in the Reading Room and leads into the hidden stacks. Guided tour in German.

Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. Photo © Jeanette Gonsior
Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz. Photo © Jeanette Gonsior

The Akademie der Künste is an international community of artists that currently totals 404 members in its six Sections Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts. It is an exhibition and event location. Its Archives collectively form one of the most important interdisciplinary archives on 20th century art. Founded in 1696, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin is one of the oldest cultural institutes in Europe.



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Manos Tsangaris: GIANT, the mini-stage, © Krzysztof Zielinski
21 – 22 Jun
Music Theatre Miniature

Otto-Spielplatz im Otto-Park
Alt-Moabit 34
10555 Berlin

Manos Tsangaris: GIANT, the mini-stage

On the GIANT mini-stage, tiny objects and their families perform. Sometimes it also takes a breather. And when in use, it listens to what is happening outside. The stage is interested in sustainability too, which is why it performs without electricity. The performances are part of the Moabit Kulturwoche. In addition, a discussion round will take place on Friday with Stefanie Remlinger (District mayor of Mitte) and Manos Tsangaris (Akademie President), among others.

Collage © AnniKa von Trier
Sunday, 23 Jun
Performance, Music, Reading

3 pm

Schwarzer Weg 12
15377 Waldsieversdorf

Hannah Höch visits John Heartfield’s garden

Together with John Heartfield, George Grosz and Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Höch was the only female collage artist of the time to discover, develop and shape this medium. Based on notebook entries by Hannah Höch (1889–1978), AnniKa von Trier draws a portrait of the artist's life between the Weimar Republic, inner emigration during the Second World War and the post-war period until her death. In German.

Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi, Into The Violet Belly, 2022, film still, © Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi
Friday, 28 Jun
Talks, Lecture Performances, Concert, Book Presentation

7 pm



Human Machine
About Uncertain Landscapes and the Anarchy of the Soul

The Human Machine programme supports international emerging artists, who work with, or address ideas surrounding digital technologies, the anthropocene, and Artificial Intelligence and offer new ideas of patterns, narrations and approaches to a world with machines. On this evening, current fellows and jurors of the Human Machine programme present and discuss artistic concepts and strategies. In English.

Anna Seghers Museum in Berlin-Adlershof, photo: © Andreas [FranzXaver] Süß
Tuesday, 2 Jul
Guided Tour

2 pm

Anna-Seghers-Str. 81
12489 Berlin

Anna Seghers in the circle of her friends

Anna Seghers, who often appeared rather shy and cautious, found support among her friends, whom she trusted unreservedly, with whom she exchanged ideas and laughed unselfconsciously. The writer remained close to the actresses Steffie Spira and Helene Weigel, the author Berta Waterstradt and the politician Lore Wolf until the end of her life. In German.

Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof (Dorotheenstadt Cemetery), Berlin Mitte, photo: © Ingeborg Fries
Wednesday, 3 Jul
Guided Tour

2 pm

Chausseestraße 125
10115 Berlin

Famous women

The resting places of famous women in art and culture are the focus of this guided tour of the Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof (Dorotheenstadt Cemetery). It tells of the writers Christa Wolf and Annemarie Bostroem, the artists Beatrice Zweig and Doris Kahane, the opera director Ruth Berghaus and many others. Thematic guided tour in German.


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