The September/October programme of the Akademie der Künste has been published! We are looking forward to your visit. Please book your ticket in advance if possible and note the current access restrictions in the Akademie buildings.

Marx-Engels monument, sculptor: Ludwig Engelhardt, Gummlin, Usedom, 1976, GDR © Sibylle Bergemann/OSTKREUZ; Courtesy Loock Gallery, Berlin
Marx-Engels monument, sculptor: Ludwig Engelhardt, Gummlin, Usedom, 1976, GDR © Sibylle Bergemann/OSTKREUZ; Courtesy Loock Gallery, Berlin

EMOP Opening Days
1 — 4 Oct 2020

European Month of Photography 2020

Every two years, more than one hundred partners come together in Berlin during the European Month of Photography (EMOP) to provide an international platform for photographic art. The month opens at the Akademie der Künste on Pariser Platz with a packed programme on current issues in photography as well as with the opening of "CONTINENT – In Search of Europe", an exhibition by OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen and the Akademie der Künste.

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Espen Eichhöfer, Bil, from the series Papa, Gerd and the Northman, 2017–2020. Photo © Espen Eichhöfer/OSTKREUZ

CONTINENT – In Search of Europe
2 Oct 2020 — 10 Jan 2021

Exhibition

The members of OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen explore the European present in their new joint project. In 22 positions, the photographers focus on various aspects of coexistence in Europe – personal, social and political phenomena. The exhibition on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the collective takes place as part of the European Month of Photography 2020. Exhibition opening: 1 Oct, 12 pm – 12 am.

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Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk. Graphics: Eps51

European Alliance of Academies
8 – 10 Oct 2020

Conference

The Akademie der Künste initiates an alliance of European academies which stands up for the freedom of artistic expression. At the opening, Robert Menasse, A.L. Kennedy and Basil Kerski will present their perspectives on Europe. During the internal conference days, with inputs from Bénédicte Savoy and Philipp Ther, representatives of the participating institutions will discuss their cooperation. A joint manifesto will outline future possibilities for action.

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The exhibition examines the role of the European city in the age of global warming, digitisation, demographic change and the dissolution of traditional social networks. urbainable – stadthaltig is a group exhibition, in which members of the Architecture Section of the Akademie der Künste introduce themselves and their work in the form of projects, visionary concepts and initiatives. The exhibition provides insights into European architecture and urban planning at the start of the '20s of the new century.

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The JUNGE AKADEMIE digital platform is now online. The transdisciplinary and transcultural online magazine is a space to exhibit and experiment and a digital open studio, offering fellows the opportunity to network with each other and with Akademie members, to develop digital projects and to make the exchange of knowledge visible within the international network.

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Graphics © Heimann + Schwantes
Graphics © Heimann + Schwantes

In addition to its programme of events, the Akademie der Künste also provides a wide range of online services, e.g. publications such as the Journal der Künste, podcast series and virtual exhibitions and festivals, as well as the discussion series "Akademie-Mitglieder im Gespräch" and the "rbb Kulturgespräche" (both in German only). Furthermore, the digital showcase digital.adk.de makes the extensive holdings of the Akademie's archive accessible. So pay us an online visit as well!

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Graphics © Heimann + Schwantes

60 Years Käthe Kollwitz Prize

Online Anniversary

The graphic artist and sculptress Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) is considered to be the most famous German female artist, with an œvre that enjoys worldwide renown. The Akademie der Künste is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize online, with a presentation of a wide-ranging collection of archival material, including previously unpublished texts and images and a selection of audio recordings relating to all the prize winners from 1960 to 2020. In German.

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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
12 Sep – 31 Dec 2020

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. Access to the Picture Cellar is only possible on a guided tour.

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Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

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 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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Solidarity with Students of Budapest University of Theatre and Film Artsmore

60 Years of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize of the Akademie der Künstemore

Now Available: Journal der Künste 13more

Berlin's 11th Independent Audio Play Festival: Video Interview with the Festival Makersmore

Further news are available in German only: News

Tobias Kruse, Unknown Passerby, 2016, from the series Jaywick, 2016/2020 © Tobias Kruse/OSTKREUZ
Thursday, 1 Oct
Exhibition Opening

12 pm – 12 am

EMOP Opening Days CONTINENT – In Search of Europe

The members of OSTKREUZ – Agentur der Fotografen explore the European present in their new joint project. In 22 positions, the photographers focus on various aspects of coexistence in Europe – personal, social and political phenomena. With topics such as identity and security, renationalisation, migration and integration, democracy and freedom of opinion, they always find access to complex content through images of people and their surroundings. Opening in German and English.

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Photo: Elfi Mikesch © OH MUVIE FOTO-FILM 2020


1 – 4 Oct
Film Screening

Pariser Platz

Black Box

EMOP Opening Days Photofilm series

Photofilm is a genre in its own right, based on photographs, on still images that are perceived as movement and come together to form a narrative that can be as fictional as it is documentary. The photographs come from archives, photo albums or are specially staged. Films that will be shown: La Jetée by Chris Marker, Tue recht und scheue niemand by Jutta Brückner, 35 Fotos by Helke Misselwitz, Wünsdorf by Elfi Mikesch et al. In German and English.

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Stefanie Moshammer, Warm Heart, 2020
Friday, 2 Oct
Discussion

5 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

EMOP Opening Days The future of photography education

What does training for contemporary photographers look like? How are important training centres positioned in Europe? What role do the historical schools of photography such as the Düsseldorf, Leipzig or Berlin schools play today? Panel with Tina Bara, Ann-Christin Bertrand, Marta Gili, Timothy Persons, Linn Schröder and Frank Schumacher. In German and English.

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Stefanie Moshammer, Warm Heart, 2020
Friday, 2 Oct
Discussion

8 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

EMOP Opening Days Photography and the institutions

The initiative for a national institute of photography by the Commissioner for Culture and Media has reignited the debate on a place of photography in Germany. Does photography need its own locations, such as galleries, museums and archives, or is it just one medium among others in the existing arts structures?Panel with Simone Klein, Robert Morat, Kito Nedo, Anne Schwanz, Thomas Seelig. In German and English.

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Stefanie Moshammer, Warm Heart, 2020
Saturday, 3 Oct
Discussion

2 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

EMOP Opening Days Photography between art and mass medium

How can photography position itself as an independent medium between art, journalistic documentation and Instagram? A discussion of current aesthetic developments in photography from a curatorial and media theory perspective with Jörg Colberg, Florian Ebner, Anika Meier, Kathrin Peters and Ingo Taubhorn. In German.

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Stefanie Moshammer, Warm Heart, 2020
Saturday, 3 Oct
Artist Talk

4 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

EMOP Opening Days Artist Talk

A separate podium is dedicated to Austrian artist Stefanie Moshammer. In the field of tension between biographically influenced essays and social analysis, she has succeeded in creating a remarkable path for a highly topical, critical and emotional visual language that exemplifies the potential of photography as an independent art form. With Stefanie Moshammer and Johann König. In German.

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Courtesy of Rabih Mroué
Saturday, 3 Oct
Discussion

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

EMOP Opening Days On artistic and human rights interventions

Recently, photography has undergone a historical transformation through social media. Human rights lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck will discuss photography and art as media for investigating human rights violations as well as artistic and legal interventions with his guests on the evening. In English.

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From Radfahrer by Marc Thümmler © Harald Hauswald / OSTKREUZ
Sunday, 4 Oct
Discussion

12 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

EMOP Opening Days 1990. Recording the new (and the old) era

If one looks at the major political upheavals in Eastern Europe, 1989 is in the foreground. But didn't the real change take place in the following year and decade, when the political course was set and everyday life began to change? What can a look into the archives of photographers show and uncover? Is there a latent image of the past that we can develop today? Discussion in German.

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Sibylle Fendt, Sezar Krout, 2016, from the series Holzbachtal, nothing, nothing, 2015–2018 © Sibylle Fendt/OSTKREUZ
Sunday, 4 Oct
Book Presentation and Discussion

3 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

EMOP Opening Days OSTKREUZ – Book Talks in the context of the exhibition CONTINENT – In Search of Europe

Six members of the OSTKREUZ agency talk to publisher, bookseller and lecturer Thomas Gust about their photo book projects: with Ina Schoenenburg, Anne Schönharting, Sibylle Fendt, Espen Eichhöfer, Johanna-Maria Fritz, Linn Schröder and Annette Hauschild. In German.

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Photo: Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk. Graphics: Eps51
Thursday, 8 Oct
Opening Event

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

European Alliance of Academies

The Akademie der Künste initiates an alliance of European academies which stands up for the freedom of artistic expression. Opening with Jeanine Meerapfel, Robert Menasse, A.L. Kennedy, Basil Kerski, AoA Impro Group mit Floros Floridis et al. Tickets for the opening event are only available at the ticket counter on the day of the event. In German and English.

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Former runway at Tempelhof Field, Berlin, 2017. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
Tuesday, 13 Oct
Discussion

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

urbainable – stadthaltig Corona, Public Space and the Mobility Turn

The coronavirus pandemic has once again raised awareness of the importance of public spaces in our cities. Recent experiences with the more intensive use of public spaces offer the opportunity to push forward projects that have been acknowledged for some time. Options for action, strategies and measures will be discussed. Jörn Walter in discussion with exhibition participants and politicians. In German.

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